- 2nd Half
England - Russia
Euro 2016 - 12 June 2016
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FT: England 1-1 Russia. A stoppage time equaliser steals a point for Russia after Dier thought he had won it for a dominant England.
Heartbreak for England who should have won this game but pay the price for not making the most of their openings.
GOAL!!!! Russia are level. Vasili Berezutski rises above Rose and loops a header into the far corner from a left wing centre.
Wilshere with a diving header clear at the near post but Russia are still pressing...
Smalling called upon to head behind from a right-wing cross. England with a corner to defend...
Three minutes added.
ENGLAND SUB: James Milner on for Sterling.
RUSSIA SUB: Mamaev on, Smolov off.
Kane with the Ronaldo-esque run up... but it's straight and too high. No worries for Russia.
Another free kick to England 30 yards out. Kane over it this time...
It was this kind of night for Roy until...
RUSSIA CHANGES: Roman Neustadter off, Denis Glushakov on. And a few moments earlier Golovin was replaced by Shirokov.
Wilshere feeds Lallana who turns and lets fly from distance. It's well wide.
Eric Dier scored the first England free kick goal in a major tournament in 10 years (David Beckham v Ecuador, 2006). Stat courtesy of Opta.
ENGLAND CHANGE: Wilshere on for Rooney who gives the captain's armband to Cahill.
VIDEO: Dier's drive!!!
Russia will need to press now. Can England finish them on the counter attack?
England deserve it but it's a woeful wall and not quite in the corner. Akinfeev will be disappointed.
GOAL!!!!!!! Dier steps up a crashes a wonderful 20-yard free kick into the corner.
Georgi Schennikov goes in the book for obstructing Alli. Free kick to England 20 yards out. Great opening for the Three Lions...
SO CLOSE! Akinfeev produces a sensational save to touch Rooney's low shot onto the crossbar after Rose's cutback had been diverted into the captain's path. Lallana smashes the rebound against the post but is flagged offside.
Nice shot from a different perspective.
Everyone's calling it...
Could Vardy have a late party here?
Good shout this...
Rooney flights ball through the middle for the run of Alli who can't quite get there.
England's attacking players have definitely ALL dipped. Time for a change surely...
VIDEO: Smolov's effort.
Time for a change? Sturridge or Vardy?
Fyodor Smolov curves a 20-yard effort just wide of Hart's left-hand post after Dzyuba had done enough to prevent England clearing their lines from a high ball forward.
Cahill booked for tripping Dzyuba after the Russia forward had cleverly rolled the defender.
From flowing football in the first half to a real battle.
Rooney's influence not as strong in this half as Russia press with a series of corners. Vasili Berezutski meets the latest from the right but can't guide his attempt on target.
Hart forced to tip over from an awkward header from Dier after the Spurs man was surprised by the corner. The second delivery is well defended by him though and England survive.
Kokorin with an attempted volley that would have been ambitious for Marco van Basten... it takes a deflection and the Russians have a corner.
Too casual from Sterling as he tries to play a pass through a defender's legs after a probing run down the left.
A better spell for the Young Lions after a sleepy start to this half.
Rooney steps up but curves his free kick wide of the right upright.
Another free kick to England 25 yards out just right of centre. Rooney over it.
Kane's free kick isn't quite cleared. Dier helps it back in for Sterling... the forward sees his shot saved, but he's offside. It wouldn't have counted.
Sterling is driven wide but teases a defender into a silly tackle and England have a free kick on the edge of the area on the left just near to the byline.
A looping Smalling header falls for Sterling in the area but he can't kill it dead and move in on goal...
England haven't got going in this second half. Russia with most of the ball. A real contrast to the first period.
Some early warning signs for England. Will they be made to pay for not making their superiority count in the first 45?
Kokorin gets free on the right of the area and cuts it back for Artyom Dzyuba, but the Russian is just beaten to it and hacked to safety thanks to some last-ditch defending from Smalling.
Russia already looking more competitive!
