EURO 2016: Wales open with victory against Slovakia

Wales players celebrate victory after the final whistle in front of the Welsh fans

Wales players celebrate victory after the final whistle in front of the Welsh fans

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Wales started their Euro 2016 campaign in style with a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in Bordeaux.

Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu was the hero in Bordeaux as he latched on to a loose ball 10 minutes from time and finish past Matus Kozacik in the Slovakia goal.

Gareth Bale had earlier given Wales a 10th-minute lead with a trademark free-kick, the 20th goal for his country, but substitute Ondrej Duda equalised just after the hour mark as Slovakia began to turn the screw.

However, Robson-Kanu - a striker currently without a club - supplied a dramatic end to a game in which Wales had to defend for their lives at times and protect back-up goalkeeper Danny Ward.

The Liverpool man was called in at the 11th hour after first-choice stopper Wayne Hennessey suffered a back spasm on the eve of the game.