Euro 2016, Match 16: England vs Wales — As it happened...
With the win, England now top the Group B with four points. They have earlier settled for a draw with Russia. Wales are still second with three points, thanks to their 2-1 win over Slovakia.
England boss Roy Hodgson made an emphatic statement with two of his subs — Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge — scoring for the Three Lions. With the win, England now top the Group B with four points. They have earlier settled for a draw with Russia. Wales are still second with three points, thanks to their 2-1 win over Slovakia.
90+3' - England (Vardy 56'; Sturridge 90+2') 2 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Daniel Sturridge produced just the perfect goal to give England all three points! Good work from Deli Alli to breach that seemingly unbreakable Wales defence, then the Liverpool player scrambled for the goal.
89' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Kyle Walker had a go, but no harm done to Wales as the match approached the closing seconds.
87' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: England continued to apply pressure on Wales, but in vain. And for a change, Wales got the chance to test England defence.
Then, Eric Dier, after regaining the possession, tried a long ranger. No trouble for Wayne Hennessey.
83' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Seventh corner for England, and Kyle Walker's delivery failed to reach none of his team-mates.
80' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Jonathan Williams had good sight of the goal, but his right footed drive sailed over the bar.
77' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Good work from Wayne Rooney to keep the possession inside the Wales box, but he failed to link up and Aaron Ramsey won the ball back.
75' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: With more than 65% possession, England could have done much better. But credit to Wales defence, the match is still alive.
In between, Gareth Bale missed a good chance, as he failed to connect the ball.
73' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: And sensational Rashford on for England. Adam Lallana out.
71' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Change Wales. Hal Robson-Kanu out, in Jonathan Williams. For England, Marcus Rashford is ready.
69' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Brilliant interception from Wales defender James Chester, just inside the Wales half to cut short a promising England move. But England continued to press hard.
66' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Yet another long ranger, in vain, from Daniel Sturridge. And injured Joe Ledley off, in David Edwards for Wales.
63' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Complete miscue from Daniel Sturridge and wasted chance. Dragged kick, at best. Then, play interrupted as Joe Ledley was floored after a heavy contact with Sturridge.
60' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: Continuing with that no off-side call on Jamie Vardy, the last contact before the ball arrived to Leicester player was from a Wales player – Ashley Williams'.
57' - England (Vardy 56') 1 - 1 (42' Bale) Wales: From the following second corner, Jamie Vardy – from an clear off-side position – buried a goal to level.
55' - England 0 - 1 (Bale 42') Wales: Out of nowhere, Aaron Ramsey produced a long-ranger and made a good account of the attempt. On counter, Wayne Rooney earned a corner from his low drive, which almost beat a diving Wayne Hennessey.
52' - England 0 - 1 (Bale 42') Wales: Shooting practice for Daniel Sturridge as the Liverpool player tried a long ranger from some 45 yards. And the ball sailed over the bar. Moments ago, England were in complete control.
51' - England 0 - 1 (Bale 42') Wales: Goal kick to Wales from an exciting England play. Kyle Walker wasted the chance as he hold onto the ball too long for comfort.
49' - England 0 - 1 (Bale 42') Wales: Still a good start for England. Kyle Walker won a corner. From a Wayne Rooney delivery, Wales won a throw in.
46' - England 0 - 1 (Bale 42') Wales: Double change for England as Roy Hodgson opted for Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge for Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling respectively.
It was all down to world's most expensive player and a mistake from England no. 1. The free-kick had some venom but Joe Hart could have done much better.
For numbers, England had 64% possession, and got six attempts, to Wales' three. But when the teams emerge for second half, Three Lions will play the chasing game.
— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 16, 2016
45+1' - England 0 - 1 (Bale 42') Wales: With that, Wales ended the first half with a flourish. After one minute of additional time, players off. And Gareth Bale once stars.
44' - England 0 - 1 (Bale 42') Wales: A vicious free-kick from Gareth Bale, and Wales scored their first goal against England in 32 years.
All of sudden, Wales have taken the lead despite chasing English shadows. Some forty yards. Good kick.
41' - England 0 - 0 Wales: On counter, Gareth Bale ran the entire centre of the field and released the ball on the left, but there Neil Taylor failed to make good use of it.
37' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Kyle Walker got a rare chance to beat rival defenders inside Wales half, but his run was cut short thanks to a traveling long ball. Goal kick to Wales.
35' - England 0 - 0 Wales: England continued to apply pressure, and another corner. Another Wayne Rooney delivery, but Chris Smalling header just missed the target.
31' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Natural swing of the arm and Wales defender Ben Davies survived a penalty call. Could have easily been a handball. That was some move from England.
30' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Ben Davies conceded another free-kick to England with a foul. Wayne Rooney's free-kick failed again.
28' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Another corner to England, and Wayne Rooney's delivery found Deli Alli but the young player was cautioned for a foul on a rival defender. Goal kick to Wales.
26' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Late tackle on Danny Rose by Joe Ledley in front of Wales box. Free kick to England. Wayne Rooney produced a good delivery but Gary Cahill's header found a waiting Wayne Hennessey ready for it.
24' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Reckless tackle from Adam Lallana, and free-kick to Wales. From the following play, Wales could only see England winning the ball.
22' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Free kick to England, thanks to yet another run from Dele Alli. Harry Kane wasted the opportunity. Not a good attempt. Ball sailed over.
20' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Finally, some play from Wales players, first glimpse of Gareth Bale in a good position. The long ball from deep inside Wales half found Bale fighting for possession with a England defender. Goal kick to England.
18' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Good man-marking from skipper Ashley Williams as Wales just managed to thwart another England attack. But a corner nonetheless.
16' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Spirited run from Joe Allen, but his sprint ended just in front of England goal-mouth. Rare chance, that was, for Wales.
14' - England 0 - 0 Wales: England continued to dominate the proceedings. Raheem Sterling won a free kick but, ended up giving the possession back to Wales.
12' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Yet another England charge but Wales managed to win back the throw-in on the left flank, then, after a couple of inter-play, Wayne Rooney got a shot. Went over the bar.
9' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Bright start from England with Lallana leading the attack with his pace.
6' - England 0 - 0 Wales: First real chance of the match as Adam Lallana broke off to a counter attack, then produced a cross for Raheem Sterling. But the Manchester City player wasted the chance, sending the ball over the bar.
4' - England 0 - 0 Wales: From the following play, Wales won a free-kick inside the England half, on the right side with Aaron Ramsey winning the foul. But, nothing from the free-kick.
3' - England 0 - 0 Wales: First corner to England. Wayne Rooney's delivery, however, was cleared off. No immediate danger for Wales.
2' - England 0 - 0 Wales: After that initial burst, the match got into rebuilding mode for England as they minded the play in midfield, of course, Wayne Rooney in charge.
1' - England 0 - 0 Wales: Early pressure from England, but Wales managed to thwart it, only to see another round of attack coming.
National anthem round!
Hope, it passes off peacefully.
Felix Brych of Germany will conduct the match in Lens today. Remember that Fernando Torres sent-off in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Here are the teams:
England (4-3-3): Joe Hart; Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Danny Rose; Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Wayne Rooney (capt); Adam Lallana, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling
Coach: Roy Hodgson (ENG)
Wales (3-5-1-1): Wayne Hennessey; James Chester, Ashley Williams (capt), Ben Davies; Chris Gunter, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen, Joe Ledley, Neil Taylor; Gareth Bale; Hal Robson-Kanu
Coach: Chris Coleman (WAL)
— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 16, 2016
PREVIEW: Fears of a repeat of violence that marred England`s 1-1 draw against Russia in Marseille last weekend have seen a clampdown on alcohol sales with 50,000 fans expected to descend on the northern French city of Lens.
On the field, all eyes are on whether superstar Gareth Bale can live up to his claims that Wales have "more passion" and that no English player would even get into Chris Coleman`s side.
Bale shone as Wales won their first ever game in a European Championship finals 2-1 over Slovakia with the Real Madrid ace firing home a trademark free-kick.
— UEFA (@UEFA) June 16, 2016
Slovakia`s 2-1 win against Russia on Wednesday means Wales can guarantee top spot in Group B and put England on the brink of elimination with victory.
England boss Roy Hodgson was quick to fend off Bale`s comments having previously labelled the world`s richest player "disrespectful" of his squad.
"It`s a matter of total disinterest to me because none of those Welsh players are available to play for England," said Hodgson.
However, the former Liverpool manager insisted he does welcome the extra hype created by a battle of Britain.
"The derby atmosphere, that`s great," he said.
"It is a game between brothers, if you like. It adds spice, adds interest. That`s something which I can only welcome. If anything, it heightens the occasion, rather than lessens it."
Hodgson could turn to the firepower of Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge or hero of Leicester City`s fairytale Premier League triumph Jamie Vardy after England failed to take a host of chances against the Russians.
Welcome to our live coverage of the match 16 of 2016 European Championship, between British teams England and Wales, being played at Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens.