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Slovakia coach Ján Kozák has called up two new midfield options to his squad for the final UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier of the year with Legia Warszawa's Ondrej Duda and Patrik Hrošovský from FC Viktoria Plzeň both getting the nod. After three wins from three, the country host Malta in a friendly on Wednesday before a trip to FYR Macedonia on 15 November, but they will be without defender Norbert Gyömber after the Calcio Catania man broke his ankle but Kornel Saláta and Dunajská Streda join the squad as cover. "It is for these moments that we play football," said a delighted Duda after hearing of his selection.

Goalkeepers: Ján Mucha (PFC Krylya Sovietov Samara), Matúš Kozáčik (FC Viktoria Plzeň), Ján Novota (SK Rapid Wien)

Defenders: Peter Pekarík (Hertha BSC Berlin), Martin Škrtel (Liverpool FC), Kornel Saláta (DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda), Ján Ďurica (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Ľubomír Michalík (FC Kairat Almaty), Tomáš Hubočan (FC Dinamo Moskva). Dušan Švento (1. FC Köln)

Midfielders: Viktor Pečovský (MŠK Žilina), Filip Kiss (Ross County FC), Juraj Kucka (Genoa CFC), Patrik Hrošovský (FC Viktoria Plzeň), Róbert Mak (PAOK FC), Stanislav Šesták (VFL Bochum 1848), Marek Hamšík (SSC Napoli), Ondrej Duda (Legia Warszawa),Vladimír Weiss (Lekhwiya SC), Miroslav Stoch (Al-Ain FC).

Forwards: Michal Ďuriš (FK Mladá Boleslav), Adam Nemec (1. FC Union Berlin), Filip Hološko (Rizespor)

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10/11/201412:02Rastislav Hribik, Bratislava

After a win in Ukraine and now a 2-1 home success against European champions Spain, Slovakia coach Ján Kozák is delighted with his side who sit top of Group C.

I feel really happy at the moment. We have put in a fantastic performance in front of a full stadium. This win is very precious. Our players showed a very brave performance.

At the back we fought very hard, gave our best. All the boys showed fantastic effort and played until the final whistle. They gave us hard times. We had players who were suffering from cramp but they suffered through the pain and made the whole country happy.

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