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Last-gasp Berezutski header denies England victory

Published: Saturday 11 June 2016, 23.12CET
England 1-1 Russia
Vasili Berezutski headed in a 92nd-minute equaliser in Marseille, restoring parity after Eric Dier had put England ahead in the Group B contest.
by Wayne Harrison from Stade Vélodrome

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Match statistics

EnglandRussia

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)52
 
48
Total attempts16
 
6
on target6
 
2
off target8
 
3
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides6
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
8

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Saturday 11 June 2016, 23.12CET

Last-gasp Berezutski header denies England victory

England 1-1 Russia
Vasili Berezutski headed in a 92nd-minute equaliser in Marseille, restoring parity after Eric Dier had put England ahead in the Group B contest.

  • Vasili Berezutski's added-time header salvages a draw for Russia in their Group B curtain-raiser
  • The CSKA Moskva centre-back cancels out Eric Dier's 73rd-minute free-kick
  • Dier's second international goal was, until then, just reward for a vibrant England display
  • Next Group B fixtures – 15 June: Russia v Slovakia; 16 June: England v Wales
  • All the build-up, match action and reaction as it happened on UEFA.com


Vasili Berezutski struck in added time as Russia, second best for long periods, rescued a draw from their UEFA EURO 2016 opener against England.

The Russia captain outjumped Danny Rose inside the penalty area, looping a header over Joe Hart into the far corner – despite Denis Glushakov's best efforts to steal the goal on the line. It silenced the masses of England fans, who were in good voice thanks to Eric Dier's wonderful free-kick with a little over a quarter of an hour remaining.

It was a case of what might have been for Roy Hodgson's men on a clammy, close night in Marseille. They dominated for long spells, penning their opponents back. Spurred on by Wayne Rooney – deployed in central midfield – and thrusting right-back Kyle Walker, they twice tested Igor Akinfeev before the break through Adam Lallana.

Russia only had one effort on target in that time, when Sergei Ignashevich headed straight at Hart from Oleg Shatov's free-kick. Leonid Slutski's charges carried a greater threat in the second period, although it was England who seemed to have landed the decisive blow, soon after the busy Akinfeev had made an astonishing save to direct a Rooney shot against the crossbar. 

Berezutski, 33, had other ideas, meeting Igor Smolnikov's ball from the left to earn Russia an unlikely point. It means England have still never won their opening game in a EURO finals.

Goalscorer Eric Dier looks at England positives

Man of the match: Eric Dier
England's Rose, Walker, Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane – all from Tottenham Hotspur – made their major tournament debuts in the imposing surroundings of the impressive Stade Vélodrome. They each played their part, but it was the tidy and economical Dier who seemed to have had the final say.

Two goals from eight caps is not bad for a sitting midfielder, who moved into the top five of the Player Barometer thanks to this display. He completed 61 of his 68 passes and made three interceptions as well as three clearances in addition to his strike. "I thought we did everything right: we controlled the game, we played out from the back, we pressed when we needed to, we won the ball back, we countered," said the Tottenham tyro.

Rooney role
Hodgson's bold move at deploying Rooney, England's 52-goal all-time leading scorer, in central midfield for the first time in his international career was a daring one. The Manchester United player, though, was the Three Lions' conductor throughout, getting on the ball sometimes extremely deep and spraying passes wherever he wished.

No longer the rampaging presence he was in his teens, the 30-year-old still oozes confidence and authority nonetheless.

Experience counts
A lot was made in the build-up about how Russia's centre-back pairing of Ignashevich and Berezutski, combined age 69, might cope against the pace and energy of England's youngsters.

The CSKA Moskva team-mates, however, stood up to the challenge well, dealing with just about every ball that was delivered into their sphere of influence. What's more, Berezutski's goal was only his fifth in 96 international outings.

Artem Dzyuba delight at Russian defence

Team reporters' view from Stade Vélodrome
Simon Hart, England (@UEFAcomSimonH)
Roy Hodgson’s side produced the first-half display of their dreams, the kind of which we’ve seldom seen from England teams at major tournaments – fast and full of freedom and purpose and, frankly, a joy to watch.

Unfortunately, it was a performance lacking in the ruthlessness Joe Hart had called for in the lead-up to this match. England should have had the game won but failed to get that second goal and just as we knew all about their attacking potential, so we knew about their defensive vulnerability and it resurfaced at the worst possible time with that crushing late equaliser.

Richard van Poortvliet, Russia (@UEFAcomRichardVP)
Russia were rescued in added time as Berezutski got a last-gasp goal to give his team a deserved point. Russia were second best in the first 45 minutes but were much improved in the second half and will be full of confidence going into their encounter with Slovakia on Wednesday.

Last updated: 12/07/16 18.11CET

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Lineups

England

England

Russia

Russia

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
2
WalkerKyle Walker
3
SmolnikovIgor Smolnikov
3
RoseDanny Rose
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich
5
CahillGary Cahill
Yellow Card62
5
NeustädterRoman Neustädter
Substitution80
6
SmallingChris Smalling
9
KokorinAleksandr Kokorin
7
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Substitution87
10
SmolovFedor Smolov
Substitution85
8
LallanaAdam Lallana
13
GolovinAleksandr Golovin
Substitution77
9
KaneHarry Kane
14
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski (C)
Goal90+2
10
RooneyWayne Rooney (C)
Substitution78
17
ShatovOleg Shatov
17
DierEric Dier
Goal73
21
SchennikovGeorgi Schennikov
Yellow Card72
20
AlliDele Alli
22
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba

Substitutes

13
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
12
LodyginYuri Lodygin (GK)
23
HeatonTom Heaton (GK)
16
GuilhermeGuilherme (GK)
4
MilnerJames Milner
Substitution87
2
ShishkinRoman Shishkin
11
VardyJamie Vardy
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
12
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
7
YusupovArtur Yusupov
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
8
GlushakovDenis Glushakov
Substitution80
15
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
11
MamaevPavel Mamaev
Substitution85
16
StonesJohn Stones
15
ShirokovRoman Shirokov
Substitution77
18
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution78
18
IvanovOleg Ivanov
19
BarkleyRoss Barkley
19
SamedovAleksandr Samedov
21
BertrandRyan Bertrand
20
TorbinskiDmitri Torbinski
22
RashfordMarcus Rashford
23
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Leonid Slutski (RUS)

Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Assistant referees

Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)

Fourth official

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Daniele Orsato (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)

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