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Slovakia comeback stuns Cyprus

Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.03CET
Cyprus 1-3 Slovakia Slovakia produced a stunning second-half comeback to win their qualifying Group D encounter against Cyprus in Nicosia.
Slovakia comeback stuns Cyprus
Robert Vittek is mobbed after scoring Slovakia's equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusSlovakia

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target4
 
9
Attempts off target3
 
7
Corners4
 
10
Fouls committed13
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 25 March 2007, 0.03CET

Slovakia comeback stuns Cyprus

Cyprus 1-3 Slovakia Slovakia produced a stunning second-half comeback to win their qualifying Group D encounter against Cyprus in Nicosia.

Slovakia moved back into contention in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group D thanks to a second-half comeback against Cyprus in Nicosia.

Comeback success
Cyprus had appeared on course for a shock victory when they took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Efstathios Aloneftis, a minute after home goalkeeper Michael Morphis had been sent off. But Slovakia made their numerical advantage count after the break with Robert Vittek, Martin Škrtel and Martin Jakubko scoring to secure three points and put pressure on Germany and Czech Republic at the top of the group.

Early pressure
The visitors could have been in front inside two minutes, only for Morphis to save from Dušan Švento, and they continued to have the better of the early exchanges with Jakubko curling a shot wide. Vratislav Greško was next to pepper the hosts' goal with a free-kick that Morphis was again equal to. The picture bleakened for Cyprus when Morphis was dismissed just before the interval for a foul on Švento outside the area, yet they responded by scoring with their first effort of note. Konstantinos Charalampidis's strike was parried by Kamil Čontofalský and Aloneftis was on hand to stab in the rebound.

Double blow
Slovakia were a different proposition after the restart, though, and Vittek hauled them level on 54 minutes by converting Marek Sapara's cross. Škrtel then put the away team ahead with a thumping volley from the edge of the box 13 minutes later. The turnaround was complete on 77 minutes when Jakubko nodded in from close range after a fine centre from Ján Kozák, and Igor Žofčák nearly added a late fourth only for his attempt to rebound off the post. Slovakia now travel to the Republic of Ireland, and Cyprus to the Czech Republic, for their next qualifiers on Wednesday.

Last updated: 25/03/07 0.30CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Slovakia

Slovakia

12
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
Red Card42
1
ČontofalskýKamil Čontofalský (GK)
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
9
ŠinglárPeter Šinglár
Substitution46
4
LambrouLambros Lambrou
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
Goal67
Yellow Card89
5
LoukaLoukas Louka
5
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
Yellow Card20
2
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou (C)
Substitution43
2
GreškoVratislav Greško
Yellow Card27
13
MichailChrysostomos Michail
17
BorbélyBalázs Borbély
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
14
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
Yellow Card50
19
GarpozisAlexandros Garpozis
Substitution66
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
20
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
Substitution58
7
SaparaMarek Sapara
Substitution68
18
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
Yellow Card72
11
VittekRóbert Vittek (C)
Goal54
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Goal45
16
JakubkoMartin Jakubko
Goal77
Substitution79

Substitutes

22
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
Substitution43
12
HajdúchĽuboš Hajdúch (GK)
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
Substitution66
4
KozákJán Kozák
Substitution68
6
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
6
ŠtrbaZdeno Štrba
31
ChristouParaskevas Christou
10
KlimplMaroš Klimpl
8
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution58
15
ČechMarek Čech
23
KrassasAsimakis Krassas
19
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Substitution79
32
ChailisKyriakos Chailis
20
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
Substitution46

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) Ján Kocian (SVK)

Referee

Gerald Lehner (AUT)

Assistant referees

Bernhard Zauner (AUT), Raimund Buch (AUT)

Fourth official

Bernhard Brugger (AUT)

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