Day six of Euro 2016 was another of excitement in France, as Slovakia defeated Russia and Romania and Switzerland drew, while France grabbed another late win in Marseille.
The first game of the day came in Group B, as Slovakia saw off Russia 2-1 in Lille. The first goal arrived on 32 minutes for the Slovaks. Marek Hamsik produced a sublime 60-yard pass to pick out Vladimir Weiss in the area, the winger dummied Smolnikov before firing home a powerful effort into the far corner.
Weiss returned the favour on the stroke of half-time finding Hamsik on the edge and the Napoli found the top corner via the post with a fantastic powerfully struck effort. Neither teams produced many chances until ten minutes from time when Russia reduced the deficit.
Oleg Shatov’s cross from the left was headed home powerfully by Russia substitute Denis Glushakov. Leonid Slutskiy’s team pressed for a win, but Slovakia held on to the win and moved up to second in the group.
Attention then switched to Group A, as Romania and Switzerland drew 1-1 at the Parc des Princes. Romania took the lead on 18 minutes. Stephan Lichtsteiner pulled down Alexandru Chipciu in the area and for a second consecutive game Bogdan Stancu scored from the penalty spot.
However Switzerland equalised on 57 minutes. Ricardo Rodriguez’s cross was cleared and Admir Mehmedi smashed an effort past Ciprian Tatarusanu in the Romania goal.
There was very few efforts on goal following the goal, as both teams looked to settle for a point. The draw means that Switzerland sits second in the group with just a game remaining. They now need just a draw from their last game against France to confirm their place in the knockout stages.
Euro 2016 hosts France left it late to record a victory for a second consecutive game, as Les Bleus recorded a 2-0 win over a resilient Albania team in Marseille.
Underdogs Albania defended doggedly against French pressure, but the hosts finally found a breakthrough on 90 minutes. Defender Adil Rami produced a pin-point cross to Antoine Griezmann in the area and the Atletico Madrid forward headed home.
Les Bleus extended their win five minutes into stoppage-time. Substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac battled for the ball in the area and found Dmitri Payet, who advanced towards goal and curled the ball home.
The victory means that France were the first team to make it through to the knockout stages of the competition.