Agencies (Qasioun) – The match between England and Wales ended with a hard victory for the English team 2-1, at the European Championship Tournament Euro2016.
The Welsh football star “Gareth Bale” scored from a long-distance free kick in the 42nd minute. But England coach Roy Hodgson brought on Jamie Vardy and Sturridge at halftime in an aggressive move to get more finishing power up front.
Vardy scored the equalizer, pouncing on a misdirected defensive clearance in the 56th minute with just his third touch. Sturridge muscled his way into the box to score the winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time.
From looking in a weak position in Group B, the English now find themselves in first place and cannot finish lower than third, likely earning a spot in the last 16.
Teenager Marcus Rashford was also on the field as a substitute, giving England four strikers, when Sturridge scored. The celebrations were manic at the corner flag, with goalkeeper Joe Hart racing the length of the field to join in.
Hart likely breathed a sigh of relief because he had been at fault for Bale's latest goal from a free kick.
Bale had led the sniping and jibes coming from the Welsh camp in the build-up to the all-British match, calling England the ''enemy'' and saying Wales had more passion than its neighbor.
He backed up all his straight-talking with another set-piece goal - but again there were question marks over the goalkeeper trying to save it.
Bale had been kept quiet until his goal, with Raheem Sterling and Gary Cahill squandering close-range chances for England. By the end of the first half, Sterling was being jeered by England fans for his sloppy play and was substituted at halftime along with the equally ineffective Harry Kane.
Source: Associated Press