- Slovakia Defeats Russia, Switzerland & Romania Draw -
Slovakia defeated Russia 2-1 in the second matchday of Group B and earned 3 important points in their quest to progress to the Knockout Stages. In Group A, Switzerland and Romania played to a 1-1 draw, a result that puts Switzerland in a good place to advance from the Group Stages.
uefa euro 2016 - group stage (group b)
|Russia||1 - 2||Slovakia|
Slovakia was the overall better side in today’s match against Russia. The opening goal came at the half-hour mark from former Olympiacos player Vladimir Weiss. Weiss’s right footed shot was well placed, beating Akinfeev to give Slovakia the 1-0 lead. Right before the halftime whistle, Hamsik’ tremendous strike doubled Slovakia’s lead and gave them the clear advantage to get all three points. Russia created minimal opportunities to get back in the game but with ten minutes remaining, the Russian’s pulled on back. The one goal was not enough for the comeback and Slovakia came away with the victory and all three points. Slovakia’s win complicates matters in Group B, keeping them well in contention to progress. On the other hand, Russia’s loss will put them in a difficult position with one game remaining against Wales. Both teams will await to see the results of the other group match between Wales and England , which is scheduled for tomorrow. **PAOK's Robert Mak was in Slovakia's Starting XI and played for 80 minutes**
uefa euro 2016 - group stage (group a)
|Romania||1 - 1||Switzerland|
|Stancu (p) 18'||Mehmedi 57'|
Switzerland and Romania kicked off Matchday 2 of group play of UEFA Euro 2016. Switzerland was the better side in the opening 15 minutes and threatened on two occasions Romania’s goal. But it was the Romania’s who opened the score when they were awarded a penalty, which was successfully converted by Stancu. After the goal,the Swiss continued to dominate the game and and pulled level 12 minutes after the restart. Romania poorly cleared a corner and the ball fell to Mehmedi who rocketed one passed Tatarusanu. Neither team created a chance to take the lead as Switzerland dominated the possession. The game ended 1-1, a result that favors Switzerland in Group A. The Swiss now sit in a comfortable position to advance to the knockout stages, sitting in 2nd place on 4 points. A win will only do for Romania in their final group match against Albania, to keep their hopes alive for progression.
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