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Dragun does damage as Belarus thwart Slovakia

Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.02CET
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Stanislav Dragun's goal put the champagne on ice for Ján Kozák's men, who must now win in Luxembourg to be sure of a finals place.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Štadión MŠK Žilina

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Match statistics

SlovakiaBelarus

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)57
 
43
Total attempts20
 
6
on target7
 
2
off target7
 
4
blocked6
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners6
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed14
 
19
Fouls suffered19
 
14

Standings

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Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.02CET

Dragun does damage as Belarus thwart Slovakia

Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Stanislav Dragun's goal put the champagne on ice for Ján Kozák's men, who must now win in Luxembourg to be sure of a finals place.

  • Stanislav Dragun header gives eliminated Belarus a shock win
  • Third successive game without a goal for Ján Kozák's team
  • Aleksandr Martynovich dismissed on 65 minutes for visitors
  • Andrei Gorbunov in fine form in the Belarusian goal
  • Final qualifiers: Luxembourg v Slovakia, Belarus v FYR Macedonia (Monday)

Slovakia missed a great opportunity to seal a place at their first UEFA European Championship, Stanislav Dragun's header for Belarus causing an upset in Group C.

Needing a win to be certain of making it to UEFA EURO 2016, Slovakia instead failed to score for the third qualifier in succession. With Michal Ďuriš leading the line, Slovakia were unable to find the target with their first five shots on goal, but thought they had taken the lead when Marek Hamšík teed up Róbert Mak. However, while his strike left goalkeeper Andrei Gorbunov with no chance, Dragun cleared off the line.

The visiting defender did even more damage within a matter of seconds, Dušan Švento failing to prevent Dragun's header going into the Slovak net. Belarus kept threatening and Pavel Nekhaychik blazed over the bar from around eight metres, with the home side losing their shape in midfield.

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Martin Škrtel is deflated after the final whistle

Despite a sixth consecutive half without scoring, Slovakia went into the second period with hope. Vladimír Weiss's free-kick drew a fine stop from Gorbunov, and as the Slovaks carried on pushing, Juraj Kucka fired against the post and Hamšík missed the target from a decent position.

Aleksandr Martynovich's dismissal for a second bookable offence meant Belarus played the last 25 minutes with ten men, yet Slovakia were unable to seize on that advantage. Ján Kozák's men threw everything they had at their guests, but Gorbunov was on his game, his stoppage-time save from Ďuriš's header meaning Slovakia must still beat Luxembourg on Monday to be sure of a place in France.

Last updated: 12/10/15 19.35CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Belarus

Belarus

23
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
22
GorbunovAndrei Gorbunov (GK)
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel (C)
Yellow Card11
2
DragunStanislav Dragun
Goal34
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Yellow Card36
Substitution71
3
MartynovichAleksandr Martynovich (C)
Yellow Card57
Red Card65
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
5
Polyakov                      Denis Polyakov
Yellow Card90+4
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
7
Renan BressanRenan Bressan
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
9
StasevichIgor Stasevich
Yellow Card49
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
11
GordeichukMikhail Gordeichuk
Yellow Card83
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
17
NekhaychikPavel Nekhaychik
Substitution69
20
MakRóbert Mak
Substitution79
18
SivakovMikhail Sivakov
21
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš
19
BordachevMaksim Bordachev
Substitution40
22
PečovskýViktor Pečovský
Substitution60
20
SignevichNikolai Signevich
Substitution72

Substitutes

1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
1
ZhevnovYuri Zhevnov (GK)
12
NovotaJán Novota (GK)
12
ChernikSergei Chernik (GK)
2
TesákLukáš Tesák
6
PolitevichSergei Politevich
Substitution69
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
13
BalanovichSergei Balanovich
5
SaboErik Sabo
14
PutiloAnton Putilo
6
GregušJán Greguš
15
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Substitution72
8
DudaOndrej Duda
Substitution79
16
M. VolodkoMaksim Volodko
Substitution40
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
21
FilipenkoYegor Filipenko
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution71
11
NemecAdam Nemec
Substitution60
13
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
14
JakubkoMartin Jakubko

Coach

Ján Kozák (SVK) Aleksandr Khatskevich (BLR)

Referee

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)

Assistant referees

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR), Orkun Aktaş (TUR)

Fourth official

Serkan Ok (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Ali Palabıyık (TUR), Hakan Ceylan (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution