Who writes sports scripts? It must be a Welshman. Who else could have written the opening chapter of this match? A Gareth Bale free kick. Tick. A goal. Tick. Wales lead after just 10 minutes. Tick. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.
Unfortunately, the Slovakian manager decided to play villain by making an inspired substitution in the second half. He brought on Ondrej Duda, who scored with his first touch, cleverly letting the ball run across him before rifling a precise shot into the corner.
But hey, anything you can do – Wales gaffer Chris Coleman matched his counterpart by bringing on his own supersub, Hal Robson-Kanu, whose scuffed shot in the 81st minute from Aaron Ramsey’s toe poked pass somehow crept through the Slovakian defender’s legs into the net.
A fairytale start for Wales in their first major tournament for 58 years. Wales will be hoping their celestial scriptwriter writes them a tale worthy of Hollywood when they take on England on Thursday.