England boss Hope Powell pleased with her side's character in drawing with Russia
England 1-1 Russia
UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Finals
5pm BST, Monday 15 July
Linköping Arena, Sweden
by Glenn Lavery in Linköping
Hope Powell was left frustrated by England’s 1-1 draw with Russia in their second game at Euro 2013, but she was encouraged by the character they showed to equalise deep into added time.
As the clock ticked beyond the 90th minute, it looked as if Nelli Korovkina’s first-half header would send Powell’s side home.
But substitute Toni Duggan, appearing in her first major tournament at senior level, equalised with virtually the last kick of the game to give the Three Lions a Euro lifeline.
England will probably have to beat France in the final group game on Thursday to progress to the last eight.
Powell said: “The girls are disappointed but [one] point is better than no points.
“We have to take courage from the fact that we fought right to the end.
“[Russia] made it difficult by sitting behind the ball which we knew they would do, we just didn’t shift the ball quick enough. I think there were enough opportunities to win the game, certainly in the first half.
“The whole team went right until the end and for her effort and endeavour [Duggan] ends up scoring and it pulls us right back into it.”
France’s 1-0 win over Spain in Monday’s other game means Bruno Bini’s side have secured top spot in Group C.
The top two nations in each of the three groups will proceed to the quarter finals along with the two best third-place teams.
England have never beaten the French but they did draw 2-2 with them in Paris last October.
'Les Bleus' are one of the tournament favourites and Powell is well aware of the size of the task ahead.
She added: “We’ve got to be ready to go again. We know it’s a mountain, we know who we’re playing, we know who we’re up against. We’ve got to get something out of it.
“Sometimes it’s easier playing teams you’re not expected to beat. Sometimes it takes a little bit of pressure off. We’re in a fight now.
“We need to prepare as best we can and we’ve got to go again.”