By Izuchukwu Okosi
England and Slovakia ended it goal-less in Saint-Etienne Monday night in their last Group B match in the Euro 2016.
With news coming from the Wales versus Russia game that the Welsh were leading, both England and Slovakia knew they required a win to be certain of at least qualifying automatically.
Jamie Vardy made a good run inside the box in the 18th minute to meet a precise cross. The Leicester City striker latched on to it and hit a shot, but the Slovakian goalkeeper, Matus Kozacic, pulled off excellent save.
Adam Lallana also came close to scoring for England. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Matus Kozacik.
Just before halftime, it was the turn of Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge to test the opposition keeper but their efforts were saved.
The first half was one without many breathtaking situations, and in the second half, both teams went close but to no effects.
Kozacik pulled off a great save to deny Nathaniel Clyne who makes himself some space inside the box and unleashed a quick shot to the right side of the goal early in the second half.
It stood that way until the end.
Wales thrashed Russia 3-0 with goals by Aaron Ramsey, Ryan Taylor and Gareth Bale.
It was a vintage performance by Chris Coleman’s team who were desperately disappointed to lose 2-1 in their previous group match.
Wales ended as the top team in Group B, with England in second place and Slovakia likely to finish as one of the best losers.