The second half started almost identical with Wales starting on the front foot. Bale could have doubled their lead but Kozacik made a fine save to keep Slovakia in the game. And it paid dividends when Ondrej Duda, who came as a substitute less than a minute earlier, on the hour mark. Slovakia pressed further and looked like scoring the decisive goal but Danny Ward kept Wales in the hunt with a fine string of saves. Another substitute, this time Wales’ Robson-Kanu converted a low finish to send his team and supporters into raptures. Wales held firm and ended up with a memorable victory.
Player of the game
Robson-Kanu started most of their qualifying matches as the lone striker but Coleman sprang a surprise by thrusting Bale into an advanced role. And when it only reaped mixed dividends, it was left to Robson-Kanu as a substitute to change the complexion of the game. He could have got an assist much earlier had it not been for a miss by Aaron Ramsey. But this was supposed to be Robson-Kanu’s day and he made sure of the win with a cool finish.