England denied by Russia’s last-gasp equaliser in Euro 2016 opener

England have waited an awfully long time to win their opening match of a European Championship and their desperation at the end of this match will be exacerbated by the way they passed up the opportunity to bury that long run. This was their ninth attempt, stretching all the way back to 1980, and Roy Hodgson’s team ought to be frustrated in the extreme to have surrendered their lead

Hodgson’s men had played with width and penetration and should probably have made it a more stress-free occasion bearing in mind the number of chances they failed to convert before Eric Dier’s 73rd-minute free-kick. Instead the clock had ticked into its third minute of stoppage time when a cross was aimed to the far post the Russian captain, Vasili Berezutski, managed to get in between Danny Rose and Dele Alli to send a looping header into the far corner of the net.

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