And the second half was no different as Russia chose to sat back and soak up the pressure of English attacks. England had to wait until the 73rd minute to get into lead – thanks to a 20-yard thunderbolt from Eric Dier that rifled into the top corner. England kept their upper hand even after the goal but missed a spate of chances to put the result beyond doubt. And Russia made them pay in injury time with a goal from Denis Glushakov earning them the spoils. England now put more pressure on themselves for the next encounter against Wales.
Player of the game
Eric Dier curled in a brilliant free-kick to open the scoring for England only for the Russians to cruelly snatch an undeserving point. But Dier’s performance in shielding his defence was exemplary with the Tottenham midfielder breaking up play and covering for his full-backs. On a day of free-kicks, Dier even eclipsed the free-kick effort of Gareth Bale against Slovakia.