Wales player ratings vs Slovakia: Ben Davies and Joe Allen shine

Wales' Joe Allen in action with Slovakia's Michal Duris

Goals from Gareth Bale and substitute Hal Robson-Kanu saw Chris Coleman's side begin their Euro 2016 campaign with a 2-1 win in Bordeaux.

Slovakia's Martin Skrtel in action with Wales' Ben Davies

Danny Ward 6.5/10 – The Liverpool youngster was thrown in at the deep end following Wayne Hennessey’s late withdrawal but rose to the occasion with a solid performance. Not much he could’ve done about the equaliser.

Chris Gunter 7.5/10 – Constantly buzzed up and down the right flank, making some key defensive plays and delivering a handful of dangerous crosses.

James Chester 7/10 – Rarely looked troubled defensively and distributed the ball effectively from out of the back.

Ashley Williams 7.5/10 – The skipper led by example, marshalling the backline with authority while snuffing out whatever Slovakia threw at him on the afternoon.

Ben Davies 8/10 – The Tottenham Hotspur defender prevented his side from going a goal down inside the opening three minutes with a crucial goal-line clearance and made a match-leading six interceptions over the course of the afternoon.

Neil Taylor 7/10 – Full of energy and never shirked a challenge, although he was lucky to escape without a booking for a foul on Marek Hamsik in the first half.

David Edwards 7/10 – Ran tirelessly until eventually being replaced by Ledley with 21 minutes remaining once his influence started to wane.

Joe Allen 8/10 – The Liverpool man was tidy on the ball and extremely diligent defensively. Completed 42 of his team-high 48 passes – six of which were long balls.

Aaron Ramsey 6.5/10 – The Arsenal midfielder was enduring a frustrating afternoon until nine minutes from time, when his perseverance was rewarded with the game-winning assist. Had two good chances to score himself but wasted both.

Jonny Williams 7/10 – Very lively in the final third and unlucky not to earn a first-half penalty after ending up on the receiving end of a Martin Skrtl elbow in the box.

Gareth Bale 7.5/10 – Opened the scoring in the 10th-minute with a trademark free-kick and proved a constant thorn in Slovakia’s side. Got all five of his shots on target.


Joe Ledley (Edwards 68) 7/10 – Involved in the build-up for the winner just five weeks after a fractured leg looked to have ended his hopes of making it to the tournament.

Hal Robson-Kanu (Williams 71) 7/10 – Added another dimension to Wales’ attack and was in the right place at the right time to tuck home the winner – even if it did come off his shin.

Jazz Richards (Ramsey 88) N/A – Brought on late to help shore things up.

Wales' Hal Robson-Kanu celebrates at the end of the match

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