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Good evening. It was time for the talking to stop for England and
Wales, as both sides started their Euro 2016 campaign in Group B.
We'll have highlights of both matches for you over the next hour,
in the company of Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Dean Saunders.
There have been plenty of false dawns down the years.
COMMENTATOR: England go home. Oh, England are out of the European
Championship. England are out of the World Cup. Heartbreak in a penalty
shoot out. Your commentators in Marseille,
Martin Keown and Guy Mowbray. England walk into another tournament
and the usual mix of hope and hype. As the weight gets longer, the squad
gets younger. Perhaps just precocious enough not to feel the
huge pressure. Well, here is a first test. It's an England line-up that
we're seeing for the first time. So much for Roy Hodgson's overly
cautious reputation, as he selects Wayne Rooney in midfield for the
first time. With the energy of Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana has
wide support for Harry Kane. A first time for the Spurs duo of Dele Alli
and Eric Dier in a competitive international. Nicola Rizzoli
handled the World Cup final. Keeping discipline always key and especially
so when he is in charge, he likes a card. Five players selected from the
title winning CSKA Moscow, including Vasili Berezutski and Sergey
Ignashevich. Won by Smolov. Look at the run of
Smolnikov down the right. Danny Rose with him, and importantly Eric Dier
stopped him from firing. He was racing down the wing, great
challenge from Danny Rose. This is the area where Hiro Mike Neal Paul
Scholes. He's got a bit more pace and he can break from there as well.
-- hit reminds me of Paul Scholes. Brilliant work from Kyle Walker,
that is Lallana! Too straight. Straight at Akinfeev, whose hands
are stinging. Fantastic play from Walker. Good technique from Lallana.
A real test for the keeper. Dzyuba found Shatov. Here is sterling. He's
quick and he's going to have to be to take him on. Sterling in! Cane!
Kane! Wasn't quite crisp enough but it was another England opening. Dele
Alli just drifting into that space. It wouldn't have counted. No,
exactly. It's that man again. Brilliant how he finds space, just
wanted a better finish, of course. Kane, dispossessed by the youngest
player in the Russian squad, turned 20 at the end of last month. The
exception in the squad, because by and large it is experienced, shall
we say. There will be a free kick for Russia. Dzyuba down, Rose
guilty. He goes down very easily. Big jobs to do here. In towards
Dzyuba! But at the front of the queue was Sergey Ignashevich. That
shouldn't be happening, he should be getting an England head onto that
ball. Rooney had to shift the ball quickly
and does so again, to find sterling. Rose is on to it. Alli didn't quite
get his feet sorted out. Impressive again from Sterling. Very good play
again. Danny Rose as well, he didn't give up on him. Little backheel here
from Sterling and Danny Rose is on to this in a flash. It's a great
ball across the box but Dele Alli just can't make up the ground. It's
agonising. Sterling being closed by Oleg Shatov.
Lallana now to Alli, Alli to Walker. Lallana! Drag to wide. Second
shooting chance for Adam Lallana. Another very easy on the eye England
move. Great ball, isn't it? They can't deal with it. England very
strong on either wing. Good interchange play. Couldn't hit the
target, though. Alli, brilliant footwork. Where to
next? Wherever he wants to go! Rooney. Straight down the barrel for
Akinfeev again. Those fists are being made to work. There is Eric
Dier, with a tremendous tackle. Wouldn't quite bounce Lallana's way.
Lallana in there, England hunting. You can see it from the players.
Great play here. He's got no right to get through. You see the new and
the old there. Great technique from Rooney. Straight at the keeper,
fortunately for Russia. They will be mindful of the Uruguay game in the
last World Cup, two lapses of concentration hurt England. Rooney,
Rose! Bounced up awkwardly for Akinfeev, who dealt with it well.
Rose, England go again. Kane, a little bit of space for Harry Kane.
Finding support. A very high Russian line. If someone finds that run from
deep well, they are in. A great ball in from Rose. Dele Alli in their
again. Smalling, and Sterling is onside.
Was he fouled? He was, just outside the box. England free kick. Small
lake of just diving in, Sterling was too quick for him. -- Smolnikov.
