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Russia 1 - Slovakia 2

Wednesday, 15th June

Russia kicked off the encounter with Slovakia knowing that if their fans caused trouble in the stadium again, they would be disqualified from the tournament.

The atmosphere was a little tense as both teams started nervously.

Slovakia took the lead just after the half-hour, with a well-executed goal; as Marek Hamsik opened up the Russians with a long, high ball, down the left.

Vladimir Weiss controlled the ball comfortably, wrong-footing Igor Smolnikov and Sergei Ignashevich when he slipped his shoulder and moved inside them; leaving just Igor Akinfeev to beat.

Hamsik was then left in acres of space at a Slovakian corner, just before the break. A shift of the ball was enough to shake off Oleg Shatov. Hamsik showed his class with a thunderous shot, in off the post.

Half-time: Russia 0 - Slovakia 2

Russia didn't show much initiative in the second-half and, at this rate, would be going out without a punch being thrown.

Then, as against England, Russia woke up towards the end. This time they needed two goals to level the score, so started ten minutes from time with a swift one-two down the left.

Oleg Shatov cut the ball back with some height; just enough for Denis Glushakov to connect with a powerful, glancing header.

A Russian fan celebrated by letting off a flare.

From looking in a commanding position for much of the game, Slovakia were now holding on for dear life.

And hold on they did; nervously seeing off a final Russian deflected free-kick and corner. Hamsik the real difference between the two sides.

Group B in Lille.

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0:1 (Vladimir Weiss, 32)
0:2 (Marek Hamsik, 45)
1:2 (Denis Glushakov, 80)

Final Score: Russia 1 - Slovakia 2

Russia:
1-Igor Akinfeev;
3-Igor Smolnikov, 14-Vasili Berezutski, 4-Sergei Ignashevich, 21-Georgi Schennikov;
13-Aleksandr Golovin, 5-Roman Neustadter, 9-Aleksandr Kokorin, 17-Oleg Shatov;
10-Fyodor Smolov, 22-Artyom Dzyuba.

Slovakia:
23-Matus Kozacik;
2-Peter Pekarik, 3-Martin Skrtel, 4-Jan Durica, 15-Tomas Hubocan;
19-Juraj Kucka, 22-Viktor Pecovsky, 20-Robert Mak, 17-Marek Hamsik;
7-Vladimir Weiss, 8-Ondrej Duda.

Euro 2016 in France.

Michel - Founder of TravelNotes.org and Meta-Travel.com