England 2 Wales 1 – Vardy and Sturridge save the day for Three Lions
England leave it late to beat a Wales team who led thanks to a Gareth Bale free-kick
June 16th, 2016
England never make it easy at major tournaments, with Roy Hodgson’s side having conceded a late equaliser against Russia on Saturday night and it appeared as though something even worse was on the cards on Thursday afternoon.
After a lacklustre first-half performance, Gareth Bale struck from a long-range free-kick to give Wales a 1-0 lead and it appeared that the Three Lions were staring down a barrel.
Hodgson had opted to stick with the same starting XI as the Russia game, although his hand was forced at the interval, with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling making way for Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.
It didn’t take long for the subs to make an impact. Sturridge found space on the left-hand side of the penalty are and his cross was only headed into the path of Vardy courtesy of Welsh captain Ashley Williams.
The Leicester striker couldn’t miss and England were level, with the Three Lions then starting to turn the screw and put Wales firmly on the back foot for most of the second half.
However, it appeared that Chris Coleman’s side were going to hold on, with Marcus Rashford being introduced for Adam Lallana with twenty minutes remaining.
As the minutes counted down, Sturridge found a way through into the penalty area and he stabbed the ball home to send England fans up and down the country into wild celebration.
England are now in pole position to win Group B after collecting four points, with Slovakia their next opponents on Monday.