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It’s not often that a team does most of the things right and still ends up feeling gutted at the end of the day. England would be feeling exactly the same after a last gasp goal denied them full points as Russia came back to draw their Group B fixture 1-1.

EURO 2016 – English Frustration

Roy Hodgson left Premier League top striker Jamie Vardy on the bench and opted to start with captain Wayne Rooney in the midfield. This seems to have energized the team which came out of the blocks blazing. A free-flowing performance in the first quarter was a surprise to even the fans as England turned on the heat against Russia. But their dominance came to nothing as wave after wave of attack didn’t result in any goal. Rooney was enjoying his role and orchestrated the attacks with aplomb. Dele Alli looked threatening whenever he got the ball and suddenly England looked a completely transformed side.



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.

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