EURO 2016

Euro 2016 Day 2: Riots in Marseille and fighting in stadium as violence overshadows football

England and Russia fans clash in violent scenes; Bale and Robson-Kanu give Wales 2-1 win over Slovakia; Three Lions bitten by the Russian bear

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 June, 2016, 5:38am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 2016, 12:40pm

Good morning - here's the key headlines from the overnight Euro 2016 action on a day when fighting between Russia and England fans overshadowed anything on the pitch


England pay price for missed chances

England completely dominated their opening match against Russia in group B, but were left slumped to their knees on the final whistle after letting Vasili Berezutski head in an injury-time equaliser.

Eric Dier's free-kick gave England the lead in the 73rd minute, by which time they could have been three or four up against a poor Russia side.

But they fell asleep late on and Berezutski punished them with a towering leap and looping header to convert Russia's only chance of the game.

Shockingly, Russia fans appeared to attack the English en masse on the final whistle.


It followed some horrific scenes in Marseille's Old Port before the game, with French riot police launching teargas as England and Russia fans clashed. 

Unconfirmed reports said one England fan was in critical condition in hospital, with some blaming coordinated attacks from Russian Ultras for starting the trouble.


Bale helps fire Wales to historic win

Gareth Bale scored Wales' first ever goal at the European Championships with a dipping free-kick in the ninth minute, but Slovakia equalised in the second half through substitute Ondrej Duda.

With Wales struggling, Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu came off the bench to score with a scuffed effort with 10 minutes to go to seal a historic win.


Switzerland sneak past 10-man Albania 

In the opening game of the day, Switzerland took a fifth-minute lead against Albania, who then had their captain sent off, but coach Vladimir Petkovic was left rueing his side's inability to kill off the game as they edged out a nervous 1-0 win. 

The game was notable for being the first time brothers had played on opposing teams at the championships, as Switzerland's Granit Xhaka gained bragging rights over older sibling Taulant.