Slovakia took a 2-0 lead into the half-time interval against Russia in Lille on Wednesday afternoon courtesy of goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik.
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Both sides had created chances in the opening half hour, but it was Slovakia who broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute.
A fantastic ball from Hamsik sent Weiss through down the left hand side, with the 26-year-old keeping his composure to cut back inside onto his right foot and slot his effort past Igor Akinfeev.
Questions will be asked of the Russian defending, but it will matter little to Weiss and Slovakia as they looked to bounce back from the disappointment of losing their opening game to Wales to remain in contention to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.
Hamsik was undoubtedly the star of the first half as he provided an assist before saving the best until just moments before the half-time whistle as he hammered an effort beyond Akinfeev which smacked against the woodwork before nestling into the back of the net.
The 28-year-old is hugely influential for his side, and it was just reward for the best player on the field to produce the moment of the game so far.
Goal – 2-0, unbelievable finish from Hamsik. pic.twitter.com/Y0FDrSFhP3
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