The genius of Marek Hamsik allowed the Slovaks to win an important victory over Russia.
The value of the second match for both teams was urgent to reevaluate given the new format of the European championship victory virtually guaranteed the Russian a place in the play-offs, and the Slovaks in case of defeat has kept only theoretical chances to qualify from the group.
The start of the match was left for the Russians – wards Slutsky took control of the ball and created a few promising attacks. The Slovaks fought back and soon took the lead on 32 minutes, Weiss, after receiving a great pass from Hamsik, I mocked over two defenders and skillfully sent “round” in a far corner of gate of Akinfeeva.
Before the whistle for the break, Russia was in for another unpleasant surprise – Hamsik on the corner kick was dealt with by the defender and a terrific shot into the far corner strengthened the advantage of the Slovaks.
In the second half wards of Jan Kozak reasonably moved to defense and almost paid for an overly cautious football. 10 minutes before the end of the match Glushakov locked shed Shatov. The nominal owners on the courage, went forward in defense of the Slovaks barely survived a protracted storm, the culmination of which was the dedication game Gubochana, potentially blocking goal shot of the headlights.
Slovakia, making their first win in the European Championships, back in the game. The Russians need to win in Wales. Many in this group become clearer tomorrow after the match between England and Wales.
Russia — Slovakia 1:2
Goals: Glushakov, 80 Weiss, 32, Hamsik, 45
Russia: Akinfeev — Smolnikov, V. Berezutsky, Ignashevich, Schennikov – Neustädter (Glushakov, 46), Golovin (Mamaev, 46) – Kokorin (Shirokov, 76), Shatov, Smolov — Dzyuba
Slovakia: Kozáčik — Pekarík, Skrtel, Durica, Gubochan — Kucka, Piechowski, Hamsik Mac (Ďuriš, 80), Duda (German 67), Weiss (Švento, 72)