Just as importantly, Akinfeev can't be the ball. There is Kane. Akinfeev
gets a glove to it. Touch to Sterling! Sauber Dave from Akinfeev
but the flag was up anyway. It wasn't at the time that Sterling had
a go. -- Sauber save. Look at this from the Russian defence, just
pushing up and catching Sterling offside. That was given away by
Ignashevich. Kane does well to retrieve it. Alli. Kane can't go any
further, another England free kick. They are building something again.
They certainly are. Ignashevich diving in. I think Dier may be going
to run over this. He has scored in his last seven England
internationals, Rooney. He's going to hit it. Can't make it eight this
time. The way he's got his eyes fixed on that target, but it's just
too difficult, it's just too high. Difficult skill to get that up and
down from there. Dzyuba, it has come for Kokorin. Danny Rose didn't know
much about that but fortunately was in the right place to block it. It
is a corner. Danny Rose was nice and tight there, get as close as you
possibly can, create that barrier to block the shot. Russia's first
corner of the entire match. They're coming. Shatov delivery, and Joe
Hart has to save it. Back towards his own goal from Eric Dier. Well,
it's an awkward ball in hand die just doesn't adjust quickly enough,
does he? -- and Dier doesn't adjust quickly enough. Sterling, Rose wide.
Rose with the delivery... Here's Wayne Rooney! What a save! Follow-up
from Lallana off the post but the flag up anyway. What a save that was
from Akinfeev to keep Wayne Rooney out. That is stunning play from
England. It comes back off the post and yes, Lallana is clearly offside.
It's a nice strike as well from Wayne. He doesn't go for power, he
tries to place it. Danny Rose. He is nearly finding Alli. He feels
he was unfairly impeded. The referee agrees with him. A free kick to
England. A yellow card for Schennikov. Very intelligent. Tried
to knock it through the legs. Dyer is right in the mix. -- Dier. Harry
Kane has similar ideas. He leaves it. Eric Dier smashes it. England
find a way. It is a dynamite strike from Dier.
England 1-0 Russia. A stunning strike. What on earth is Dier doing?
A fantastic strike. Four people moved to the left at the wrong time.
Schennikov buries it. A fantastic strike. A flare has been fired from
the Russian end of the field. A couple of others have been lit that
you might be able to see. Let's hope it has not gone anywhere else.
You may just have heard a huge explosion. That again has come from
the part of the ground where the Russian supporters are housed. A
menacing atmosphere down that end. Let's hope nothing gets any worse
than that. Three minutes to go. Three minutes is what the board said
will be added on at the end of this. Difficult moments for England to see
this one through. He cannot stop the cross. Smalling does. Excellent.
State goal side and keep your eye on the ball. -- stay.
Schennikov being closed by James Milner. A good header. It is Vasili
Berezutski! It was a diagonal ball to the far post. What on earth was
Danny Rose doing? He lit looped it into the far corner. He climbed
really high and England are devastated.
The referee has a look at the watch and puts his whistle to his lips. It
is a draw that will feel like a defeat. They had it won, they had
the job done. The Russian captain, Vasili Berezutski, has made it a
point each, rather than the three points that Eric Dier looked to have
got for England. It has finished in Marseille on the field, England 1-1
Russia. I am afraid to say that in the stands there is more to come. We
had another flare at full-time sent out from the Russian supporters. We
then got an invasion of the Russian supporters into the England section.
Plenty of running for the exits as quickly as they can. It is a
horrible end to the night. What are the overriding emotions in
the dressing room? Bitter disappointment. We were winning 1-0
and deservedly in my opinion. To concede a goal so late in the game,
it is hard. Sometimes you are lucky you get it go like that to save the
game for you but when it goes the other way and you lose two points as
a result, it will take a few moments before you get over that. It is part
of football. You have to do that. You need to remember that for long
spells of the game we played really well. At least the goal they did
score was really good. It was not a goal which was easily stopped. We
had the game in our hands. We dominated at times and controlled
the game. We had the best chances. When you concede late on it is
always disappointing and feels like a defeat. It is not the worst result
and we have is to lift ourselves. We have an important game on Thursday.