Rooney turns from deep and clips a ball into the left channel for Sterling but it skips off the turf and just out of player despite the best efforts of the winger. A rare Rooney pass to go astray so far.
KICK OFF! Russia restart the contest looking for a much improved showing. England will be aiming for the same high tempo and hunger to win the ball and attack.
Lots of love for Rooney so far...
The England fans belting out their national anthem as the half comes to a close. HT: England 0-0 Russia. The Young Lions have completely dominated but could not take any of their openings.
Rooney HAS done pretty well in this first half. How long before we see Vardy if this inability to finish continues?
Another Rose cross is aimed towards Sterling but Akinfeev is there to bravely bundle it clear.
Rose smashes a cross-shot into the area but Kane can't get near it to divert it on target. England still carving out good situations...
More corner stats as England continue to boss it.
Interesting point from Toby Keel in his preview on Europosrt.co.uk earlier: "Hodgson's England have struggled for tournament goals despite a wealth of attacking talent - since a 3-2 victory over Sweden in their second match of Euro 2012 the Three Lions have netted just three times in five outings, only one of which was won."
Stats on Kane's corners... What next?
It's been impressive stuff from England, but all about the nearly moments so far...
VIDEO: Rooney's volley.
Kane works a short corner and whips a curving delivery into the middle but Akinfeev is able to get there ahead of the plethora of England bodies in the area.
Another flowing move from England sees Kane just about denied a charge on goal. Another corner to the young Lions.
Great pressure from Alli to win the ball on the flank and tee up Rooney for that shot. Nice control and volley from the skipper but too close to the keeper.
Rooney flashes in a thumping effort from distance but Akinfeev just fists it clear.
Seen anything from the first half to suggest this might change in France.... This is England's ninth appearance at the European Championships. It is the most of any country without ever winning the tournament.
A woeful corner from Kane goes far too deep. Cue more groans from those unhappy that the main striker is not in the box waiting to get on the end of one!
After an up and down first season at Man City, Sterling looking revitalised for England so far. Let's hope he continues to make positive runs.
Rooney gets back to thwart a Russia break with a clever flicked clearance. Nice bit of midfield responsibility there.
DID YOU KNOW? England's squad is the youngest at the tournament, with only four survivors from Euro 2012.
Kane puts the ball in the net... but he's offside. Lallana tries to play a first-time pass into the forward following another flowing move on the left. The Spurs man was miles offside!
The only thing missing from this England display is the finishing touch.
Russia with a spell of possession, quite possibly there best of the match. It lasts a mere 30 seconds or so...
Another England corner... but this time there are no real concerns for the overworked Russian rearguard.
Great last-ditch challenge from Igor Smolnikov to deny Sterling a clear strike on goal following a nice flick-on from Kane and a secondary touch from Lallana.
How is this still 0-0? England have gone close on a number of occasions. Russia hanging on but could yet provide a sting if the Three Lions don't make one count soon.
CLOSE! Alli feeds another barnstorming run from Walker who cuts it into the path of Lallana, but the Liverpool man drills his shot a yard or so wide of the far post. Good chance wasted.
DID YOU KNOW? Excluding penalty shoot-outs (counted as a draw), England are unbeaten in their last seven European Championship matches (W4-D3), since the 2-1 defeat against France in their opening match of EURO 2004. This is currently the second longest unbeaten streak behind Spain's 12 matches.
Sterling and Rose causing more problems down the left but this time the Spurs full back's cutback lacks any pace and Russia clear.
Fair to say England are the better team here.
Sterling ghosts past a couple of defenders on the left and back heels to Rose who fires a low cross right down the centre of the six-yard box. Alli can't react in time to adjust his run and the chance of a tap-in goes begging.
SAVE! Hart is well positioned to claim Sergei Ignashevich's firm header from Oleg Shatov's right-wing free kick.
Hyperbole overload on Twitter. Guillem Balague saying England are the most exciting team at the tournament so far... and Gary Lineker has his tongue firmly wedged in his cheek...
PHOTO: Lallana goes close.
Kyle Walker has made a superb, marauding start to this game.
