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Summary

  1. Wales start Euro 2016 with victory
  2. Bale scores with 30-yard free-kick
  3. Sub Duda equalises with low drive
  4. Robson-Kanu off bench to poke Wales in front

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Party time

Over to you, England. Wales have made a triumphant return to the big tournament stage and are off to prepare for their match with the Three Lions in Lens next Thursday.

Their fans, meanwhile, are off to crack open a few bottles of plonk in Bordeaux.

The party has only just started.

'Maybe Gary Speed is looking down'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

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"All the Wales team have stood up today. Yes, they've won the game but they are not getting too excited. I believe this win will take us through as one of those third-placed team. 

"It's a massive win and Wales showed huge character. Maybe Gary Speed is looking down on the players."

'Wales belong here'

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Dean Saunders

Former Wales striker on BBC One

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"That win has given us the belief that we belong here. There will have been a few nervous players wondering about that. I think that will be enough to get us out the group."

'Who cares if he scuffed it'

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Alan Shearer

Ex-England captain on BBC One

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"Who cares if Robson-Kanu scuffed it. The rule is hit the target. That's what centre-forwards are paid to do - to come on and score goals."

'My proudest moment'

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Wales manager Chris Coleman on BBC One: "I think it is my proudest moment. 

"Our supporters keep on topping what they have done - that support today was unbelievable. When Slovakia got the equaliser, they were looking strong - they're a good team, physical and play good football.

"In the second half the fans sensed we were a bit jaded and sitting back a bit. We came back and they got right behind us. Our boys showed passion and courage to come back. It was incredible attitude and mentality."

'Bale is not playing for money'

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Dean Saunders

Former Wales striker on BBC One

"Gareth Bale is not playing for money, you can see in the interview afterwards he loves playing for his country. I'm delighted for all of the supporters."

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'Belief'

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Forget the 1 man team rubbish. #Wales are a team. Belief, determination and team spirit in bucket loads #WAL

'Rambo did great'

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Wales match-winner Hal Robson-Kanu: "Rambo [Aaron Ramsey] did great, opened a bit of space and I managed to direct it into the corner. It wasn't the best finish but one we're all happy about."

On not having a club: "It's not something I'm thinking about right now. It's about the nation today and hopefully we can do them proud again as we have today.

"Our focus is on us, what we can do. England play later and it's our next game so we will be fully focused on that."

Match-winner without a club

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How long before Hal Robson-Kanu gets fixed up with a new club?

Wales' match-winner is available on a free after leaving Reading.

This Wales story just gets better and better.

'Fans were immense'

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Wales midfielder Joe Allen: "Never mind my performance, the team was brilliant. To go one up and get back into it was brilliant. That's what this team is all about, digging in and hanging on to it. 

"From start to finish, the fans were immense. They stayed loud and that helps you get an extra 5-10% which makes all the difference."

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Nadine & Ivan: Great result and richly deserved win for Wales. Martin Skrtel should have been sent off for sure.

Nick Eardley: I'm sure Martin Skrtel used to be decent once. Seems like a distant memory now. Should've been sent off at least three times.

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Up next?

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Wales will fancy their chances of beating England when they meet in Lens on Thursday (14:00 BST). By then Slovakia will have played their second game. They must bounce back against Russia in Lille on Wednesday (14:00 BST).

'Like a home game'

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Wales' Gareth Bale speaks to BBC Sport:  "What can I say, it was like a home game. Our fans are the best in the world and fully got behind us. We gave them something to celebrate.

"The goal is right up there. A memorable moment, a historic moment for our country. The most important thing is we got the three points.

"Hal to get the winner is amazing. the subs have to make an impact and he was amazing when he came on. Everyone has a part to play and we will keep fighting."

'We can win it'

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Dean Saunders

Former Wales striker on BBC One

"What a win. Wales have been brilliant all afternoon. Chris Coleman has got everything right, even when it went against us. At 1-1, I thought we were going to lose the game. Joe Ledley came on and Hal Robson-Kanu scored. We can win [the tournament].

"We deserved it. We put so much into the first half, that they were out on their feet."

'Scuff of dreams'

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FT Wales 2-1 Slovakia. A moment 58 years in the making, Wales rose to the occasion. Robson-Kanu's scuff will become the stuff of folklore.

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Dean Saunders has just told Match of the Day Live that Wales can win Euro 2016. Why not?

'Wales were brilliant'

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Alan Shearer

Ex-England captain on BBC One

"Wales were brilliant. They had to dig deep. We must praise Chris Coleman, he had to change it. He brought on Robson-Kanu and Joe Ledley and it worked a treat. They never gave up and they deserved that win.  

"Questions were asked in the second half because Slovakia changed it and put another two forwards up there. They were on top and asking serious questions.

"But Chris Coleman had the guts and changed it."

Great scenes

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Great scenes in the Stade de Bordeaux. Gareth Bale beckons his exhausted team-mates towards where Wales' fans are gathered.

There's time for a team huddle before the Group B leaders leave the pitch.

They'll remember this for years to come.

Wales' players huddle on the pitch after their 2-1 against Slovakia
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FULL-TIME - Wales 2-1 Slovakia

Party time in Bordeaux. Wales start Euro 2016 with a win.

