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Slovakia edge past Russia 2-1

By The Assam Tribune

LILLE, June 15: 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, who lost their opening clash with Wales 2-1, 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.

The Slovaks appeared to be heading towards a comfortable victory but the game changed direction dramatically in the last 10 minutes.

Substitute Denis Glushakov threw his side a lifeline when he reduced the deficit in the 80th minute, heading home Oleg Shatov�s cross.

Iceland hold Ronaldo�s Portugal: Minnows Iceland earned a 1-1 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal on their European Championship debut as the superstar forward failed to score on a night he equalled his country�s appearance record.

A superb finish by Nani gave Portugal the lead before Iceland�s industrious midfielder Birkir Bjarnason levelled for the Scandinavians in Saint-Etienne.

Ronaldo equalled Luis Figo�s record number of caps with both the Portugal legends now on 127 appearances.

Hungary shock Austria: Gabor Kiraly set an age record at the European Championship, and helped Hungary beat Austria 2-0 on Tuesday.

The Hungary goalkeeper became the first 40-year-old player to participate in the continental championship, surpassing the record set by Germany great Lothar Matthaus by almost a year.

Adam Szalai gave Hungary the lead at Stade de Bordeaux with his first goal in 12 appearances. Substitute Zoltan Stieber added the other after Austria was reduced to 10 men when Aleksandar Dragovic was shown a second yellow card. � Agencies

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