Vardy, Sturridge come off bench to lead England over Wales
After a war of words between two border rivals, England was staring into the possibility of a loss to Wales and the extreme pressure of
All that changed with a pair of impact subs. Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge scored off the bench, with the latter coming two minutes into stoppage time, as England beat Wales 2-1 to take a big three points in Group B.
Gareth Bale had opened the scoring with a 35-yard free kick at the end of the first half that Joe Hart parried into his own goal, and it looked dire for England going into the locker room. That all changed through Vardy, a second-half substitute, as he bundled home from close range. He was in an offside position, but Wales defender Ashley Williams was the one who played the ball on, negating the offense.
When it looked like the teams were going to settle for the draw, Sturridge came through with a close-range finish that beat Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey at his near post and seized the points for the Three Lions.
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England closes group play against Slovakia, while Wales will face Russia.