Wales defeated Slovakia 2-1 in their first Group B match of the Euro 2016 tournament to temporarily climb the summit ahead of the other Group B fixture between England and Russia.

Wales went up in the 10th minute thanks to a trademark Gareth Bales freekick although Marek Hamsik went close to scoring for the Slovakians earlier with a great individual effort, dribbling past the Welsh defenders with ease but saw his low shot cleared for a corner.

The first half ended 1-0 advantage Wales at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, Bales not applying power to his shot.

Ten minutes inside the second half, Slovakia’s Vladimir Weiss sprayed a wonderful pass out to team-mate Robert Mak who could not get enough power or direction to cause Wales’ Danny Ward problems and the goalkeeper was able to watch the ball go just over the crossbar.

Ondre Duda made an instant impact for Slovakia in the 61st minute. The player scored his second international goal and his team’s equaliser within seconds of coming on as a substitute. Duda received a pass from Robert Max and fired a left-footed low shot to the bottom right corner.

Hal Robson-Kanu made it 2-1 with eight minutes left on the clock when he slid the ball with great composure past an onrushing keeper after a pass from Aaron Ramsey.

Slovakia’s Adam Nemec was in a good opportunity soon afterwards when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his header from near the penalty spot was not accurate enough and the ball glanced away off the left post. No comeback for the Slovakians.