Coleman: We did everything we could

Wales manager Chris Coleman was left crestfallen after seeing his side concede an injury-time goal to lose to arch-rivals England 2-1 at the Euros on Thursday.

The Dragons had the lead at half-time after Gareth Bale beat Joe Hart with a 35-yard free-kick shortly before the break, but everything changed in the second stanza.

England boss Roy Hodgson’s substitutions at the break paid dividends, with Jamie Vardy, who came on for Harry Kane, equalising in the 56th minute before Daniel Sturridge, who replaced Raheem Sterling, scored the winner in stoppage time.

When asked if the loss was one of the lowest moments of his career, Coleman responded: “Yes, yes. I’d have to say yeah, to be honest, when you come that close.

“You know you’re going to be up against it from the start, it was a tough game. But we did everything we could to keep them at bay and even when they got the equaliser, they had possession but I think Wayne pulled off one save.

“They pressed and probed but we weren’t stretched too badly. For the dying seconds to lose it there, I can’t say I’ve felt that disappointed too many times in my career as I did when that goal went in.”

Despite the result, Wales are still in a good position to qualify from Group B after they beat Slovakia in their first match of the competition.

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