Slovakia survived a late rally from Russia to secure a 2-1 win at Euro 2016 and blow Group B of Euro 2016 wide open.
The rank outsiders in a group also including England and Wales, Slovakia did the damage late in the first half.
First Vladimír Weiss, formerly of Manchester City, cut in from the left with 37 minutes on the clock to lash past Igor Akinfeev from Marek Hamsik's excellent ball before the Napoli man turned goal scorer, firing home a goal of the tournament contender on the cusp of half-time from Weiss' ball.
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However, Russia ensured it was a nervous finish to the match when Denis Glushakov headed past Matus Kozacik with 80 minutes gone.
The result means Slovakia now have three points after two games, while Russia remain on a point. England face Wales in Lens on Thursday.

Russia's midfielder Roman Neustaedter (L) vies with Slovakia's defender Jan Durica during the Euro 2016 group B football match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille on June 15, 2016

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TALKING POINT

That Hamsik goal. Another early goal of the tournament contender from the Napoli man.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Marek Hamsik (Slovakia) Comfortably the best player on the field. A fantastic ball provided the opener for Weiss before his exquisite finish.

Slovakia's midfielder Marek Hamsik celebrates his goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 15, 2016

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PLAYER RATINGS

Russia: Akinfeev 6, Smolnikov 6, Schennikov 6, Ignashevich 6, V. Berezutski 6, Neustädter 6, Golovin 6, Kokorin 6, Shatov 7, Smolov 7, Dzyuba 6. SUBS: Glushakov 7, Mamaev 6, Shirikov 6.
Slovakia: Kozáčik 6, Pekarík 6, Skrtel 6, Ďurica, Hubočan 7, Pečovský 6, Kucka 6, Hamšík 8, Mak 7, Weiss 7, Duda 6. SUBS: Nemec 6, Duris 6, Svento 6
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KEY MOMENTS

32’ – GOAL! Russia 0-1 Slovakia: a lovely ball from Hamsik finds Weiss, who cuts inside Smolnikov before firing a calm finish into the far corner.
45’ – GOAL! Russia 0-2 Slovakia: The provider of the first turns scorer, Hamsik cutting in from the left before smashing a curling shot into the top corner via the post.
80’ – GOAL! Russia 0-2 Slovakia: Glushakov gives Russia hope, heading home Shatov’s excellent cut back.

Russia's midfielder Denis Glushakov (L) runs to celebrates his goal during the Euro 2016 group B football match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 15, 2016

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KEY STATS

This is Russia's 13th defeat at the EUROs, only one behind record holders Denmark (14).
Slovakia clinch their first win at the European Championships. They have also won once at the World Cup, 3-2 against Italy in 2010.
Weiss became the first player to score at the EUROs while under contract at a non European club (Al Gharrafa, Qatar).
Weiss scores his fifth goal for Slovakia in his 54th match.
This is the third EURO match in which two players score and give the assist on each other's goal.
This was the third EURO match played under a closed roof after Turkey - Portugal 0-2 (2000, Amsterdam) and Poland - Greece 1-1 (2012, Warsaw).
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