MARSEILLE — A 92nd Russian goal from Vasili Berezutskiy following a corner save an important point for the Russian team in what is becoming a very interesting race in Group B.
This are the most important takeaways of the game:
1) Never go full Hogdson
After England managed to go up 1-0, Manager Roy Hogdson once again showed his conservative approach. With the game tied at 0, England was playing with an aggressive 4-1-4-1 formation.
Just five minutes after England grabbed the lead, Hogdson decided to sub out Wayne Rooney to put a second defensive midfielder in Jack Wilshere. Nine minutes later he took another wide player Raheem Sterling to bring in James Milner.
With the great potential the team has it’s surprising how much the team retreated in the final minutes in the game and let a the win slip away from their hands.
2) Tale of two halves
During the first half England showed dominance and great ability to find spaces and create chances. For the first 20 minutes of the game Raheem Sterling was a real threat down the left flank but slowly disappeared.
The best player for England was Adam Lallana who combined with Delle Alli just seven minutes in to force the first of a few saved by Igor Akinfeev. Lallana had another great chance in the 22nd minute that went just wide off the mark.
However in the second half England worried more about possession of the ball and less about creating chances. The only major chance England crated was in the 71st minute when Rooney’s shot was spectacularly saved by Akinfeev.
3) Bad call gives England the lead
To add to England’s worries the 73rd minute free kick strike from Eric Dier which gave them the lead was preceded by a bad foul call by the referee on Georgi Shchennikov. The bad decision gave a great scoring opportunity to an England team that struggled to creat chances in the second half.
To add to all that the goal happened more because of the poor positioning from Akinfeev who tried to guess where the shot would go and allowed Dier’s strike to go just left of the middle of the goal.
England has to come up with answers soon as they are set to take on Wales in Lens on June 16, while Russia will face Slovakia in Lille on June 15.