Bordeaux (France), June 12 : Debutants Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 in a Group B match of the Euro football championship here on Saturday. Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu applied the finishing touch after an Aaron Ramsey assist to give Wales victory against Slovakia. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale gave Wales the lead in the 10th minute with a free-kick.
At the start, Wales were grateful to Ben Davies for his crucial early goalline clearance after Marek Hamsik’s superb solo run. And not long afterwards Jothan Williams, preferred up front to Robson-Kanu, was fouled on the edge of the box and Gareth Bale drilled in a dipping free-kick to give his team a 10th-minute lead.
Now the pressure was on Danny Ward, winning only his third cap in the Wales goal due to Wayne Hennessey’s late back injury. For an hour Ward was kept well protected and at the other end Matus Kozacik did well to scoop away a Bale header.
But Slovakia went for a double attacking change either side of the hour mark by introducing Adam Nemec and Ondrej Duda, who promptly turned in Robert Mak’s pass.
However, another substitute ensured it was Wales who took the points, despite Nemec hitting the post with four minutes left.
After the match, Ward wrote on Twitter: “That’s the start we wanted !! on to the next one.” IANS