Wales 2 v 1 Slovakia – Euro 2016 Group B

WAL 2:1 SVK – it was by no means a spectacle but the Welsh won’t care, their first ever appearance at a major tournament ends in a momentous win as they top UEFA EURO 2016 Group B with a well-deserved victory over a desperately poor Slovakian team. A miraculous piece of defending from Tottenham Hotspur‘s Ben Davies prevented the Welsh from going behind early on before Real Madrid C.F. superstar Gareth Bale got the party started with a dipped free kick from 30 yards that Slovakia keeper Matúš Kozáčik will be disappointed with. The Dragons looked comfortable for long periods as the Slovaks laboured on, lacking spark and creativity. Joe Allen, nicknamed the “Welsh Xavi,” and Arsenal play-maker Aaron Ramsey excelled throughout, and along with Bale, all three players were out on their feet at the end of the game – a terrific effort. Give credit to both managers – Ján Kozák, realising he needed to make changes, threw on young Legia Warszawa starlet Ondrej Duda, who grabbed an equaliser with an impressive low drive after a smart move; Chris Coleman reacted by introducing Joe Ledley and Hal Robson-Kanu, the latter collecting the ball with 10 minutes from Ramsey and scuffing a low shot into the bottom corner for the sweetest of winning goals. There was enough time for Slovakia to hit a post with an Adam Nemec header, and for captain Martin Škrtel to throw himself into an unsavoury challenge on the excellent Davies in stoppage time. But a sea of joyous Welsh red celebrated with a huddled, unified group of players at the end in a wonderful spectacle. Congratulations Wales!

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