Wales vs Slovakia preview IBTimes UK

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Full time: Wales 2-1 Slovakia

Chris Coleman's team mark 58 years since their last major tournament with victory over Slovakia. Gareth Bale opened the scoring, and though Andrej Duda levelled, substitute Hal Robson-Kanu netted with eight minutes remaining to grab the three points. Could that be the win which eventually puts Wales through? Who knows but a massive moment for Welsh sport.


Wales survive Slovakia's best chance since they went behind for a second time, as Mak smashes a volley over the bar. Four minutes added on.


Jazz Richards on for Aaron Ramsey for Wales. Slovakia have them penned in but can they level?


Wales should have it rapped up on the break. Bale feeds Ramsey, but he can't find the space to shoot and Slovakia smuggle the ball out of play.


Slovakia almost equalise straight away. Another substitute in the form of Adam Nemec heads goalwards and it clatters against the post and eventually to safety.


Goal: Wales 2-1 Slovakia (Hal Robson-Kanu)

Despite being on the back-foot for most of the second half Wales are back in front with eight minutes remaining. Ramsey gets in behind the midfield and after he jinks past Skrtel his pass finds Robson-Kanu who scuffs his shot beyond Kozáčik.


Aaron Ramsey with the chance to build some pressure from a free-kick, but his ball is punched clear by Kozacik.


The game is only going one way at the moment with Slovakia in complete control. Half a chance now for Wales as Hal Robson-Kanu crosses and Ramsey unmarked heads over. Huge opportunity.


Robert Mak has been terrific in this second half since coming and and he shoots from 25 yards, but Ward can watch it go over. Joe Ledley, five weeks on fom breaking his leg, and Hal Robson-Kanu on for Wales to try and turn the tide.


Duda joins illustrious company.


Danny Ward gets down to make a good save from Kucka as he struck from range. Wales really under the cosh now, and they can't get their foot on the ball.


Their lead is gone and Wales could be about to lose their captain Ashley Williams who has limped away from a challenge on the edge of the box and is moving extremely gingerly. Slovakia's tails are up.


Goal: Wales 1-1 Slovakia (Ondrej Duda)

Slovakia cut Wales wide open with relative ease to level. Mak brushes off Ramsey and finds substitute Duda, who has just come on, and he steers the ball beyond Ward.


Gareth Bale is a livewire in this game and he almost puts Wales two up, but Kozacik pushes the ball away. That threat will only increase is Slovakia continue to throw players forward.


Slovakia's best chance for some 50 minutes or so as Robert Mak breaks through but under pressure from Davies fires off harmlessly.


A quiet start to the second half illuminated by a nice run from Jonny Williams, who darts past two Slovakian players before being being hacked down by Kucka. Solid start to the second half from Wales.


Back under way in Bordeaux.


Players coming out for the second half in Bordeaux. Think it is vital that Wales get hold of the ball a little bit more in this second half, as they spent long periods without it in the opening 45 minutes. Slovakia will hope their opponents tire and continue to drop deep.


Half time: Wales 1-0 Slovakia

All going according to plan for Wales, who lead by a Gareth Bale goal. Slovakia should have been ahead when Marek Hamsik beat Danny Ward but saw his effort cleared by Ben Davies off the line. Wales probably should have had a penalty when Williams was elbowed by Skrtel, but other than that Chris Coleman's side have barely threatened.

Slovakia have been good at the start and end of the half, with Wales committing so many bodies to keeping their lead in tact. They may need to repeat that as the game goes on.


Slovakia coming again as the first half draws to a close. It ends with Weiss having a cross blocked and it runs through to Ward. Wales had nearly every player behind the ball there, attempting to protect what they have.


Joe Allen feeds the ball to Ramsey, who looks up and plays a flighted pass across the penalty area which aimless and bounces out of play. The Arsenal man has really not got into this game, in a positive capacity.


Martin Skrtel is a very lucky boy. Trying to see a loose pass out of play, he attempts to hand-off Jonny Williams but instead elbows the Crystal Palace man, right in full view of the official by the touchline. No decision to made, which frankly is mad given the severity of the decision.

Interesting side issue, relays of all key incidents, including controversial ones are being shown on the big screens at all matches in this tournament so far. Nice touch, but it means the crowd have full view of errors by the officials.


Yellow card for Slovakia at the end of an encouraging period of attacking play. Patrik Hrošovský is adjudged to have taken down Aaron Ramsey near the edge of the Wales box, but I must admit it looks more like he got the ball, rather than the Arsenal man.