Naturally a degree of disappointment about the overall result. I suppose
there is plenty of positives to take from that game and still two matches
left. Plenty of positives. Roy will be really disappointed with the
result and with the way they played. It was tough on them. They deserved
more. We always... We have said in the past weeks that we have been
worried about us defensively. If we are going to progress in this
tournament we had to score goals. We got a great goal tonight. This
should have been two or three goals and the game should have been out of
sight. Having said that, it was a very good goal we conceded a couple
of minutes from the end. It is remarkable. In 65 Premier League
games, temp three macro had never blushes the Dier had never shot from
a free kick. -- Dier had never shot from a free kick. I did not expect
him to take it when you have Harry Kane on the pitch and Wayne Rooney.
He said, get out of the way, it is my turn. They must have spotted
something in training in the past couple of weeks that has given him
the authority to go ahead and take it. The keeper doesn't do himself
any favours. That is the smallest I have seen him look on the pitch. He
cannot see the ball. He is too far off his line. So close to the ball
that his reaction time is cut down. He has power on it. The ball has not
gone into the corner. We all thought that was for England but they could
not see it now. Roy thought it was a really good goal. What do you think?
I agree that it was a very good header. It could have been stopped.
Very good centre forward play, pulling out onto the full-back. The
good ball in from Schennikov. That is a superb header. James Milner
makes up the mind of Schennikov. If he stops and jockeys him, it is a
different matter. He does not run past him. A brilliant ball and a
brilliant header. You might have a query with regard to Chris Smalling.
Danny Rose gets beaten at the back post. In the middle of your box, you
have to be looking, who is the danger man? A centre-half is the
biggest player. Make sure you are against him rather than Danny Rose,
who will be bullied like he was there. Do you think the
substitutions were at fault? I thought Wayne Rooney was excellent
in that position. There was speculation about where he would
play. He played in midfield and I thought he was brilliant. He
controlled the game. His passing was excellent. He got the balance right.
He helped out defensively when he needed. I was surprised when he was
brought. In the later stages of the game, some might Wayne Rooney is
vital. He can take the sting out of the game and compose himself,
composed other players in the team. It is a team that lacks experience
generally. They have had chance after chance. The goal you are
talking about, when you are zone marked from the first free kick, no
one marks anyone. It got headed out. When it came back in May were all
over the place. An experienced centre-back sorts it out. That is an
unbelievable save. There are so many positives. It is good to see the
players and a manager talking positively thinking about the way
they have played rather than the result. They will feel like a defeat
which is difficult to swallow at this stage of the game. They need to
be filled with some sort of confidence. They have to be
clinical. A lot of good performances. Dele Alli two. Get his
customary goal that he is a threat. In Schennikov and Wayne Rooney and
Alli, they got the mix right in midfield. There is much like Wayne
Rooney, he chose his moments. When to go. I thought the midfield
blended well together. He did that a few times in the game, timing his
runs going forward. I thought he was very good. I like his positions. He
has a maturity. He understands when to run through. He has a great
awareness about him. He is like a gazelle, going around the pitch.
It's no one is available, no one world take shots. He looked a very
experienced player tonight. Harry Kane was a bit of the boil, wasn't
he? I was at Wembley. He looked very leggy. A lot of games, including all
this season. While we're on about Harry Kane, let's get straight to
the point. What is he doing a corner? I imagine those are his
instructions. It is bizarre. It is well within his right to say to his
manager, find someone else to take penalties. I am York best
goal-scorer in one of the best headers of the ball. Get someone
else to take the corners are not him because he is a top centre forward.
I agree. We have seen how many times England get to the byline. If Harry
Kane get that type of service can use schools. He did not get in on
the end of anything. I thought the two full-backs were particularly
good. You can see the touch as they had. They are an influential part of
the team. Great intensity and desire to get up and down the pitch. When
they get there they have a very good delivery. Especially Danny Rose.
