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Euro 2016

It required a bit of magic from a pair of substitutes for England to score a dramatic 2-1 win over Wales in Lens. In what was arguably one of the most entertaining games of Euro 2016 so far, England kept their fans and hopes swinging in balance before deciding to hit the jackpot!

Roy Hodgson kept faith in the same team that started against Russia though there were concerns over Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane. And the decision backfired with the pair struggling to justify Hodgson’s faith. To add salt to the wounds, Gareth Bale scored in the 40th minute from a free-kick, which to some extent was because of a terrible mistake by Joe Hart.


Just when their hopes appeared to be heading to a dead-end, Hodgson brought on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge which proved decisive. The pair enabled England get back into the game and suddenly the hopes were back on track.

If Vardy’s goal brought them back into the game, Sturridge’s goal in injury time lifted the gloom that engulfed the English supporters at half-time. Now England can breathe easy as they look almost certain to qualify for the next round, barring a disastrous outing against Slovakia. For Wales, it is a tough pill to swallow but they need to pick their game back and not let their guard down against Russia.

Player of the game

England looked down and out at half-time and they were even booed by their supporters. The introduction of Vardy and Sturridge brought England back into the contest. It is easy to believe that Sturridge’s last-gasp winner was the difference but Wayne Rooney’s performance throughout the game was exemplary. The English captain’s control from the midfield was not to be overlooked in the haze of goals by Vardy and Sturridge.

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