Euro 2016 Update: The home nations play their opening matches

With Euro 2016 well under way and many having already played their opening games, it was mixed feelings for the home nations:

England 1 -1 Russia

England started off well, creating loads and scoring opportunity with Rooney playing in a midfield role. Eric Dier’s wonderful free kick was cancelled out by Berezutski’s looping header in the 92nd minute to deny England a well deserved victory.

Wales 2-1 Slovakia

Talk before the game was about Wales’ Gareth Bale. He opened the scoring with a trade mark free kick in the 10th minute. Slovakia equalised through Ondrej Duda and then late on, substitute Hal Robson-Kanu struck the winner for Wales.

Northern Ireland 0-1 Poland 

Michael O’Neil’s men weren’t at the races in their opener with Arek Milik getting the only goal of the game with a low strike into the bottom corner. They will hope for a much better performance in their next game.

Ireland 1-1 Sweden

Ireland started their much in similar fashion to England, creating loads of chances. They went ahead early in the second half with a lovely half volley from Wes Hoolahan. This was then cancelled out when Ciaran Clark headed into his own net putting all of Ireland’s hard work to waste.


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