Anticipation and gambling to go in there. Does full-backs are well
within their rights to say to the Centre forward or midfielders, we
have done our job tonight. We have put the ball into the box in
dangerous areas. The time to worry is when you are not creating
chances. You can work on that and work on finishing, which I am sure
they will do. As strikers, asked three, you would say to the manager,
if I'm not getting chances, leave me out. -- us. I am busy not getting in
the right position. -- I am obviously not getting in the right
position. There has been quite a lot of trouble in Marseille. I took the
end, the English fans were rushed by Russian fans.
I'll where there are English fans say may have been attacked for no
reason. It is shameful and embarrassing, isn't it? People say
this might be provoked by the police or other fans. It does always seem
to be in the place where England are. That cannot always just be a
coincidence. Everyone has come into this tournament talking about
terrorism. Hooligans have been put onto the back burner. It is a shame.
Hopefully it will get cleaned up because we do not want to be
associated with that anymore. England fail yet again to win their
first match at European Championships.
Earlier, Wales opened against Slovakia, and after 58 years
without a major football tournament, it was time to wake the dragon.
COMMENTATOR: Chris Coleman's men have saved Welsh football from the
shackles of despair... Your commentators in Bordeaux, Robbie
Savage and Steve Wilson. COMMENTATOR: It has been an
agonising long wait but here it is. Bordeaux is the setting Slovakia the
opposition and these the proudest Welshman you can imagine. Act here
by huge support in this beautiful stadium and this beautiful city. So,
Wayne Hennessey's last-minute back spasm has meant a first ever
international start for Liverpool reserve Danny Ward, and so much
depends on Gareth Bale, but he has broad shoulders. Slovakia did appear
in the World Cup finals in 2010, when they beat Italy. Marek Hamsik
is the golden boy. Nine season is now at Napoli but still only 28.
Kucka has enjoyed a good first season with AC Milan. Chris Coleman
saying yesterday now is not the time to sit back and enjoy the moment,
now is the time to roll up the sleeves and do the job. Hamsik has
dispossessed Bale, ghosted through and he goes on, what a goal... Oh!
Unbelievable! Ben Davies, there, I've got to say what an absolutely
fantastic run from Hamsik, he goes to shoot, cuts inside, just watch
Ben Davies on the line. Fantastic, goal waving. It was within a whisker
of being the worst possible start for Wales. Jonny Williams... Free
kick. The Norwegian referee says yes. So, Gareth Bale is standing
around 30 yards away from the Slovakian goal. Bale, for Wales...
In! Completely fooled Matus Kozacik. Wales 1-0 Slovakia. He's done it
again. Gareth Bale, the way he strikes the ball with his left foot.
Just look at that technique. Up and down. 1-0, Gareth Bale. His 20th
international goal in his 50th cap -- his 55th cap. Can't speak highly
enough of him. Chester forward, Williams looking to nip in between
and he might... Martin Skrtel has bundled into Jonny Williams. Free
kick has been given. The extra official behind the goal nearly got
taken out. As he comes across, Skrtel, just watch his right elbow.
Well, how has that official not seen that? If you're going to have them,
these extra officials, they are not just there to watch the game,
they're there to contribute to decisions. It might be Slovakia's
verse European Championships finals but it's worth saying that the
Czechoslovakia team which won the European Championship in 1976
included eight Slovaks and only three Czechs. Weiss finds Duris.
Weiss... Got to be careful with those legs, the Welsh defenders, and
they were. Suddenly for the first time in the game Vladimir Weiss is a
factor of yellow good feed by Weiss but so many Welsh bodies back
protecting Danny Ward. Wales nearly beat the All Blacks
this morning! And they could -- they are beating Slovakia this evening.
Here is Weiss. Little ricochet. Corner. Now, from a Slovakian points
of view, Weiss with the corner, you want to get all the bodies around,
which it in, get Skrtel and Jan Durica flying in and really test the
goalkeeper. Weiss with this corner. Away by Bale.
