Wales ended a nearly 60 year wait for a finals appearance at the European Championships with an entertaining game against Slovakia , winning 2-1 after a late winner from Hal Robson-kanu.
The Winger latched onto Aaron Ramsey’s pass on the edge of the box and finished home to ensure the 3 points for the welsh.
All the pre-match talk emphasised on Hamsik and Bale and it was the Napoli captain who was the first to threaten with a brilliant solo run inside the first 3 minutes.
Wales were in front after just 10 minutes on the board with Gareth Bale firing home a brilliant free kick from 30 yards out after Johnny Williams was fouled and the world’s most expensive player made no mistakes.
After the goal Wales upped the tempo and continued attacking giving the Slovakian Defence a really tough time.
They could’ve had a penalty after 32 minutes when Martin Skrtel fouled Johnny Williams , but no foul was given.
At the start of the second half, wales picked up where they had left and Bale almost doubled their advantage only to be denied a headed goal by the Slovakian goalkeeper.
Slovakia were back on level terms against the run of play and it was super sub Duda, who had been on the pitch for less than a minute finishing well into the bottom corner.
But as soon as Coleman threw on Robson-Kanu, they looked a different side. Suddenly they seemed to have options everywhere, with Bale’s threat from deep asking new questions of the Slovakian back line. The interchangeability of Robson-Kanu, Bale and Ramsey left them ragged.
It was an unconvincing finish from substitute Robson Kanu however that won the game after a brilliant run from Aaron Ramsey in the 81st minute.
Adam Nemec almost equalised for Slovakia late on but his header came back off the post resulting in Wales celebrations.
Slovakia’s 8 match unbeaten run comes to an end and they need to pick themselves up before facing Russia next, while Wale’s win could not have come at a better time, they face England next.