Above image caption: "Fans clashed with one another and the police in Marseille
on Saturday. By the Associated Press on Publish Date June 11, 2016.
Photo by Guillaume Horcajuelo/European Pressphoto Agency."
6/11/16, "Russia and England Fans Clash Repeatedly at European Championships,
" AP via NY Times
broke out Saturday before and soon
after Russia earned a 1-1 draw
against England with a stoppage-time goal in a Group B match at the
European Championships in Marseille, France.
clashes started again moments after the final whistle when a large
group of Russia fans in a stand behind one of the goals advanced on
England supporters in a neighboring area, throwing objects and breaking
through a line of stewards. England fans ran for the exits in panic.
the governing body overseeing European soccer, will open disciplinary
proceedings over the violence in Marseille, with Russia facing a
stronger punishment after the events inside the stadium
Berezutsky scored Russia’s equalizer with a looping header in the
second minute of injury time, canceling out an Eric Dier goal from a
free kick in the 73rd.
“It’s disappointing because we were so close to an important and big win in our first game,” said Dier, a defensive midfielder.
England failed to finish any of a flurry of chances in a dominant first-half performance and faded until Dier put it ahead.
what happened during the match was overshadowed by the fan violence.
The police tried, largely unsuccessfully,
to rein in the violence, which
the authorities said had left at least five people injured. Some fans
walked through the city bare-chested and with blood dripping from head
two hours before the game, the police used water cannons
on some fans
at the Old Port. About an hour later, the police fired tear gas at a
group of about 200 people heading from the Old Port area to Stade
trouble had largely died down by the time the match started, but it
reignited just as the game finished. Shortly before the final whistle,
Russian fans appeared to have seized a power cable running around the
front of a stand before a group attacked nearby English supporters.
England fans fled, Russia fans gave chase, snatching English flags that
had been on display. Large numbers of stewards struggled to restore
other games at the European Championships, Wales beat Slovakia, 2-1, in
a Group B match in Bordeaux, France, and Switzerland defeated 10-man
Albania, 1-0, in a Group A match in Lens, France.
Bale, who about two weeks ago won the Champions League with Real Madrid
for the second time in three seasons, played a pivotal role as Wales
made a triumphant return to a major competition after a 58-year absence.
He put Wales ahead in the 10th minute with a curling free kick and was
the driving force behind much of his team’s attack.
although Bale was the focus of much of Slovakia’s planning, it was a
substitute — Hal Robson-Kanu — who secured Wales’s victory. A
Robson-Kanu shot in the 81st minute restored Wales’s lead after another
substitute, Ondrej Duda, had equalized for Slovakia in the 61st.
earned its win behind an early goal by defender Fabian Schär. Although
it dominated for most of the game, Switzerland failed to increase its
lead after Lorik Cana, the Albania captain, was sent off in the 37th
minute following a second yellow card.
CONSOLATION FOR COSTA RICA
Costa Rica benefited from an own goal by Colombia in a 3-2 upset
victory in Houston that wrapped up Group A play in the Copa América.
had already advanced, having earned a berth in the quarterfinals with a
win over Paraguay on Tuesday, and Costa Rica was eliminated from
contention with the United States’ 1-0 victory over Paraguay earlier
this result made Colombia’s path in the tournament more difficult: The
team will now probably have to face Brazil. Colombia could have drawn
Ecuador or Peru with a win.
in front of a crowd that overwhelmingly favored Colombia, Costa Rica
took a 1-0 lead
in the second minute with a 20-yard strike from Johan
Venegas. The goal was the team’s first in Copa América play since it
beat Bolivia, 2-0, in 2011."