Full-time: Slovakia 0-0 England, Russia 0-3 Wales

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Full-time: Slovakia 0-0 England, Russia 0-3 Wales

All over! And Wales finish top of Group B, after England fail to find the net against a feeble-looking Slovakian side. They huffed and puffed all night but couldn't break their opponents down.

Thanks for joining our coverage of the finale to Group B. Welsh fans, it's time to celebrate!

Wales enjoyed a night to remember
Wales enjoyed a night to remember Getty Images


How long is to be added? Five. That's the number held up on the electronic board, which seems a little generous, but hey-ho.

Dele Alli wins the ball
Dele Alli (right) wins the ball for England Getty Images


Tick-tock, tick-tock... time is ebbing away for England. Henderson, now, crosses from the right but Kane jumps too early and the ball screws wide of the post.

England players look frustrated
England players look frustrated Getty Images


Meanwhile, it ought to be said that as brilliant as Wales have been tonight, Russia have looked woeful. There's just no energy or passion in what they're doing.

Gareth Bale, the tournament's top scorer, has been subbed for the last few minutes of the game. A good call, that.

Gareth Bale now has three goals
Gareth Bale now has three goals in France this summer Getty Images


It's one-way traffic with five minutes remaining. England have a very attack-minded team on the field, but they're struggling to fashion clear-cut chances now.

Wayne Rooney drags their latest effort wide of the upright.


Less than ten minutes to go. England have had 19 attempts on goal, but it's still scoreless.

Remember, though, England found a late winner against Wales last time out, so don't rule anything out. Time for a hero to step forwards...

Supporters watching the game in the fanzone
Supporters watching the game in the fanzone Getty Images


A centre-back, Skriniar, comes on in place of Weiss, who has been on the periphery of the match.

The Slovaks are happy to play for a point, clearly. They are eyeing that third-place finish.

Wayne Rooney tries to create something
Wayne Rooney tries to create something Getty Images


By the way, Gareth Bale is now Wales' all-time highest goalscorer in major tournaments. He has only scored three goals, mind you.

Bale finds the net
Gareth Bale finds the net Getty Images


Sturridge is played through by Eric Dier but with the ball dipping over his left shoulder, the Liverpool striker fails to find the right contact. It doesn't look like it's going to be England's night.

Sturridge is making way now and on comes Harry Kane, who will be desperate to find the net.

The scene inside the ground
The scene inside the ground Getty Images


Less than 20 minutes left and England's search for a goal goes on, and on, and on. They have dominated this match so far.


GOAL: Russia 0-3 Wales (Bale)

He's done it again! Bale makes it three goals in three games to secure Wales' place in the next round. What a gem!

Ramsey finds Bale, who pokes it home past Igor Akinfeev to make it 3-0. And with that, Bale is the tournament's top goalscorer, too.

Gareth Bale celebrates
Gareth Bale celebrates his goal Getty Images


Eric Dier steps out from his position and unleashes a powerful effort from distance, although it was always drifting wide.

Roy Hodgson looks on anxiously
Roy Hodgson looks on anxiously Getty


As things stand, remember, Wales will progress as the group winners. Chris Coleman's men are still beating Russia 2-0.

Chris Coleman watches on
Chris Coleman watches on Getty Images


Alli almost makes an immediate impression! The substitute gets on the end of Jordan Henderson's cross from the right side but, on the volley, he can only direct his effort at a defender on the line. Slovakia survive - but again, I've no idea how.

On reflection, that was a sensational clearance from Martin Skrtel. Stopped a certain goal.

Jordan Henderson crosses the ball
Jordan Henderson crosses the ball Getty Images


Wilshere had a poor game in truth. The Arsenal man was a fraction off the pace and was caught in possession too often.

Meanwhile, Dele Alli is being brought on in place of Adam Lallana, who started decently before fading somewhat.

Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand clears the ball Getty Images


Vladimir Weiss dribbles the ball into the England area and his shot is blocked before Hart pounces on it low to his right side. A little warning for England, that.

And now time for a substitution for England, with Rooney replacing Wilshere for the last 30-odd minutes.


At the other end, Bertrand goes racing up the right for the umpteenth time this evening, only to blaze his right-footed effort over the bar. Another chance comes and goes for the Three Lions.


Slovakia haven't really offered ANYTHING as an attacking force... until now. Miscommunication between Hart and Smalling almost leads to calamity. The Manchester United man tried to chest the ball back to his goalkeeper - but it almost went horribly wrong.

Daniel Sturridge is tackled
Daniel Sturridge is tackled Getty Images


We're back under way, then. Forty-five minutes left for England to find a goal and make their lives a great deal easier.

No changes, by the way. And here's another reminder of the teams:

Slovakia: Kozacik, Pekarik, Skrtel, Durica, Hubocan, Kucka, Pecovsky, Hamsik, Mak, Duda, Weiss.

Subs: Mucha, Gyomber, Gregus, Sestak, Stoch, Nemec, Hrosovsky, Skriniar, Salata, Svento, Duris, Novota.

England: Hart, Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand, Henderson, Dier, Wilshere, Lallana, Vardy, Sturridge.

Subs: Forster, Walker, Rose, Milner, Sterling, Kane, Rooney, Stones, Barkley, Alli, Rashford, Heaton.

Jamie Vardy wins the ball
Jamie Vardy wins the ball Getty Images


Half-time: Slovakia 0-0 England, Russia 0-2 Wales

So England produced plenty of huff and puff in the opening period, but they're yet to blow the house in.

Wales, on the other hand, are flying in Toulouse, playing their best football of the tournament to give themselves a two-goal advantage at the break.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale is all smiles at the break Getty Images


Another well-worked move from England leads to a chance for Jordan Henderson, who hits a first-time volley at the keeper. The Three Lions are getting closer and closer and closer, though.

Slovakia are against the ropes and waiting for the bell to ring, in boxing parlance. One added minute to be played.

Roy Hodgson watches on from the sidelines
Roy Hodgson watches on from the sidelines Getty Images


Vardy makes a break up the left side and is rugby tackle to the ground. How is that not a booking, referee? Anyway, we move on - and England's search for that all-important first goal continues...

Jamie Vardy starred in the first-half
Jamie Vardy starred in the first-half Getty Images


Less than five minutes until half-time now. England have played impressively without managing to find the net.


One slight - and I mean slight - criticism of England so far has been the performance of Jack Wilshere, who has been caught in possession a bit too often.

The Arsenal man barely played at all last season and perhaps, he's still shaking off some of the rust.

Gary Cahill tries to win the ball
Gary Cahill tries to win the ball Getty Images