Jun 13, 2016

    Wales can advance to last 16 by beating England


    SLOVAKIA coach Jan Kozak believes Wales were lucky to beat his team 2-1 in their Euro 2016 Group B opener on Saturday.

    Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu's 81st-minute winner guaranteed the three points after Ondrej Duda's strike had cancelled out Gareth Bale's early goal. Wales had eight shots on target to two for their opponents but Slovakia had more possession (56 per cent) and created more chances (13 to 10).

    "It was an open game and I think they had more luck," Kozak said at a news conference.

    "I think a draw would have been fairer."

    Wales can get to the last 16 by beating England - who drew 1-1 with Russia - on Thursday.

    "The result and getting the three points in the opening game was great for them," said Kozak. "It's a great boost for their confidence and (winning) the derby will be a great motivation although it's hard to predict the result.

    "They still have two matches to qualify so it's certainly a strong starting position."