Euro Cup: Substitutes Vardy and Sturridge give England 2-1 win over Wales
An injury time goal from Daniel Sturridge help England to register its first win in the Euro Cup match in Group B encounter in Lens on Thursday.
In a match dominated by Roy Houdgons’s side, Real Madrid winger scored from a stunning free-kick in the 42nd minute against the run of play.
From the first minute England players started attacking and put pressure in Welsh defence. England started the match with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane in the attack, while Rooney and Delle Alli controlled the match from the midfield.
In the first 45 it was a huge disappointment for England dominated the half for long periods.
England should have taken the lead in the seventh minute when Harry Kane freed Adam Lallana to cross for Raheem Sterling, but from seven yards out the Manchester City man could only slide the ball over the bar.
Rooney’s foul on Robson-Kanu gave Wels a chance and Bale took the free-kick from 35 yard in his knuckleball style, it went up and down straight into the middle of the goal and Hart pushes it into his own net.
It made the Real Madrid forward the first Wales player to score against England since Mark Hughes, on his debut, in May 1984
Jamy Vardy and Daniel Sturridge came on at half-time and after the former had equalised in the 56th minute, the latter smuggled in a stoppage-time winner that fired Roy Hodgson’s men to the top of the group.
In the 56th minute Wales captain Ashley Williams failed to clear Sturridge’s flighted cross from the left and Vardy swivelled to tuck away his fourth international goal.
The on-pitch scene soon resembled the Alamo as Hodgson threw on teenage Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford for Lallana, leaving England with four of their five named forwards on the pitch.
Despite the charge it seemed Wales would hold out, only for Sturridge to collect Dele Alli’s clever flick and steer a shot past Hennessey in the first minute of stoppage time, silencing the Welsh hordes.
Wales are a point back in second place, above Slovakia on head-to-head record, and need to beat Russia in Toulouse on Monday to guarantee one of the two automatic qualifying berths.