England's 5 most disappointing 1-1 tournament opening game draws

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England's supporters and players alike were left frustrated at the Stade Velodrome after Vasili Berezutski's late header pegged Roy Hodgson's team back in an ultimately disappointing 1-1 draw with Russia.

However, in truth, fans of the Three Lions should not be especially surprised at the scoreline.

Over the course of England's last 11 appearances at either the World Cup and European Championship, the team has been held to a 1-1 draw on no fewer than six occasions.


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With that in mind, it could pay to look back at how England fared in those previous five tournaments and what could be in store for Hodgson's team in France

England 1-1 Republic of Ireland – World Cup 1990

How it happened: Gary Lineker givesEngland the dream start with a goal inside 10 minutes. Bobby Robson's side then look on course for a narrow win until Kevin Sheedy hits back for the Republic 17 minutes from time, earning Ireland a deserved draw in the process.

What happened next: Held to a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in their next game, it takes a second half goal from Mark Wright in a 1-0 victory over Egypt to see the Three Lions through.

And after that: 1-0 winners over Belgium after extra time in the second round, a 3-2 triumph over surprise package Cameroon sets up a semi-final against Germany, where England suffer penalty heartbreak after a 1-1 draw.

England 1-1 Switzerland – Euro 1996

How it happened: Alan Shearer ends a 12-game scoreless run to give England the dream start at Wembley but with the pressure mounting in the second half, Stuart Pearce concedes a penalty and Kubilay Turkyilmaz steps up to steal a draw with seven minutes left.

What happened next: England bounce back, but only just, with a pivotal 2-0 victory over Scotland before blowing away the Netherlands with a 4-1 victory that ranks among England's finest ever performances at an international tournament.

And after that: England progress past Spain on penalties in the quarter-finals before bowing out to Germany after another 1-1 draw and another shootout.

England 1-1 Sweden – World Cup 2002

How it happened: Sven Goran Erikkson's side look nervous but go in 1-0 up at half-time through a Sol Campbell header. A poor second half showing sees Sweden level the scores through Niclas Alexandersson just before the hour mark but neither side finds another goal.

What happened next: England gain some modicum of revenge for France '98 with a 1-0 win over favourites Argentina before sealing progress to the knockout phase with a dull 0-0 draw against the already eliminated Nigeria.

And after that: Denmark are swept aside in the second round in a 3-0 win before David Seaman suffers calamity for England in a 2-1 loss at the hands of eventual winners Brazil.

England 1-1 USA – World Cup 2010

How it happened: Steven Gerrard sends England on their way with the signs suggesting a comfortable win is on the cards. That all changes the minute goalkeeper Robert Green lets Clint Dempsey's tame shot slip through his legs with the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw.

What happened next: Fabio Capello's team are held to a dire 0-0 draw by Algeria before squeezing through the group in unconvincing fashion with a 1-0 victory over Slovenia which is sealed by a goal from Jermain Defoe.

And after that: Disaster strikes in the second round with England torn apart by a vibrant Germany side in a 4-1 victory for Die Mannschaft.

England 1-1 France – Euro 2012

How it happened: Joleon Lescott heads England into the lead in the first half but it does not last long with Samir Nasri equalising for Les Bleus. New manager Roy Hodgson is ultimately probably happy with a 1-1 draw against a heavily fancied France team though.

What happened next: England battle through with a 3-2 victory over Sweden followed by a narrow 1-0 win over co-hosts Ukraine that comes courtesy of a goal from Wayne Rooney.

And after that: England face Italy in the quarter-finals and, though largely outplayed for much of the 0-0 draw, they manage to get all the way to penalties before succumbing to the usual shoot-out nerves.


England are still likely to progress to the knockout phase but heartache awaits and it could involve penalties.

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