Slovakia coach Jan Kozak watched his team suffered a 2-1 loss against Wales in their opening match of the Euro 2016.
The result is a huge disappointment for Slovakia who were hoping to take advantage of England dropping points in the opening match against Russia.Kozak and his players were aware of the threat from Wales, who have been riding on the success of Gareth Bale, and they were extremely disappointed to lose the game.Kozak felt that there was little to separate the two teams after the end of 90 minutes.
He blamed luck for going against his team. Gareth Bale is one of the main danger men and Slovakia were aware of this aspect going into the match. However, they failed to prevent the Real Madrid winger from opening the scoring after just 10 minutes. Despite this early setback, Slovakia came back into the match through some stubborn play. The equaliser came in the second half through Duda. Both teams had an even number of chances with Wales slightly edgeing the opposition in this regard. Slovakia also nominated the game in terms of territory, as they had slightly more possession than Wales.
The blow for Slovakia came with nine minutes of normal time remaining,as Robson-Kanu came up with the goal that proved to be the winner. The loss has left Slovakia with a mountain to climb in the remaining two matches."Of course any defeat is unpleasant, especially at a Euro. I knew whoever scored first would have a big advantage as Wales have a well-organised defence.After we conceded we were not really comfortable on the ball, we lost possession, but after half-time we did our best and equalised.Towards the end both teams tried to win, it was an open game, and they had a bit more luck," said the Slovakia boss.