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Euro 2016: Daniel Sturridge snatches late winner for England to seal 2-1 win over Wales

Euro 2016: Daniel Sturridge scored late into the game to snatch the winner for England over neighbours Wales.

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England had the pick of the results at Euro 2016 on Thursday as they beat neighbours and rivals Wales 2-1 with literally the last kick of the game. It was a tactical exhibition by England boss Roy Hodgson who saw two of his substitutes come off the bench and score - one with seconds to spare. (Source: AP)

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It was Wales who took the lead in the 42nd minute when a free kick by Gareth Bale crept into the England goal despite a desperate dive by keeper Joe Hart. One could argue that Hart could have done better to parry the free kick which was swerving but wasn't at an uncomfortable height or distance to bother a world class goalkeeper. (Source: Reuters)

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Gareth Bale's goal sent fans across borders into a tizzy as Welsh fans lit flares to celebrate in Cardiff. (Source: Reuters)

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Wales' lead was wiped out ten minutes into the second half by Leicester City's Jamie Vardy who was on hand and alert to capitalise on a Welsh players mistake from inside the box. As a Wales player jumped highest to clear a cross, his header wasn't directed properly and only came into Vardy's path with the striker making no mistake from within three yards out. (Source: AP)

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England grabbed the winner with seconds to spare when Daniel Sturridge toe-poked a stray ball inside the area into the back of the net to send the entire England side, fans and staff in ecstasy. England played quick passes on the edge of the area before the Liverpool player used little room to score. (Source: AP)

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In the second game of the night, Northern Ireland picked up their first goal, first point and first win after beating Ukraine 2-0 in a dreadful night weather-wise in Lyon. But that wasn't going to stop the Northern Ireland players and fans from celebrating a remarkable and well played win. (Source: AP)

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Gareth McAuley gave Northern Ireland the lead in the 49th minute when he jumped highest over his marker to bullet his header across the keeper into the back of the net. (Source: Reuters)

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After consistent rain throughout the game, the weather became even worse by the 58th minute when hailstones started to fall and the referee had no option to suspend the game for a few minutes. (Source: AP)

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Having withstood Ukraine's pressure, Northern Ireland sealed the game beyond a shadow of doubt with Niall McGinn scoring in stoppage time to extend their advantage and raise hopes of a last-16 entry. (Source: AP)

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In the final game of the night involving neighbours Germany and Poland, neither side was able to put the ball in the back of the net with very chances created as well. The best chance for Poland fell to Arkadiusz Milik who failed to read the cross properly and hit the ball with his face from two yards out. (Source: AP)

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For Germany there were multiple chances including ones for Mario Gotze just after the break but the best of the lot fell to Mesut Ozil in the 69th minute. The Arsenal midfielder took a shot from inside the box from his right foot but his curling effort was acrobatically saved by Lukasz Fabianski who was coming in for injured Wojciech Szczęsny. With the draw, Ukraine have become the first team to bow out of the competition. (Source: Reuters)