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Published: 15:30 | 15/6/16

Russia slump to Slovakia defeat


Russia face an uphill task to qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2016 after a 2-1 defeat to Slovakia on Wednesday.

Goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik put Slovakia in control of the Group B match at the Stade Pierre-Mauro but Russia gave themselves a lifeline when Denis Glushakov halved the deficit in the 80th minute.

Despite pushing for an equaliser they were unable to breech the Slovakian defence for a second time to leave them with just one point from their first two games. They must now beat Wales in their final group game to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages of the tournament.

There was little to separate the two sides during the opening half an hour but Slovakia broke the deadlock with their first real chance of the match when Weiss netted in the 32nd minute

The winger met Hamsik's pass and cut through the Russian defence before firing passed Igor Akinfeev to give his side the lead.

The goal brought Slovakia to life and the deservedly doubled their lead just before the interval as Hamsik struck with a superb curling shot.

Russia tried to find a way into the game after the break by introducing Denis Glushakov and Pavel Mamaev but Slovakia defended well to deny their opponents a lifeline.

Their resistence finally crumbled with ten minutes remaining when Glushakov headed in Oleg Shatov's cross to give Russia some hope of taking something from the game and Glushakov went close to equaliser only for his effort from just outside the penalty box to go wide.

With time running out they continued to push forward but Slovakia held their nerve to claim their first win of the tournament.

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