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Slovakia edge Andorra to maintain Group B pace

Published: Saturday 4 June 2011, 22.33CET
Slovakia 1-0 Andorra
Veteran defender Miroslav Karhan's second-half goal was enough for the hosts to earn a fourth 1-0 win in Group B and move joint top of the pool.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Štadión Pasienky
Slovakia edge Andorra to maintain Group B pace
Filip Šebo (left) was a constant thorn in the side of the Andorran defence ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SlovakiaAndorra

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts23
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
0
Attempts off target10
 
1
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners16
 
2
Offsides6
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
14

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Saturday 4 June 2011, 22.33CET

Slovakia edge Andorra to maintain Group B pace

Slovakia 1-0 Andorra
Veteran defender Miroslav Karhan's second-half goal was enough for the hosts to earn a fourth 1-0 win in Group B and move joint top of the pool.

Slovakia once again share the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group B leadership thanks to a 1-0 victory – their fourth of the campaign by that same score – against Andorra in Bratislava.

The home side made an impressive start and could have gone ahead within the opening 14 seconds through Filip Šebo. As it turned out, they had to wait until the 63rd minute for the decisive goal, Miroslav Karhan proving the unlikely match-winner for Vladimír Weiss's side, who are level at the top with Russia and the Republic of Ireland.

Slovakia came out of the traps quickly and were close to opening the scoring straight away when Šebo's fiercely struck shot stung the palms of José Antonio Gómes in the visitors' goal. Moments later, Filip Hološko found Šebo inside the penalty area but Gómes was on hand again to keep the scores level.

Captain Marek Hamšík and Róbert Vittek also went close for the hosts who dominated possession but struggled to turn their superiority into goals. Shortly before the break Šebo resumed his duel with Gómes as the Andorra goalkeeper saved the 27-year-old's header from close range.

The breakthrough finally came just past the hour when Andorra failed to clear Hamšík's corner leaving Karhan to volley in his 14th international goal in 103 appearances for Slovakia. Gómes then denied Hološko as Weiss's charges eased to victory.

Neither side are in action again until September when Slovakia travel to the Republic of Ireland for what could be a potentially decisive match and Andorra host Armenia.

Last updated: 01/08/11 10.52CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Andorra

Andorra

23
KelloMarián Kello (GK)
1
GomesJosep Gomes (GK)
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
2
RubioJordi Rubio
5
ČechMarek Čech
Substitution83
3
BernausMarc Bernaus
6
KarhanMiroslav Karhan
Goal63
5
Emili GarciaEmili Garcia
7
JežRóbert Jež
Yellow Card13
6
Ildefons LimaIldefons Lima
11
VittekRóbert Vittek
8
M. VieiraMarcio Vieira
13
HološkoFilip Hološko
Substitution74
10
JiménezManolo Jiménez (C)
Substitution86
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
11
SilvaFernando Silva
Substitution63
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík (C)
16
C. MartínezCristian Martínez
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Substitution46
17
ValesMarc Vales
Yellow Card32
22
ŠeboFilip Šebo
18
AyalaJosep Ayala
Substitution16

Substitutes

12
PernišDušan Perniš (GK)
13
Ferran PolFerran Pol (GK)
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Substitution46
4
SonejeeÓscar Sonejee
10
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
Substitution74
7
Juli SánchezJuli Sánchez
14
KopúnekKamil Kopúnek
9
GómezSebastiàn Gómez
Substitution63
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
Substitution83
14
SalvatJoaquim Salvat
Substitution86
18
JendrišekErik Jendrišek
20
AndorráXavi Andorrá
Substitution16
Yellow Card76
21
PiroskaJuraj Piroska
22
ManeiroDavid Maneiro

Coach

Vladimír Weiss (SVK) Koldo Alvarez (AND)

Referee

Lorenc Jemini (ALB)

Assistant referees

Ridiger Çokaj (ALB), Gezim Koka (ALB)

Fourth official

Enea Jorgji (ALB)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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