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An absolute howler from Joe Hart gifted Wales the lead against England

The Manchester City goalkeeper is under the spotlight again though his blushes were saved by Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.

DESPITE HAVING BEEN second best for the majority of the opening period, Wales took the lead England in their Group B clash at Euro 2016 this afternoon after Joe Hart fumbled a free-kick from Gareth Bale to the net.

The Manchester City goalkeeper couldn’t deal with the attacker’s strike from 35 yards, despite getting both hands to it.

Hart dived to his left and got down to the dipping shot but palmed it to the bottom corner of the net, via the inside of the upright.

It was Bale’s second of the tournament – he also scored a free-kick in Wales’ opening victory over Slovakia.

Roy Hodgson made two changes at the break, introducing both Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy and it was the latter who popped up with an equaliser on 56 minutes when he pounced from close-range after Ashley Williams’ inadvertently headed into the striker’s path.

Sturridge, meanwhile, conjured a last-gasp winner in injury time to ensure all three points for England and leave them top of the group after two games.

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