Germany had an easy outing in Lille with a 3-0 win over Slovakia. Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler got the goals for the reigning World Cup winners to take them into the quarter-finals. There they face the winner of Italy and Spain.
England failed to break down a resilient Slovakian defence as they drew 0-0 in St Etienne.
The point means Chris Coleman’s Wales finish as winners of Group B after comfortably seeing off Russia in Toulouse.
Jamie Vardy had the best chance for Roy Hodgson’s men early on as he raced through on goal and failed to beat the goalkeeper, while Dele Alli nearly made an instant impact when he came off the bench – his first touch was a shot cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel.
Their final position in the group means the Three Lions will face the second-placed opponent from Group F – consisting of Portugal, Hungary, Iceland and Austria – next Monday.
Hodgson gambled by making six changes, with captain Wayne Rooney among those standing down in St Etienne.
Recalls for Vardy and Daniel Sturridge always seemed likely after their match-winning displays against Wales four days ago, with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling duly dropped to the bench.
Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Alli were the others taken out of the starting XI, with Ryan Bertrand, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere on duty.
Slovakia were unchanged from the team that started their 2-1 win over Russia last time out.
After a quiet start in terms of chances, Vardy had England’s first opportunity, showing a superb turn of pace to beat Skrtel. Through on goal, on the left-hand side of the box, the Leicester City striker could not steer the ball past Matus Kozacik.
Clyne, starting in place of Kyle Walker – who has been excellent so far for the Three Lions – got forward well and his pull-back from the byline was not met in the box.
Clyne made another lung-busting run forward and this time found Liverpool team-mate Lallana, whose shot was saved well by the Slovakia shot-stopper.
The first-half showing was dominant by England but it was lacking that clinical finishing ability in the final third.
They had a nervy start to the second half and it could have been much worse after a mix up between Joe Hart and Chris Smalling. Manchester United defender Smalling tried to chest a cross back to the City goalkeeper but he was sold short and Robert Mak failed to take advantage of the defensive error.
Hodgson reacted by bringing on Rooney and then Alli, Wilshere and Lallana making way. Tottenham starlet Alli nearly netted with his first touch when he met Henderson’s cross and volleyed on target, Skrtel making the goal-line clearance.
Eric Dier – moments after pulling up with a problem – threaded a classy ball over the top of the defence and Sturridge, running onto it from six yards, failed to connect with the ball on the turn as England grew increasingly anxious. That was Sturridge’s last act of the game as Hodgson introduced Harry Kane – the Premier League’s top scorer last season.
Kane headed a late chance wide as England had to settle for their second draw of the group stages and second spot in Group B behind their rivals.
Russia 1 – Slovakia 2: Russians on verge of Euros exit amid focus of attention on fans
ALL EYES were on the fans after UEFA warned that Russia would be kicked out of the tournament if there was a repeat of Saturday’s scenes in Marseille were repeated at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
ut although they did let off a solitary flare after Denis Glushakov scored a consolation goal in defeat by Slovakia on Wednesday at Euro 2016, it is likely that UEFA will simply fine them, rather than send them home.
But Russia do not need their hooligans or UEFA to send them home early – their players looking capable of doing it themselves.
Marek Hamsik made one for Wladimir Weiss with his superb vision and then scored a belter of his own for Slovakia, who face England on Monday.
And though Russia did briefly threaten another fight back when Glushakov struck late on, the Slovaks held on for their first win at the Euros following defeat by Wales in their opening match.
Defeat left the Russians bottom of Group B with just a point from two games and needing to win their final match against Wales.
Coach Leonid Slutsky claimed afterwards he had not seen the flare, which was quickly extinguished by stewards. Asked if he feared his side would be disqualified, the Russia coach said: “I was totally concentrated on the game. I did not see it.
“The situation in the group is complicated. Every team still has a chance to go through. It will be decided at the end.”
Russia actually started the better team but Hamsik turned the tide with a wonderful ball over the top to Weiss in the 32nd minute.
The former Manchester City player, now playing in Qatar, still had work to do but cut inside and fired a peach of a shot into the bottom corner.
Napoli star Hamsik, this game’s best player, then took matters into his own hands before half time by firing a spectacular curler in off the far post.
When Russia finally did threaten, defender Jan Durica blocked Fedor Smolov’s goalbound shot.
Glushakov gave them hope of another comeback with a fine header from Oleg Shatov’s cut-back as Slovakia tired, but there would be no late heroics this time.