Hal Robson-Kanu scores historic winner

Hal Robson-Kanu scores historic winner

Hal-Robson-kanu-wales-slovakiaHal Robson-Kanu scored the winner as Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 in their first ever match at a European Championship finals.

The substitute carved his name into Welsh football history with a low strike nine minutes from time, after Ondrej Duda (60) had cancelled out Gareth Bale’s first-half free-kick in Bordeaux.

It means Wales tasted victory in their first match at a major international tournament since the 1958 World Cup and are now in a strong position to qualify from Group B ahead of clashes with England on Thursday and Russia next Monday.

Chris Coleman had suffered a blow ahead of the game as first-choice goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey woke up with a back spasm meaning 22-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward made his first international start in goal.

And he almost conceded just four minutes into the match when Slovakia playmaker Marek Hamsik showed sublime skill to run 30 yards into the area and produce a low left-footed shot which beat the Wales goalkeeper – only for Ben Davies to slide in and make a last-ditch clearance off the line.

Chris Coleman had suffered a blow ahead of the game as first-choice goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey woke up with a back spasm meaning 22-year-old Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward made his first international start in goal.

And he almost conceded just four minutes into the match when Slovakia playmaker Marek Hamsik showed sublime skill to run 30 yards into the area and produce a low left-footed shot which beat the Wales goalkeeper – only for Ben Davies to slide in and make a last-ditch clearance off the line.

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