Welsh Dragon Roars but England Whimper

Day 11 of Euro 2016 saw Group B decided, with Wales recording a big win over Russia and England frustrated by Slovakia.

England dominated against Slovakia, but could not find a way past a stubborn Slovakia defence, despite having 30 shots on goal against Jan Kozak’s men. Jamie Vardy had England’s best chance of the first half, firing at Slovakia ‘keeper Matus Kozacik when through on goal.

Nathaniel Clyne saw an effort saved by Kozacik in the second half and substitute Dele Alli saw an effort cleared near the line by Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel. England continued to press and Slovakia produced a back against the wall defensive display to record a draw.

The draw means that England finished the group in second-place, going through on a bit of a whimper, with Slovakia taking third and a likely spot in the last 16 as one of the four best third-place teams. England will face the team that finishes second in Group F and Slovakia will face a much tougher prospect of facing a group winner.

Wales produced a superb display to hammer Russia 3-0 in the other group game and in the process seal top spot.

The Welsh Dragons roared into action early on and established a two goal lead in the first 20 minutes. Aaron Ramsey was played through on-goal by Joe Allen and the Arsenal man kept his cool to dink the ball over Igor Akinfeev.

Chris Coleman’s side doubled their lead on 20 minutes. Gareth Bale’s deflected pass found its way through to Neil Taylor in acres of space on the left. The Swansea full-back advanced on the ‘keeper and beat Akinfeev at the second time of asking.

Ramsey picked-out Bale, who lifted the ball over Akinfeev to seal what was a vital victory for the Dragons. Wales will now face one of the best third-place teams on Saturday afternoon.