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England second after Slovakia stalemate

Published: Monday 20 June 2016, 22.05CET
Slovakia 0-0 England
Roy Hodgson's men finished runners-up in Group B after failing to make their chances count against third-placed Slovakia, who will wait to learn their fate.
by Chris Burke at Stade Geoffroy Guichard

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Match statistics

SlovakiaEngland

Goals scored0
 
0
Possession (%)43
 
57
Total attempts4
 
28
on target2
 
5
off target2
 
9
blocked0
14
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
11
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
7

Standings

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Monday 20 June 2016, 22.05CET

England second after Slovakia stalemate

Slovakia 0-0 England
Roy Hodgson's men finished runners-up in Group B after failing to make their chances count against third-placed Slovakia, who will wait to learn their fate.

  • Roy Hodgson makes six changes to line-up ahead of goalless stalemate
  • Matúš Kozáčik makes saves to deny Jamie Vardy, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne
  • Martin Škrtel clears off line from Dele Alli as England fail to make pressure count
  • Runners-up in Group B, England will face Group F runners-up in Nice on 27 June
  • Slovakia come third with four points and face wait to learn their future
  • All the action, analysis and reaction from Stade Geoffroy Guichard


England are through to the UEFA EURO 2016 knockout phase as Group B runners-up after being held to a goalless draw by Slovakia, who will be hoping to join them as one of the four best third-placed sides.

Roy Hodgson elected to make six changes to his line-up, but his team began with a clear edge in Saint-Etienne, working openings with relative frequency. And although their efficiency tended to tail off in the final third, England could easily have struck more than once in the opening period.

Starting for the first time in France, Jamie Vardy was Slovakia's chief tormentor, firing over in the early stages before losing out to Matúš Kozáčik in a one-on-one after racing clear on to a lofted pass. The Slovakia goalkeeper also had to parry a stinging effort from Adam Lallana following one of several Nathaniel Clyne forays down the right.

The Liverpool full-back nearly scored himself after the restart, bursting on to Daniel Sturridge's through ball only to have his shot bounce off Kozáčik's shoulder. Moments later, Vladimír Weiss tested Joe Hart at his near post, but the introduction of Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli helped England settle again.

The Tottenham man even had an attempt cleared off the line by Martin Škrtel seconds after coming on, yet that was as close as the Three Lions went. Unable once again to turn domination into goals, England thus had to settle for second behind Wales and a 27 June meeting with the Group F runners-up – the kind of certainty Slovakia possibly now crave.

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Man of the match: Matúš Kozáčik
Slovakia's last line of defence was solid and reliable throughout, pulling off a vital save from the onrushing Vardy in the first half and making himself too big an object for Clyne to beat in the second. Overall, he produced five saves and won four aerial balls en route to registering Slovakia's first clean sheet in a major tournament contest at the seventh attempt.

Hodgson shuffles his pack
Not exactly renowned for a cavalier approach to coaching, Hodgson surprised many by opting to make half a dozen modifications to his starting XI – England's biggest turnover in personnel at a UEFA European Championship finals since 1980. Some feared a rupture in momentum in a potentially hazardous fixture, but while Jack Wilshere certainly looked some way off his best – and Rooney and Alli helped England recover their poise in the second half – Clyne and Vardy certainly caught the eye. Goals, though, remain a problem.

Slovakia stifled
After his goal and assist against Russia, Marek Hamšík was billed as Slovakia's danger man here. As it transpired, he – and his team-mates – struggled to offer much in the way of an attacking menace. Eric Dier undertook an excellent shielding job in middle and the Napoli favourite rarely got a touch of the ball in dangerous areas, while Clyne mostly won his battle with the speedy Weiss out wide.

Team reporters' views from Stade Geoffroy Guichard

Rastislav Hríbik, Slovakia (@UEFAcomRastoH)
The main priority for Slovakia was to avoid defeat. Fielding the same side as against Russia, Ján Kozák's charges concentrated on defending, with no rush to move the ball forward. England clearly dominated, but Slovakia were mostly able to block their shots. And behind the Slovak wall was the brilliant Kozáčik, who made some excellent saves – especially from Vardy in the first half. With England duly frustrated, Slovakia's four points look like they may be enough.

Simon Hart, England (@UEFAcomSimonH)
Hodgson's wish for the round of 16 in Nice will surely be to see his team score a first-half goal. Here, as against Russia, they had the opportunities to seize control before the break. As in Marseille, though, they paid for a lack of ruthlessness and as a consequence took just a point from a match they largely bossed. Whatever questions follow about Hodgson's much-changed starting XI, Lallana, Vardy and Alli each had a chance to win this match for England but failed to take it. One player who did grab his opportunity was Clyne at right-back, though he was England's only consistent source of width over the 90 minutes.

Last updated: 13/10/16 12.03CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

England

England

23
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
5
CahillGary Cahill (C)
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel (C)
6
SmallingChris Smalling
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
8
LallanaAdam Lallana
Substitution60
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution78
11
VardyJamie Vardy
8
DudaOndrej Duda
Substitution57
12
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
14
HendersonJordan Henderson
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
15
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution75
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
17
DierEric Dier
20
MakRóbert Mak
18
WilshereJack Wilshere
Substitution55
22
PečovskýViktor Pečovský
Yellow Card23
Substitution66
21
BertrandRyan Bertrand
Yellow Card51

Substitutes

1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
13
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
12
NovotaJán Novota (GK)
23
HeatonTom Heaton (GK)
5
GyömberNorbert Gyömber
Substitution66
2
WalkerKyle Walker
6
GregušJán Greguš
3
RoseDanny Rose
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
4
MilnerJames Milner
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
7
SterlingRaheem Sterling
11
NemecAdam Nemec
9
KaneHarry Kane
Substitution75
13
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
Substitution55
14
ŠkriniarMilan Škriniar
Substitution78
16
StonesJohn Stones
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
19
BarkleyRoss Barkley
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
Substitution57
20
AlliDele Alli
Substitution60
21
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
22
RashfordMarcus Rashford

Coach

Ján Kozák (SVK) Roy Hodgson (ENG)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Antonio Damato (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution