After the first half, it felt like the result was a foregone conclusion but Russia came back with a spirited effort in the second half to make a match of it in the Group B, Euro 2016 tie. The match was crucial for Slovakia, who were the only team in the group to have gone down and the spirit of 2010 was back with two identical goals coming from difficult angles. The giant-killing Slovaks were at it again and looked on course to get three points and send Russia into troubled waters. Denis Glushakov scored late for Russia to get the scores level. Also Read: EURO CUP 2016 schedule Also Read - COVID-19 Vaccine Latest News: Dr Reddy's Gets DCGI's Nod to Conduct Late-stage Clinical Trials of Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine

The match started with Slovakia starting out with purpose and drive and constantly asking questions to the opposition defense, who yet again wore a look of a rabbit staring at headlights after being rattled by England in the first game. Then came Vladimir Weiss’s goal early in the half, for which the entire Slovakian defense was off the bench and celebrated wildly. The former Manchester City winger broke through on the left, cut in and took Russian defenders out an shot to the far post.  Even Igor Akinfeev’s despairing dive couldn’t do much to touch the ball. Also Read - Armenia, Azerbaijan Agree to 'Humanitarian Ceasefire', Says Russian Foreign Minister

The first goal gave hope and galvanised the Slovaks, who didn’t sit back. Even they wouldn’t have expected a second goal before the break and their talisman, Marek Hamsik, this time shot from the left again, and yet again, the ball squeaked its way in after hitting the post. There was a lot more drive and energy in Lenoid Slutsky’s side as they drove forward in numbers to create damage in the final third. Slovaks at this point made the cardinal sin of sitting back and inviting pressure; it is a characteristic feature of all sides going 2-0 up and half time. Russia could have easily scored their second but it was  Slovakia’s day and the side posted their first ever European Championship win. Also Read - Sputnik V: India Declines Permission to Test Russia's COVID-19 Vaccine on Large Scale