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Dominant England punished by Russia

  • Dominant England punished by Russia

    MARSEILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Eric Dier (R) of England celebrates scoring his team's first goal with his team mates Dele Alli (L) and Wayne Rooney (C) during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group B match between England and Russia at Stade Velodrome on June 11, 2016 in Marseille, France. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Dozens of Russian fans charged at England supporters inside the stadium immediately after the final whistle of their 1-1 draw in the Euro 2016 Group B match in Marseille.

The Russian supporters grabbed flags and threw projectiles, forcing panicked England fans to clamber over barriers as stewards looked on, a Reuters witness said.

A stoppage-time goal on Saturday (Sunday AEST) by Vasili Berezutski, helped over the line by Denis Glushakov, gave Russia an unlikely draw after Eric Dier appeared to have won the game for England.

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The English were on top for most of the game, producing a performance of verve and confidence that belied the youth of the squad, and were well worth the lead earned by Dier's brilliant free kick from the edge of the box after 73 minutes.

Vast swathes of England fans filling most of the 67,000 Stade Velodrome seats were acclaiming the win only for captain Berezutski to leap above Danny Rose and loop a header beyond Joe Hart that substitute Glushakov touched, seemingly over the line, although organisers UEFA awarded the skipper the goal.

"I think we played very well the whole game and to give away the draw like that at the end is very disappointing," said Dier.

"We didn't see it out in the right way but we didn't lose.

"We have got to pick ourselves up and go again. I thought our level was extremely high...we did everything right."

The equaliser meant England have failed to win their opening game in any of their nine appearances at the European Championship and puts Wales in pole position in Group B after their earlier 2-1 win over Slovakia.

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