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Slovakia stride to victory

Published: Saturday 5 June 2010, 19.37CET
Slovakia 3-0 Costa Rica
Vladimír Weiss's side raised belief ahead of the FIFA World Cup, while Martin Škrtel was given good news after suffering an ankle injury.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Bratislava
Slovakia stride to victory
Kornel Saláta pressurises Costa Rica's Winston Parks ©AFP
Published: Saturday 5 June 2010, 19.37CET

Slovakia stride to victory

Slovakia 3-0 Costa Rica
Vladimír Weiss's side raised belief ahead of the FIFA World Cup, while Martin Škrtel was given good news after suffering an ankle injury.

Slovakia 3-0 Costa Rica
Vladimír Weiss's troops boosted confidence ahead of the FIFA World Cup by posting a one-sided win over Costa Rica, in which defender Martin Škrtel was initially feared to have suffered a serious ankle injury.

The Liverpool FC centre-back had to be withdrawn with ankle swelling after just 13 minutes and was immediately taken to hospital, where tests revealed he will be fit to travel to South Africa. Despite his absence, his team-mates promptly took the lead via a Douglas Sequeira own goal as the defender turned in a cross from Vladimír Weiss, the Slovakia coach's son.

The European team then increased their advantage after the restart, with Róbert Vittek firing in after Stanislav Šesták had connected with the crossbar and Šesták completing a successful day courtesy of a late penalty.

"It was a respectable way to say goodbye to our fans before we travel to South Africa on Tuesday," said coach Weiss, whose team open their Group F account against New Zealand on 15 June. "I have to be satisfied given our attacking play, many interesting performances, important goals by Vittek and Šesták and almost a full stadium."

Last updated: 06/06/10 14.20CET

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