Pretty certain he was in an offside position. He wasn't! Not when the
ball was played. That is a lovely ball in for Robert
Mak! Alarm bells were ringing. A great run from Mak. As you can see,
Ashley Williams at the top of the page tries to play offside, on his
own favoured left foot, Mak. Going to be difficult to score from there,
running away from goal. Here comes Chris Gunter. Williams's first touch
a bit heavy, Jan Durica with the slide in. Joe Allen. Lifted in to
Bale! Matus Kozacik just kept it out. Just look at the power. A
standing start but he still knew he was going to beat the defender. He
jumps committee powers it into the ground. -- he jumps, he powers it
into the ground. Still no real threat from Slovakia, but here's
Mak. And now the chance, and the equalising goal! Duda, who has only
been on the pitch for a matter of seconds, has equalised for Slovakia.
Ondrej Duda with the goal. Wales 1-1 Slovakia. Out of nothing. Well, what
a substitution. Great finish. Great run from Mak, 1-1.
Duda, Weiss. Good ball, that. Well taken by Mak. Well hit. Rising, just
too much for Robert Mak. Don't forget, of course, that Slovakia, in
World Cup qualifying, are in the same group as both England and
Scotland. Robson-Kanu, Ramsey in the middle, Bale arriving, Ramsey! What
an opportunity. Robson-Kanu looks up and whips it in. I have to say, I
think Ramsey jumped just a bit too early. Ledley, that's a good ball,
Aaron Ramsey here, can he stay on his feet? Hal Robson-Kanu, it's in!
Hal Robson-Kanu for Wales! Another substitute, another girl, another
Welsh huddle. -- another goal. They are back in front with ten minutes
to play. What an absolutely fantastic ball. Look at Ramsey's
position. He makes it past Skrtel and then Robson-Kanu, on his left
foot, in between the legs of Jan Durica. That pass from Ledley,
Ramsey in a great position, Jan Durica can't get there, yes he
scuffs the shop, Hal Robson-Kanu, but who cares! It's in the back of
the net, 2-1 Wales. Shin and in! Off his shin, but who cares! Look at
those Welsh fans! Duda. Change of pace on that from
Mak, but come out nicely for Hamsik. It's hit the post.
Well, that was close. Hasn't scored in two years, but he gets across
Ashley Williams. Powerful header. Jan Durica for Slovakia. Up two
awards Adam Nemec who hit the post a moment ago. Bale, two onto', Hal
Robson-Kanu the other. Bale again, maybe.
Pushing for the equaliser Slovakia, they are leaving gaps. Two
opportunities now for Wales to finish the game off. Will they pay
for these missed chances? Duda, nice dummy, Mak. Six in this attack in
blue. In from Hamsik to the back post. Wide from Robert Mak. I think
when Danny Ward clears this, the referee will blow his whistle.
WHISTLE And the party will begin!
CHEERING 58 years of waiting, 58 years and
victory in their first game back on the big stage. Hal Robson-Kanu with
the winning goal. Gareth Bale set them on their way. And although
Ondrej Duda equalised for Slovakia, who then had a very good spell,
Wales have won. And you've got to give Chris Coleman massive credit.
He resist the temptation to play the three people who had just come back
from injury. He left Ledley and Robson-Kanu out, on the bench. Then
he brought them on and it was Ledley who played the ball to Ramsey, and
then Hal Robson-Kanu got the winning goal. What a team, what a
performance. Wales 2-1 Slovakia. What can I say? It was like a home
game today. Our fans are just the best in the world and they fully got
behind us tonight and we gave them summary to celebrate. Our boys
showed incredible passion and a lot of courage to come back. Incredible
attitude and mentality. I just thought it was a great game of
football, it had everything. It had goals, it was quite physical, the
atmosphere was electric. Rambo has done great. He's opened up a bit of
space and the ball has dropped to me in the box and I've managed to
direct it into the corner. Not the best finish but one that we're all
delighted about. Man of the Match performance from yourself. How much
did you just enjoy the experience, enjoy the moment and enjoy being on
the big stage? That was the message for everyone, to make sure we not
let this pass us by without soaking it in, enjoying it first and
foremost and making sure that 100% effort was there from everyone.
Credit to this squad of players, every time we do play, the effort is
always there from everyone. When you have that, these are the sort of
results you can get. What goes through your mind when the manager
told you you were going to start in Wales's first ever game in a
European Championships? It was obviously a very proud moment but
then straightaway you switch into game mode and think about all the
preparation you've done and you just want to train and give your best.
