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England subs bury Wales

16-June-2016
16-June-2016 20:15
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Daniel Sturridge struck a stoppage-winner as England came from behind to beat Wales 2-1 in a pulsating Euro 2016 encounter in Lens.

Gareth Bale's long-range free-kick had given Wales a memorable lead but half-time substitutes Jamie Vardy and Sturridge hit back for the Three Lions in dramatic fashion.

It proved to be an historic result for Roy Hodgson’s men as they overturned a half-time deficit for the first time at a major tournament.

In what was a frenetic encounter - played at a pace more accustomed to the Premier League rather than an international tournament - Bale capitalised on Joe Hart's poor positioning with an outstanding 35-yard free-kick to give the Welsh the lead at the interval.

Hodgson had to act and did so by bringing on Sturridge and Vardy for the second half, which was 11 minutes old when Vardy reacted quickly in the box to turn home with just his third touch of the game.

England pushed hard for a winner but Wales were holding firm. Their resistance, however, was broken in stoppage-time as Sturridge danced his way into the Welsh area, played several one-twos and struck home at the near post, sending Hodgson's men top of Group B.

Attention now turn to Monday’s final group game with Slovakia in Saint-Etienne where, should England avoid defeat, they will guarantee their spot in the knockout stages.