England Held To A Draw

England failed to finish top of their group as they were held to a 0-0 draw in their final Euro 2016 Group B game against Slovakia whilst in the other game Wales beat Russia 3-0 to finish top of Group B.

England were very much change going into this match as Roy Hodgson decided to rotate players. Jamie Vardy came closest in the first half having been put through on goal by Jordan Henderson. He beat Skrtel for pace and with the goal keeper to beat he was denied his second goal of the tournament.

Smalling battles for the ball
Smalling battles for the ball

England will now play the runner-up in Group F- which include Hungary, Iceland, Portugal and Austria in the last 16 on Monday in Nice.

Sturridge had the first half-chance of the game. Vardy flicked a header in the six yard box but Slovakia defender Peter Pekarik put his body on the line to block the ball.

Eric Dier of England in action
Eric Dier of England in action

Vardy who is known for his determination and pace showed why he is one of the most feared strikers at the moment when the Leicester forward broke through on goal from Henderson’s pass but goalkeeper Kozacik saved well to deny Vardy.

Clyne who was a constant threat throughout found space on the right wing to centre for Adam Lallana but his effort was beaten away by Kozacik.

England finished the first half well on top but they couldn’t unlock Slovakia’s defence.

Jack Wilshere fights for the ball
Jack Wilshere fights for the ball

In the second half England had a scare when Smalling chest back to Joe Hart fell short but Robert Mak couldn’t get proper contact despite reaching the ball first.

Clyne had a great chance to score when he got in behind goal only to see his effort from an angle deflected over the bar by Kozacik.

Joe Hart had to make a good save from Vladimir Weiss shot having cut in from the left-hand side of the area. After this piece of action Rooney was sent on.

Hamsik in action for Slovakia
Hamsik in action for Slovakia

But it was substitute Dele Alli who nearly scored the opening goal just a minute after coming on. He got on the end of a Henderson chipped cross but his half-volley was cleared off the line by the impressive Martin Skrtel.

For all of England’s domination they couldn’t find the winner and had to settle for second place in Group B finishing with five points out of a possible of nine.

As for Slovakia they finished third and now face an anxious wait to see if they qualify for the last 16 as one of the best third placed team.

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