We'll learn on the job really because we've never been here, we
don't know what to expect, and we've been a little bit knocked off our
park on the way because there's been a lot happening that doesn't
normally happen, a lot of intrusion, but we can't complain, that's what
we've always wanted, we've always wanted to be here. Next game is
Thursday, we know it's against a fantastic team, we know what the
atmosphere is going to be like, I think it's going to be a great game
come what may, we will go into it and give what we've got and whoever
comes out -- whatever comes out of the mix at the end of it, that's how
it goes. But you can't ask for more than what they've given today.
A wonderful day for Welsh football, Dean. Terrific performance, great
victory and heroic performances right across the field. Just a great
day for the country. We don't get many days like this, so stay awake
as long as you can tonight! LAUGHTER
It's a dream start for us. I didn't know how we were going to do. I
don't think the players would have. But Allen said it earlier, what they
would have gained from this result is the belief that they should be
here and they can compete at this level. So it was a great win. We
will let you enjoy the winning goal once again. Robson-Kanu, magical
moment. Yes, we talked about Chris getting his tactics right. Ramsey
ended up spreading the ball through. And it's a great ball from Joe
Ledley, who Chris has brought himself on as sub, to Aaron Ramsey,
who finds himself in the position he wants to be, and a fantastic strike
from Robson-Kanu... LAUGHTER
He has reacted first to the ball and then on your day, they go in. If
your day is not going well, that hits the land's legs and goes out.
All eyes were on Gareth Bale, as you would anticipate. He got a goal
early in the game. This free kick, this was before against Israel. Same
side, against Andorra again. The keeper must have had a look. He
takes three or four steps to his left. Gareth has smashed it the
other way. I do not think the keeper will be happy. He has taken three or
four steps to his left. If he stays still, he catches that. It is a
decent strike. It did not go in the middle of the golf was that that is
the presence of Gareth Bale and his reputation. As a manager, you try to
do the right thing. -- middle of the goal. The Slovakia goal unsettled
things for a while. It was a little bit nervous. Before the game, you
would say there would be a moment where you are uncertain and under
pressure. It was a great substitution. I think Ramsey should
have fouled him here and used his experience. Bang, reverse back into
the corner where it has come from! This is where you are saying to
yourself, let's see what Wales are made of. They could have crumbled.
Their backs are to the wall. The substitutions were by Chris Coleman.
He played the part in the winning goal. The confidence they will have
will be great and bodes well for a fantastic game coming up against
England on Thursday. There was a Skirtel elbow in the box which we
thought definitely was a penalty. All the officials missed it. I do
not know how he missed it. He was two yards away. If he cannot see
that in front of him, there is a very serious problem. It should have
been a penalty and a red card. He has gone in for him with his elbow.
I would give to read cards for that. What is the point of having that
official that if they do not make that decision or do not spot it?
England did not get away with it but Wales did. I was thinking, here we
go. So many bodies ran the ball. Ashley Williams has got him. He has
still got him. Great strike play. That is the type of goal that Alan
would score. Put his arm across and got his head there. When your luck
is in it hits the post and comes out. We needed luck and we got it
today. Before the game, we highlighted hams sit as star player.
A broad touch from Gareth Bale. Another poor touch from Gareth. He
sends three the wrong way. A left hook. What an unbelievable clearance
that is. Not as good as the Gareth Bale free kick. That moment there
appeared to mind what Wales were about. Everyone giving their all
with last-ditch tackles and preparing to put their bodies on the
line. I thought they were superb. England, Wales next. If they play
like that we -- they will not lose many. Let's hope everyone behaves.
How do you see that game going? I think England will have a lot of
possession in the game. The world skies will be comfortable sitting
back and hoping. The likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Seeing Wales
qualifying, they are 18. They do not want to take focus of the team. It
is not about individuals, it is a unit. It is their strength and core.
Chris Coleman got his tactics absolutely spot-on. The decisions he
made to bring the players off and Robson-Kanu on were brilliant.
