England manager Roy Hodgson took a major gamble by making six changes for a final group game against Slovakia and was made to sweat as his team dominated without reward in a goalless draw that sends them through to the last 16 — but only in second place and with questions to answer.
If Brendan Rodgers was pinning hopes of an improvement in Liverpool’s fortunes upon the shoulders of the forward partnership between Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge, then the good news from this draw is that Danny Ings has provided the increasingly beleaguered Anfield manager with food for thought.
ASTON VILLA 2 LIVERPOOL 1: While destiny had apparently pointed to Steven Gerrard seeing out his Liverpool career with an appearance in the FA Cup final, reality intervened and delivered a very different narrative.
As Costa put us two up within the opening ten minutes, I relaxed and thought "at last". A fast start, taking on shots and, most importantly, not resting on the rather thin cushion of one goal. I then sat back and waited for the avalanche.
Southampton 0 Liverpool 2: Liverpool have Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal in their sights after taking their unbeaten run to 18 games with a victory at Southampton that underlines just how far they have come in the last fourth months.