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Bale On Target As Wales Begin With A Win

Goals from Gareth Bale and Hal Robson-Kanu handed Wales a 2-1 win over Slovakia in their opening Euro 2016 clash on Saturday evening.
Slovakia nearly went ahead after three minutes, as Marek Hamsik embarked on a fine run, but his goal-bound effort was brilliantly cleared away by Ben Davies.
Wales took the lead with their first effort on target in the 10th minute, as Gareth Bale rifled home a free-kick from 25-yards out.
The Welsh felt they should have had a penalty in the 31st minute when Martin Skrtel appeared to have elbowed Williams in the box, but their appeals were turned down, much the frustartion of the supporters.
The score remained 1-0 to Wales at the halftime break.
Slovakia carved out the first opening in the second half, when Max fired over from the edge of the area in the 54th minute.
Bale nearly got his and Wales' second in the 59th minute but Kozacik produced a fine save to keep out the Real Madrid winger's towering header.
However, Slovakia leveled matters moments later, as substitute Duda beat two defenders, before firing a low effort past Ward.
Wales restored their lead in the 81st minute, as Aaron Ramsey's solo run teed up Robson-Kanu, whose scuffed effort sailed into the bottom corner.
Chris Coleman's charges managed to see out the remaining stages of the second half to get their campaign off to a winning start.
Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

Sphamandla Ntshokotsha

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