EURO 2016 : England beat Wales 2-1

The round of games in Group B saw a local derby between England and Wales. Roy Hodgson decided to stick with the same eleven that started against Russia whereas Chris Coleman opted for two changes, bringing in Hal Robson-Kanu and Joe Ledley.

England played with the same style as they did in their first game and dominated possession and created and handful of chances. However, in the 42nd minute Rooney gave away a free kick in the English half. Gareth Bale stepped up and put a lot of dip on the ball as it went over the wall and Joe Hart could only manage to push in into the corner. Wales had the lead at half time.

England made two changes for the second half as Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane were replaced by Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge. Wales were on the back foot in the second half and struggled to get out of their own half. Jamie Vardy scored with his third touch to draw England level as they went in search for a winning goal.

The match looked certain to be a draw as the match entered the final stages however in 92nd minute, Daniel Sturridge, who had been very lively since coming in, popped up inside the box the snatch the winner and break Welsh hearts. It was a goal that England deserved considering they had dominated possession (66%-34%).

This result means that England now only need a draw against Slovakia to guarantee a last 16 place, whereas Wales will need to win to guarantee a place in the knockout stages.

England v Wales - EURO 2016 - Group B


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