First half strikes by Slovakia’s Weiss, Hamsik down Russia in 2-1 win

  • Agencies, Lille, France
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2016 20:31 IST
Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (foreground centre), reacts after Slovakia's Marek Hamsik scored his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group B football match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d’Ascq, near Lille, France. (AP Photo)

Slovakia deepened Russia’s woes with classy first-half goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik in a tense 2-1 victory in Euro 2016 Group B on Wednesday.

Just 24 hours after Uefa told Russia it would be expelled from the tournament if their fans caused more crowd trouble, the Slovaks outplayed them for large parts of a match contested under a closed roof because of forecasts of heavy rain.

Slovakia, after losing their opening clash 2-1 to Wales, took the lead in the 32nd minute when midfielder Hamsik hit a superb long ball to Weiss who cut inside the left-hand side of the box and curled his shot inside the far post.

Just before halftime Hamsik picked up a short corner on the left and struck his own superb curling shot across the goal and inside the right hand post.

Russia made the last 10 minutes intense with a header from Denis Glushakov but the Slovaks survived, leaving Russia with a point from a draw with England at the weekend when their fans were involved in violent clashes with opposition supporters.

Russia's Fedor Smolov looks on as fans light a flare. (Reuters Photo)

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky named an unchanged starting line-up for Wednesday’s Euro 2016 Group B meeting with Slovakia.

Slutsky has opted to keep faith with the team that started in Saturday’s violence-marred 1-1 draw with England in Marseille, when captain Vasili Berezutski rescued a point in injury time.

In contrast, Slovakia coach Jan Kozak made three changes to the team that lost 2-1 to Wales in Bordeaux in their opening encounter.

Russia’s head coach Leonid Slutsky reacts during their Group B football match against Slovakia. (Reuters Photo)

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