Euro 2016: England Misery As Late Russian Goal Spoils Young Lions’ Night (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

12th, June 2016

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A youthful England side produced an energetic and impressive display in Saturday night’s opener with Russia in Marseille. However, a late goal from Vasili Berezutski robbed the Three Lions of a deserved win. Indeed, with five Tottenham players in the starting line-up, you could say that the English ultimately did ‘a Spurs’.

England were the better side throughout, albeit against a poor Russian outfit. Wayne Rooney, playing in a deeper midfield role, impressed with his passing.

However, despite their dominance, England struggled to find a cutting edge against the Russians, whose experienced backline stood firm.

It took until the 73rd minute for the breakthrough to finally occur, with Eric Dier, a player not renowned for his free-kicks, blasting one past Igor Akinfeev in the Russian goal. Dier’s team-mate Dele Alli had won the questionable free-kick for the English, after running straight into his opponent.

Roy Hodgson replaced Rooney with Jack Wilshere in an attempt to hold on to the victory. However, at the death, Berezutski outjumped Danny Rose to head home a dramatic equaliser.

Despite the result, Hodgson will be pleased by the performance of his charges, even if it did come against a weak Russian side. But if the Three Lions are to succeed in France, they’ll need to start making the most of their good build-up play and start putting away their chances.


(Highlights: Footytube)