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Slovakia's Stoch strikes late to end Spain run

Published: Thursday 9 October 2014, 22.56CET
Slovakia 2-1 Spain
Miroslav Stoch's 87th-minute goal gave the home side a famous victory and ended Spain's eight-year, 36-match unbeaten qualifying run.
by Graham Hunter
from Štadión MŠK Žilina

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Match statistics

SlovakiaSpain

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)33
 
67
Total attempts5
 
26
on target4
 
10
off target1
 
7
blocked0
9
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
19
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
16
Fouls suffered16
 
14

Standings

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Published: Thursday 9 October 2014, 22.56CET

Slovakia's Stoch strikes late to end Spain run

Slovakia 2-1 Spain
Miroslav Stoch's 87th-minute goal gave the home side a famous victory and ended Spain's eight-year, 36-match unbeaten qualifying run.

First qualifying defeat for European champions since October 2006
Substitute Miroslav Stoch's 87th-minute winner inflicts first loss in 36 qualifiers
Paco Alcácer seemingly salvages draw for Vicente del Bosque's side (82)
Juraj Kucka gives Slovakia first-half lead (17)
Next games: Belarus v Slovakia, Luxembourg v Spain (12 October)

A late goal from Slovakia substitute Miroslav Stoch ended Spain's eight-year, 36-match unbeaten run in qualifying and secured a famous Group C win.

Not since a 2-0 reverse in Sweden in October 2006 had Spain lost a qualifying fixture in either the UEFA European Championship or the FIFA World Cup, and it looked like that fate had been avoided when substitute Paco Alcácer cancelled out Juraj Kucka's first-half effort with eight minutes left. Five minutes later, however, Slovakia's own replacement Stoch converted a Michal Ďuriš cross to clinch a memorable Slovak victory.

The first half was the epitome of UEFA European Championship qualifying. Slovakia weathered shrewd Spanish play, aiming to first avoid conceding before taking the battle to the European champions. Iker Casillas's early save, remarkable for his instant reaction from Róbert Mak's point-blank volley, made it seem it might be his night – an impression shattered pretty promptly.

Although Diego Costa's header shaved the post and Andrés Iniesta shot narrowly past the other side of Matúš Kozáčik's goal, Slovakia suddenly led. After a Sergio Busquets foul, Vladimír Weiss tapped the free-kick to Juraj Kucka whose strike swerved beyond Casillas with the keeper moving right and the ball going left. 

Spain moved up a gear but Slovakia's hard work gave them the edge, although before the interval they needed two fine Kozáčik stops, first from Costa's header then from Busquets's volley, to stay in front.

After half-time the home custodian did equally brilliantly to divert good shots from Costa and Cesc Fàbregas before repelling Costa again after the striker had broken through. Kozáčik was finally beaten eight minutes from time, Jordi Alba's cross to Alcácer proving deadly, and it appeared Spain would escape with a point.

Slovakia, and Stoch, thought differently. Substitute Ďuriš played a lovely one-two with Marek Hamšík on the right before curling an ideal ball to the back post where Stoch nodded in to crown a remarkable evening in Zilina.

Last updated: 06/06/16 13.46CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Spain

Spain

23
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
Substitution58
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel (C)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
5
BusquetsSergio Busquets
5
GyömberNorbert Gyömber
Yellow Card90+1
6
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution54
8
KokeKoke
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
Yellow Card37
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
16
JuanfranJuanfran
Substitution81
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Yellow Card4
Goal17
Substitution83
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
20
MakRóbert Mak
Substitution61
19
Diego CostaDiego Costa
Yellow Card90+1
22
PečovskýViktor Pečovský
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Yellow Card44
Substitution71

Substitutes

12
NovotaJán Novota (GK)
13
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
23
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
6
SaboErik Sabo
4
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
8
GuédéKarim Guédé
7
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
9
Paco AlcácerPaco Alcácer
Substitution71
Goal82
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution61
Goal87
Yellow Card87
11
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Substitution58
11
NemecAdam Nemec
12
BernatJuan Bernat
13
KissFilip Kiss
Substitution83
14
A. IturraspeAnder Iturraspe
14
JakubkoMartin Jakubko
15
BartraMarc Bartra
16
MichalíkĽubomír Michalík
17
RodrigoRodrigo
21
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
Substitution54
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution81
Yellow Card90+3
22
CarvajalDani Carvajal

Coach

Ján Kozák (SVK) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Mario Diks (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Richard Liesveld (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

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