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Wales thrash Russia to go top; England left frustrated by Slovakia

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 21 June 2016, 11:32 IST

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.

Team Slovakia celebrates and Harry Kane looks dejected during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Slovakia v England at Stade Geofroy-Guichard on 20 June, 2016 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Jean Paul Thomas/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

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.

Wales' Gareth Bale (11) and Russia's Denis Glushakov in the 2016 UEFA European Championship Group Stage Group B football match at Stadium de Toulouse. Wales won the game 3-0. (Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)
Neil Taylor (2nd R) of Wales celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Russia and Wales at Stadium Municipal on 20 June, 2016 in Toulouse, France. (Boris Streubel - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
Welsh fans support their team during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Russia and Wales at Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, France on 20 June, 2016. (Metin Pala/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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.

Fans support their team during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between Slovakia and England at Stat Geofroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France on 20 June, 2016. (Evren Atalay/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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)
Photo curation: Priyata Brajabasi

First published: 21 June 2016, 11:32 IST
 
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Sahil is a correspondent at Catch. A gadget freak, he loves offering free tech support to family and friends. He studied at Sarah Lawrence College, New York and worked previously for Scroll. He selectively boycotts fast food chains, worries about Arsenal, and travels whenever and wherever he can. Sahil is an unapologetic foodie and a film aficionado.

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