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Superb Slovakia strike five

Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 21.48CET
Wales 1-5 Slovakia
Slovakia hit form in Cardiff to inflict the heaviest-ever qualifying home defeat suffered by the principality.
by Paul Saffer
Superb Slovakia strike five
Dušan Švento celebrates opening the scoring Getty Images

Match statistics

WalesSlovakia

Goals scored1
 
5
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners9
 
4
Fouls committed8
 
8
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

Legend:

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Published: Saturday 7 October 2006, 21.48CET

Superb Slovakia strike five

Wales 1-5 Slovakia
Slovakia hit form in Cardiff to inflict the heaviest-ever qualifying home defeat suffered by the principality.

Slovakia inflicted a nightmare 50th appearance on Wales goalkeeper Paul Jones as they condemned the principality team to their heaviest-ever qualifying home defeat.

Švento scores
Wales began with high hopes having lost narrowly to the Czech Republic in their opening UEFA EURO 2008™ Group D game, while Slovakia had followed up a 6-1 home win against Cyprus by falling 3-0 to their neighbours in Bratislava. Although Wales were missing injured captain Ryan Giggs among several absentees, they made a bright start in Cardiff but things swung Slovakia's way on 14 minutes when Dušan Švento turned in Robert Vittek's cross.

Lead increases
Robert Earnshaw and Simon Davies threatened for the home side, but just after the half-hour Jones, whose hair was specially shaved to celebrate his personal landmark, had a moment to forget. The goalkeeper ran out of his box to clear but the ball found only Marek Mintál, who calmly curled his shot in from long range. Wales were given hope five minutes later when 17-year-old Gareth Bale struck his first international goal with a perfectly-hit free-kick. Within seconds, though, Mintál restored Slovakia's two-goal advantage with a strong drive that beat Jones at his near post.

Slovakian delight
Stand-in Wales captain Craig Bellamy's effort went just wide not long before the break, but only six minutes after the interval it was 4-1. Ján Kozák directed a Slovakia corner deep to Miroslav Karhan, whose long-range swerving shot gave Jones no chance. Davies immediately forced a save from Kamil Čontofalský, but in the 59th minute Vittek joined the list of Slovakia scorers as he connected with a centre from Švento, repaying the favour from the first goal.

Germany visit
For Wales, thoughts must now turn to the visit of Cyprus to the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday, as John Toshack's men attempt to wipe out the memory of this loss. Slovakia, meanwhile, will be full of confidence as they look ahead to their own home fixture that day against Germany.

Last updated: 07/10/06 23.48CET

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Lineups

Wales

Wales

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
Paul JonesPaul Jones (GK)
1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
2
DuffyRichard Duffy
2
KozákJán Kozák
3
BaleGareth Bale
Goal37
3
KratochvílRoman Kratochvíl
4
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
4
M. PetrášMartin Petráš
5
NyatangaLewin Nyatanga
5
VargaStanislav Varga
6
RobinsonCarl Robinson
6
KarhanMiroslav Karhan (C)
Goal51
Substitution67
7
BellamyCraig Bellamy (C)
9
MintálMarek Mintál
Goal32
Goal39
Substitution71
8
EdwardsRobert Edwards
Substitution58
11
VittekRóbert Vittek
Goal59
Substitution77
9
KoumasJason Koumas
Yellow Card24
15
P. PetrášPeter Petráš
10
DaviesSimon Davies
Yellow Card68
Substitution88
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
Goal14
11
EarnshawRob Earnshaw
Substitution46
20
ĎuricaJán Ďurica

Substitutes

21
PriceLewis Price (GK)
12
HajdúchĽuboš Hajdúch (GK)
14
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution58
8
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution77
15
ParryPaul Parry
Substitution46
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
Substitution71
16
CotterrillDavid Cotterrill
Substitution88
16
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
Substitution67
12
MorganCraig Morgan
7
ValachovičJozef Valachovič
17
VaughanDavid Vaughan
13
HadMarián Had
18
CroftsAndrew Crofts
17
SaparaMarek Sapara

Coach

John Toshack (WAL) Dušan Galis (SVK)

Referee

Dick J.H. van Egmond (NED)

Assistant referees

Jantinus Meints (NED), Hans Ten Hoove (NED)

Fourth official

Ruud Bossen (NED)

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