Belfast Telegraph

Euro 2016: England v Russia ends in stalemate after Dier's majestic free-kick

England suffered a stoppage-time sucker punch in their Euro 2016 opener against Russia, allowing the softest of equalisers to Eric Dier's unstoppable free-kick.

England dominated for long periods and thought they had clinched the points when Dier sent a punishing drive into the top corner in the 73rd minute.

But with seconds left on the clock Vasili Berezutsky rose to send a looping England thought they had their moment of release with 20 minutes to go, when Rose drilled in another tempter from the left.

The ball was half-cleared to Rooney on the edge of the box and he looked certain to finish until Akinfeev made a brilliant save, pushing the ball vertically from low down and off the bar.

Lallana rattled the woodwork again as the rebound dropped, but from an offside position.

That merely ramped up the roar that greeted the goal which followed close behind.

Alli was bundled over by Georgi Schennikov just outside the area, leaving Kane and Dier hovering over the free-kick.

Kane skipped over it, leaving his Tottenham team-mate to deliver a rocket into the top corner.

Rooney's impressive outing in the middle ended soon after, Jack Wilshere taking his place, with James Milner arriving late on.

But England were left red-faced as Russia launched a last-gasp foray up the field and grabbed a share of the spoils when Glushakov finished off Berezutsky's looping header.


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