Rooney picks out Kane who cuts in from the left and arrows a shot well wide of target from distance.
VIDEO: That close call from Kane just moments ago.
Smalling meets Kane's right-wing corner with a bullet header that is well held by Akinfeev.
Latest observations from the press' 'Rooney watch'...
Not much love for England's first corner a few moments ago...
Sterling teases a cross in from the left for Alli who guides a free header towards the far post where Kane is an inch away from touching home!
The England corner is cleared but worked back into the area where Smalling is flagged offside with Akinfeev flapping. Good signs in these opening exchanges that there are goals in this for the Three Lions.
Walker surges in from the right byline and tees up Lallana who sees a piledriver touched over the bar by the keeper.
A hasty clearance from Hart smashes Smalling in the back. Fortunately there is no Russian player in sight. The keeper gets on with but can count himself lucky.
DID YOU KNOW? England and Soviet Union first met in a major tournament at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. They drew 2-2 in the group stage, before Soviet Union won 1-0 in a play-off to advance to the knockout stage.
England looking quite bright early doors. Lallana's run causes a miscued header clear to Alli who flashes a 20-yard volley wide.
Igor Akinfeev forced to come out of his area to nod clear with Sterling in pursuit. The Man City man gets an early chance to run at the defence seconds later but his subtle pass towards Kane is nowhere near the Spurs forward.
Can England make history tonight and get off to a flyer? Incredibly, the Three Lions have never won their opening match of a European Championships (D4-L4).
KICK OFF! England get the game underway.
Russia's Pavel Mamaev: "I think England are a strong team. Of course, they have world-class players but first and foremost they are a big team in Europe because they are a team, not individuals. But I believe that we have a very strong attacking team, all the players are in their prime and we are ready to take the fight to the English defence."
HEAD-TO-HEAD: England have won six of their 14 matches against Soviet Union/CIS/Russia (D4-L4).
England have lost on penalties in the quarterfinals in both of their last two appearances at a European Championships, against Portugal in 2004 and Italy in 2012.
England captain Wayne Rooney: "The longest time in tournaments is always those few weeks in the build-up to the first game, and we're within touching distance of that first game now. You can sense the excitement around the team and around the team hotel, and I think you sense that excitement around the country."
England and Russia last met in qualifying for EURO 2008, with both matches being won by the home team. England won 3-0 on 12 September 2007 while Russia triumphed 2-1 in Moscow on 17 October 2007. England failed to qualify for EURO 2008 after losing their final qualifier 3-2 at home against Croatia. Russia overtook them to qualify with a 1-0 win in Andorra.
Russia coach Leonid Slutsky: "We did speak about how it would be good to play against England from the top-seeded teams and that’s what has happened. However, I’ll say again that there are no weak teams at the European Championships. But in terms of our preparations, some of the teams’ playing styles are more similar than others.”
Lots of focus on off-the-pitch issues with fans in Marseille. Here's Eurosport's Marcus Foley with a report on what he witnessed over in France.
DID YOU KNOW? England have never won their opening matches at a Euro finals, drawing four and losing four. Will that change tonight?
Any pre-match predictions? I'm thinking similar to the legendary Lothar!
England manager Roy Hodgson: "You can't wipe the slate clean. We'll live with the fact it's been 50 years since we won a tournament but all we can do is hope the players approach this one with a relaxed attitude... My fear as a coach would be that the players take anxiety on to the field, that they're weighed down when they go out and don't play as well as they like, imagining the headlines. We try to encourage them to believe in themselves, go out and play the football we've been trying to play, and we'll see what it brings."
No surprises with the England team. Many were reporting this would be the line-up yesterday. Harry Kane will be supported by Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling in a front three with Jamie Vardy on the bench.
Obligatory UEFA team sheet.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - ENGLAND: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Alli, Dier, Rooney; Sterling, Kane, Lallana. /// RUSSIA: Akinfeev; Smolnikov, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Schennikov; Golovin, Neustadter; Smolov, Shatov, Kokorin; Dzyuba.
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