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Euro 2016: Berezutski earns Russia late draw against England

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An injury time looping header from Russian skipper Vasili Berezutski, taking advantage of a horrible mismatch against England's tiny left-back Danny Rose, earned Russia a share of the spoils after Eric Dier's 73rd minute freekick had given England a deserved lead in their Group B clash in Marseille on Saturday night.

England's fans continued to do their side a disservice after two days of misbehaving on the streets of the city, they booed and jeered the Russian national anthem as it rang around the stadium at the start of the game.

The England team on the pitch was in much better form, and produced an excellent first half, missing just one key element, a goal. Adam Lallana had a couple of good opportunities for England, shooting narrowly wide with his second effort after Igor Akinfeev had produced a solid save after the Liverpool man had shot straight at him with his first effort.

Wayne Rooney was equally guilty of producing a powerful effort straight at the goalkeeper, as England's 4-1-2-2-1 formation ensured that they bossed the ball and created plenty of half-chances, but virtually nothing came the way of Harry Kane, who was largely a spectator for the first half when he wasn't being wasted taking corners.

Russia, who had managed just one shot on target in the first half, played a little better in the second period, keeping a hold of the ball and passing it well at the back, though still offering little genuine threat in the final third.

Joe Hart, who was needed to keep out Ignashevich's header in the first half, was left scrambling in front of goal as Oleg Shatov used Gary Cahill to screen his effort, but failed to hit the target.

England came perilously close to finally breaking the deadlock as Wayne Rooney arrived late in the box and latched onto a loose ball, but his effort was just within arms reach of Akinfeev, who produced a strong right hand to turn the England skipper's effort onto the bar.

Two minutes later though England got the goal their overall play just about merited as Eric Dier was surprise taker of a freekick won by a screaming Dele Alli as he made the most of some contact from Georgy Schennikov after the ball got away from him.

Dier's technique was superb, and while his placement wasn't perfect, there was more than enough pace on the ball to give Akinfeev absolutely no chance as the ball whistled past the Russian stopper into the back of the net.

England though failed to see out the game with substitutes Jack Wilshere and James Milner failing to keep the ball in the corner as the game was fizzling out, and Russia earned themselves a late opportunity as a corner came their way.

While the initial effort was cleared, Russia kept the ball alive and the ball eventually made its way to skipper Vasili Berezutski, whose looping header at the back post earned Russia what could be a crucial point in the final reckoning.

England almost threw away all three points late in the game as Joe Hart came out to shepherd the ball behind for a goal kick only for it to be nicked off him. Russia though failed to make the most of the half chance with England holding on in the end for the draw.

Unfortunately there were some more terrible scenes after the final whistle with the Russian fans seemingly getting physical with England supporters behind Joe Hart's goal and quite literally being accused of trampling over their opponents as they celebrated their point.

Back on the pitch, up next for England is a crucial game against table topping Wales in Lens, while Russia will square off against Slovakia.


England: Hart, Walker, Cahill, Smalling, Rose; Alli, Dier, Rooney (Wilshere 78'); Sterling (Milner 87'), Kane, Lallana

Russia: Akinfeev, Smolnikov, Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski, Schennikov, Neustadter (Glushakov 80'), Golovin (Shirokov 77'), Smolov (Mamaev 84'), Shatov, Kokorin, Dzjuba

Final Score: England 1-1 Russia (Dier 73', Berezutski 90+2')