Because they work for him, will they go with Robson-Kanu again? Do you
see England shifting tactics because it is Wales? I thought today, the
England game was crying out for Jamie Vardy to stretch the
opposition back four. It did not happen. There is food for thought
for Roy Hodgson in attacking positions. The final ball may be was
not as clinical as we would have expected. A pointer for Wales will
be excellent and less so for England. If you win the first game
you are more or less through. Even if they get beaten against England,
they still have a good chance. So, Wales and England face
each other on Thursday. Match coverage will
be across the BBC. We start on BBC Two at 1pm,
before switching to BBC One at 1.30 There will be commentary across
5live and the BBC Sport website And if you fancy picking your
starting XIs for both sides have a look at our selector game
on the website. The day's first game saw Albania -
making their European Championship debut -
take on Switzerland in Lens. Kevin Kilbane watched this one
alongside Simon Brotherton. Rodriguez getting away. Finding a
little bit of space. He has done well.
Happy to see it bounced behind. Both full-backs getting forward,
Rodriguez in particular. An excellent left foot. The header
finds the back of the net. Inside the first five minutes of the game,
the best start for Switzerland. The Albanian captain will be put
straightaway. The Spanish referee is no more than ten paces away from it.
A heavy challenge. Here is a chance. A good save. The
danger is still not cleared. The offside flag goes up. It would not
have counted anyway. The goalkeeper called into serious action for the
first time this afternoon. They are claiming a handball here.
He has already been booked by the referee,
Cana. The captain of Albania is sent off.
That free kick from Dzemaili. Albania, a good chance. Side netting
by Sadiku. He is denied by the goalkeeper. What a chance and what a
save. He has made some really good saves. A brilliant ball played in.
So unlucky. Switzerland joined France on three
points in Group A. If the top to both win their will go through to
the last 16. Tomorrow Northern Ireland play
in their first major They face Poland in
their opening match. Two men who weren't even born back
in 1986 were the Evans Was he a good big Brother? He was
all right. Was he a pain? The best brother I could wish for. The first
ever Brothers to appear for Northern Ireland in a major finals, a piece
of history. How good will it be to share it with Corry? It would be
great. To go into the tournament, it is something we are both very proud
of, presenting our country. It is great we do it together. What would
your first footballing memory be of your brother? He was out playing
with kids and a boy would be standing around watching. Once he
was older, I was allowed to join in. I always welcomed him. He was a fast
centre forward at that stage. He was always scoring the goals. I would
take a position at the back, even in street football. We were always
close growing up. There was mum and dad, myself and Corry and my little
sister. Away from home and living in England. It was a big commitment for
all of us to make. I think that has kept us really close growing up as a
family makes it all worthwhile. How hard is it to get the balance right?
It is not about making up the numbers. It would be a new
experience for us all. We want to go and be competitive. At the same time
we will enjoy ourselves. You play aggressive football when you are
enjoying your football. You are at your calmest and you go and express
yourself. Our coverage of Northern Ireland's
game against Poland starts on BBC One at 4:15pm
with Neil Lennon, Then we get our first look
at World Champions Germany who take It is a big day for Northern
Ireland. A 30 year wait. It is phenomenal for them to be here. They
have topped the qualifying group. A staggering achievement to be here.
Enjoy it. They will fancy themselves, won't they? Why not? It
is another Wales in a way. They have that togetherness. Not perhaps the
individual talent that one or two of the Wales players have. But they
have the same spirit and collective work rate and can resist pressure.
They will come up against some really good teams that they have the
equipment to stop the ball going past them. They have three
centre-backs playing in the Premier League, which is great. Lafferty
bangs in a few goals for them. An element of doubt about him. Playing
with the three centre halves, they will have opportunities. There will
be playing against one of the top number nines in world football. He
has scored over 40 goals this season. We will see Germany
tomorrow. They tend to do quite well. Not bad. They don't have a bad
centre forward in their team! Miller is or is there with the Golden Boot.
I am looking forward to it. -- Muller. Wales became the first
British side ever to win their first game in the opening round of
European Championship. Good night. England have never won their opening
match in the European Championship. Eric Dier! Eight dynamite strike. A
header. The equaliser. Gareth Bale for
Wales. He has done it again! Another chance. Duda and the equalising
goal. Robson-Kanu for Wales. This DA