Bale and Robson-Kanu give Wales 2-1 win over Slovakia


BORDEAUX: Wales forward Gareth Bale got their Euro 2016 campaign off to a dream start with an early goal and substitute Hal Robson-Kanu struck a late winner as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in the Group B opener on Saturday.

Robson-Kanu fired home from inside the area in the 81st minute following a neat pass by Aaron Ramsey to secure the three points after Bale had put the Welsh in front in the 10th with a free kick that deceived Slovakia keeper Matus Kozacik.

Slovakia, who should have scored after five minutes when Marek Hamsik dribbled past three players only to see his goalbound shot cleared off the line by Ben Davies, equalised through substitute Ondrej Duda with his first touch on the hour.

But Robson-Kanu popped up to give Wales a deserved victory in their first major international tournament for 58 years after an inspired substitution by manager Chris Coleman who was as delighted as the hordes of Welsh fans at the Stade de Bordeaux.

Bales gives Wales 1-0 halftime lead at Euro 2016

PARIS: Gareth Bale scored from a free kick to give Wales a 1-0 halftime lead over Slovakia at the European Championship.

Following a foul on midfielder Jonathan Williams, Bale curled his shot past Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik in the 10th minute of the Group B match.

Wales is playing in its first match at a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Slovakia had much of the early possession and almost took the lead in the third minute when Marek Hamsik's low effort was cleared off the line by Ben Davies.

Bales gives Wales 1-0 lead over Slovakia

PARIS: Gareth Bale has curled in a free kick to give Wales an early 1-0 lead over Slovakia at the European Championship.

The Wales forward, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid two weeks ago, is playing at a major championship for the first time.

Bale scored in the 10th minute of the match in Bordeaux.