Thursday 17 August 2017 / 11:46 PM

STURRIDGE BREAKS WELSH HEARTS IN STOPPAGE TIME

A stoppage-time goal by Daniel Sturridge has snatched a 2-1 victory for England over Wales at Euro 2016 in Lens overnight.

Welsh superstar Gareth Bale provided the underdogs with a shock lead via a long-range free-kick, compounding a woeful 7th-minute miss from out-of-sorts England star Raheem Sterling.

But Roy Hodgson pulled the trigger and injected Sturridge and Leicester City trump Jamie Vardy into his side at halftime, providing England with the impetus they needed up front.

Vardy equalised in the 56th minute, before Sturridge produced a stunning goal in heavy traffic in the 92nd minute to clinch the crucial win.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for plucky Wales, who opened their campaign with a stirring victory over Slovakia. But in their first-ever meeting with archrivals England in a major tournament, the Welsh Dragon’s fire was extinguished in heartbreaking fashion.

Both sides now look to their next match on Tuesday morning (AEST), with Wales taking on Russia in Toulouse and England facing Slovakia in Saint-Etienne.

Wales will progress with a victory over Russia, who drew with England and lost to Slovakia. England has one foot in the knockout-stage door and only require a draw to progress, but the perennial underachievers could be bumped out if they lose to Slovakia and Wales beats Russia.

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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