A stunning goal from Gareth Bale gave Wales the lead in their match against Slovakia, yesterday. After being deprived of a penalty when Martin Skrtel elbowed Johnny Williams in the box, the Welsh were tested when Slovakia equalised, but Hal Robson-Canu found the net once more proving that Wales are more than just a one-man side.
England got off to a flying start against Russia, demonstrating the kind of fluid attacking play that fans have been dreaming of. However, despite dominating the first half, the match remained goal-less at half time. After a dummy run by Harry Kane, Eric Dier’s free kick found the net giving him his first goal for England, and giving them the lead. On the balance of play, England looked certain and deserved winners, but a freak header in extra time denied them the three points, leaving the team, manager and fans devastated at such a cruel twist of fate.
Perhaps more disappointing was the news of the post-match violence that broke out in the stands between Russian and English fans. For the third day, this re-emergence of football hooliganism has overshadowed the football in the eyes of the media. Ironically, it is not terrorism that has been the biggest threat to the Euros, but the shameful ignorance and bigotry of a small minority of fans.