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Everton striker's lifeline

Everton striker Toni Duggan has given England a lifeline in the UEFA Women's European Championship with a draw against Russia. Duggan struck in the third minute of added-on time. But England's hopes of emerging from Group C still hang by a thread.

Everton striker gives England a lifeline

Duggan celebrates her equaliser in last night's match Credit: PA

Everton striker Toni Duggan's injury-time leveller gave England a lifeline in the UEFA Women's European Championship following a draw against Russia in Linkoping, Sweden.

She struck in the third minute of added-on time to cancel out Nelli Korovkina's first-half opener, although Duggan's heroics - after she had been denied by the woodwork seconds earlier - still leaves England's hopes of emerging from Group C hanging by a thread.

Duggan had conflicting emotions after bagging the equaliser as she knows it may not prove enough, in the coming days, to save England in the competition.

She told BBC Sport: "I don't know how I feel. I'm disappointed. We played Russia and we expect to win and we've come away with a draw."

Everton and England striker Toni Duggan Credit: PA

"But I've been waiting to play my part in the team and thankfully today I did that."

"I've been kicking on my heels, I've been dying to get on but Hope's given me the chance and thankfully I've repaid that, so I'm happy."

"Now we just have to move on to the big one against France because I don't think we've shown what we can do in this tournament and there's still a lot more to come from everybody else."

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