Gareth Bale, the world’s most expensive player, opened the scoring with a sumptuous free-kick but he was upstaged by Hal Robson-Kanu, a free agent without a club, and his shinned winner.
The 27-year-old is currently out of contract with Reading but the relatively unknown striker has his name in the history books after sealing the Dragons’ first ever win at a European Championship.
But his presence was felt way before his winner. Slovakia’s equalizer had been coming and it seemed more damage would be done, which is why Chris Coleman’s decision to bring on Robson-Kanu was so crucial, not just in terms of his winning contribution, but also his ability to hold the ball up when Wales were penned back.
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