Wales players celebrate their 2-1 win over Slovakia at full-time
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YELLOW CARD

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Chants of 'Wales, Wales, Wales' ring out as four minutes of additional time is signalled.

Martin Skrtel's head has gone. He goes flying into a challenge with Ben Davies which results in a deserved yellow card for the Liverpool man.

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SUBSTITUTION

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This has been pulsating and it's finishing at 100mph. 

Slovakia are desperate to get back into this but are leaving huge holes at the back. 

Aaron Ramsey's shift is over. A standing ovation for the Arsenal man as he is replaced by Jazz Richards.

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Paul Thompson: Another substitute, another game-changer! What a cushion this would give Wales in the group. Are you watching England?

HITS THE WOODWORK

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It could be the Millennium Stadium. There's a raucous atmopshere among the Wales fans. The party has started early but there's another huge scare as Adam Nemec heads against Danny Ward's post.

Slovakia's Adam Nemec hits the post late on

'What a substitution'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"Hal Robson-Kanu has mis-hit it but they all count. What a substitution by Chris Coleman.

"We were just saying about if Wales could hold on for a draw but now it's a case of whether they can hold on for a win.

"This Wales team have got character - fantastic." 

Hal Robson-Kanu puts Wales back infront
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GOAL - Wales 2-1 Slovakia

Hal Robson-Kanu

Party time in Bordeaux.

Wales are back in front with 10 minutes remaining as substitute Hal Robson-Kanu stabs the ball home from 10 yards after Aaron Ramsey's excellent pass.

Robson-Kanu doesn't make clean contact but does enough to send Wales' travelling fans into dreamland.

Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates putting Wales infront
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Hal Robson-Kanu scores to give Wales the lead again

YELLOW CARD

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Wales have weathered a strong Slovakia storm since conceding. Robert Mak is shown a yellow card after a cynical challenge on Joe Allen. A hush descends around the ground as Wales win a free-kick 40-yards out. Gareth Bale grabs the ball. Surely not?

'He should be scoring'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"A great ball from Hal Robson-Kanu and he picks out Aaron Ramsey, who just goes up a little too early as he doesn't time his jump. He should be scoring that."

Aaron Ramsey reacts to heading over the bar
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Fifteen minutes to go

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End to end as we enter the final quarter of an hour.

Another blast of 'Land of My Fathers' from the travelling Wales masses rings out around the Stade de Bordeaux as they urge their side forward.

'Credit to Slovakia'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"Slovakia are in the ascendancy and a little spell of possession would do Wales the world of good.

"Credit to Slovakia, they have come out in the second half and had a real go and Wales have not really got started."

CLOSE!

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Aaron Ramsey's header goes over the bar from close range

What a chance for Wales.

A delicious cross by substitute Hal Robson-Kanu for Aaron Ramsey but the Arsenal man heads agonisingly over the bar from close range.

Will Wales get another chance like that?

Aaron Ramsey heads over
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SUBSTITUTION

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At last Hal Robson-Kanu can come on as Jonny Williams is the man to go off. Chris Coleman has also sent on Joe Ledley - who broke his leg on 7 May. It's a big moment for the midfielder. David Edwards is the man to make way.

SUBSTITUTION

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Bizarre moment as Wales prepare to make a substitution. The fourth official holds up Aaron Ramsey's number to come off. It's a mistake and Hal Robson-Kanu is forced to wait to come on as play resumes.

The definition of an impact sub

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Watch the goal that turned this game on its head. All the momentum is with Slovakia.

Duda scores the equaliser for Slovakia

Duda dampens Welsh spirits

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Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales in Bordeaux

The tide has turned in Bordeaux.

Where the Welsh sea of red were in raptures in the first half, it is the Slovakian supporters who have come to life in the second.

Duda's equaliser seems to have rattled Wales on and off the pitch.

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Chris GL Lovell: Wales don't need to panic yet. How many times in qualifying did Bale pop up with late winners?! All Welsh fans need is belief.

Rhys Evans: I can see Slovakia pushing on and winning this game. Wales don't have the mentality to get another goal.

'Wales will rue defending'

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John Hartson

Ex-Wales striker on BBC Radio 5 live

"It's a good goal from a Slovakia point of view but Wales will rue their defending.

"Duda, the substitute, kept running. He was allowed to run an awful long way and the keeper had little chance."

What if...

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A few minutes before that equaliser, Gareth Bale went close to doubling Wales' advantage. 

Gareth Bale's header saved by goalkeeper

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It's all Slovakia now. 

They have rarely threatened but Danny Ward is forced to beat away a powerful low shot by Juraj Kucka.

Time for Chris Coleman to make a change?

GOAL - Wales 1-1 Slovakia

Ondrej Duda

Duda scores the equaliser for Slovakia

An inspired substitution by Jan Kozak as substitute Ondrej Duda, who has only been on the pitch a minute or so, tucks home from just inside the area with his first touch after Robert Mak had brushed off Aaron Ramsey to produce a telling pass.

Testing times for Wales.

Ondrej Duda scores for Slovakia
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