England were unable to break Slovakia despite a dominant performance in Saint-Étienne, finishing second in Group B.
Slovakia 0-0 England
Once again, Roy Hodgson's men had the bulk of possession and created most of the chances, with Alli being blocked just before the line while Sturridge couldn't cleanly connect on Dier's delivery.
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They pressed well with Slovakia unable to create anything early on, while their holding of possession was a formality as they controlled it comfortably in the opening minutes. Adam Lallana was also propping up around the dangerous areas, first dragging a shot wide from the right post before picking out Henderson who couldn't scoop a shot back on the turn.
Marek Hamšík was the man to watch for the red-clad England, and he made a first impression by getting the better of Cahill with a sharp turn, only to overpower his cross towards the post. Other than that and a cross which was cleared away by Cahill, there wasn't much for the passionate Slovakian fans to get excited about, with everything going in the way of Roy Hodgson's side.
Jamie Vardy then latched on to a long ball over the top, beating Martin Skrtel to gather a left footed shot at the keeper, stopped by Kozacik who held firm to deny the prolific Leicester forward. He was unafraid to exercise his speed advantage over the Slovakian defenders, drawing a foul soon after with Pecovsky clipping him.
Ryan Bertrand was grateful that his error when getting on the end of a clearance didn't lead to a Slovakia goal. They sent waves of attack after he failed to control it safely, but the attack fizzled out - England would finish the half how they played most of it, on top, as Adam Lallana stung the palms of Kozacik with a solid effort.
An unchanged English contingent to begin the second-half was poised to deliver more of the same to try and finally breach the Slovaks. But it was their opponents who caused an early fright, with Hart initially stopping a cross, before Chris Smalling almost gifted them with a major chance, deciding to try and chest the ball back to his goalkeeper in the box.
England would respond strongly though with Nathaniel Clyne marginally close to finding the breakthrough. Sublime hold-up play by Sturridge was followed by a pass through to the right of the box, were the full-back struck it off the keeper's shoulder, winning a corner, although he felt it warranted a penalty as he was felled in the process.
Vladimír Weiss kept Joe Hart on his toes as another wave of Slovakia attack held plenty of promise, cutting in and trying to creep it past the keeper at his near post with his side eager to make the second half much more even than the first.
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But even with Dier an others all firing over as they compounded the box with a big helping of stoppage time minutes, Slovakia held firm and it finished goalless.
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