England Denied Top-spot By Slovakia Who Hold Three Lions To Goalless Draw As European Debutants Wales Top Group B

UEFA Euro 2016

Group B

June 20th

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France

england 0-0 slovakia

England secured a place in the knockout stages of the European Championships after they finished second in Group B as a result of being held to a goalless draw by Slovakia at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne.

The Three Lions finished behind European Championship debutants Wales, who beat Russia to take top spot.

England started well and went close in the fourth minute when a Nathaniel Clyne cross was flicked just over the bar by Jamie Vardy.

England should have taken the lead in the 16th minute when Vardy latched onto a long-ball forward but with just Matúš Kozácik to beat, his effort was smothered well by the keeper.

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A Jamie Vardy strike is smothered by Matúš Kozácik. Image from: EPA

In the 32nd minute, England went close. Clyne pulled the ball back to Adam Lallana who had the goal in his sights, but his effort was straight at Kozácik, who was forced to make a good save.

After the break, England went close when Clyne drove forward before he fired an effort that Kozácik smothered over the bar in the 52nd minute.

Two minutes later, Slovakia went close when Vladimír Weiss forced Joe Hart into a good save at his near-post after his strike had gone through the legs of Clyne.

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Joe Hart does well to save a Vladimír Weiss strike. Image from: EPA

After the hour-mark, England went close to taking the lead. In the 61st minute, Jordan Henderson sent in a teasing delivery into the danger-area where substitute Dele Alli arrived late to fire an effort on the stretch that was cleared off the line by Martin Škrtel under his own bar.

With the number of late goals in this summer’s Euros, it looked as though England would find a late winner, and they went close on two separate occasions with substitute Harry Kane, but he twice headed wide from close-range.

That was the last action of the match as Slovakia held on to frustrate England and deny the Three Lions top spot in their group.

The result meant that England finished second on five points in Group B, behind Wales on six points who beat Russia tonight with both sides progressing into the last-16. Slovakia finished in third and will have to wait and see if they are one of the four best third-placed teams to progress into the knockout stages. Russia finished fourth on one point and bow out.

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