England yet again started a major tournament without a victory as Vasili Berezutski’s stoppage-time header gave Russia a draw they barely deserved in the Stade Velodrome.
The build up to the match had been marred by pitched battles between English and Russian fans in the streets of Marseille that left one British man in a critical condition.
Roy Hodgson’s side were dominant and fully merited the lead given to them when Eric Dier crashed a 20-yard free-kick high past keeper Igor Akinfeev with 17 minutes left.
The England Coach then removed Wayne Rooney, who came up with a man of the match performance, and replaced him with Jack Wilshere to preserve England’s advantage.It was a decision that failed when Russia snatched a point – and extended England’s record of never starting a European Championship with a win – two minutes into four minutes of stoppage time.Berezutski soared above Danny Rose at the far post to send Georgi Schennikov’s header looping over keeper Joe Hart.The final whistle was the cue for more of the violence that has marred the build-up to this fixture, as Russian fans appeared to charge at English supporters behind thegoal where Berezutski scored.
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