England were left frustrated for a third game in a row as they struggled to get their scoring boots on. This time their opponent was Slovakia. They may have beaten Wales in their second match but that took the wind out of them and needed a very late injury-time goal. Against Slovakia, they had gone into the match, knowing that a win would secure top spot in the Group but they could ot make any of the pressure pay.
Roy Hodgson had made six changes from the win over Wales. Hodgosn rested captain Wayne Rooney and brought on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge but that didn't work out. They ended up dominating possession but had nothing to show for it.
In the group's other match, Wales enjoyed a day in the limelight as Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale scored as they thrashed Russia 3-0 to top the group. In fact, Wales became the first ever debutant to advance to the knockout stage since 1996 when Croatia did it.
Slovakia are not down and out as yet. They may have finished third but with four points, they are currently the best third-placed team at the moment. Remember, the top four best third-placed teams also qualify for the knockout stage along with the group winners and group runners-up.
England, finishing second, could end up facing France in the quarterfinals on 3 July at the Stade de France Saint-Denis.
The next matches are as follows:
- Northern Ireland vs Germany (9:30 PM)
- Ukraine vs Poland (9:30 PM)
- Croatia vs Spain (12:30 AM)
- Czech Republic vs Turkey (12:30 AM)