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Slovaks stifled in Latvia

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 21.00CET
Latvia 0-0 Slovakia Ambitious Slovakia could find no way past a defence-minded Latvia in Riga, but remain in the hunt for second place.
by Mihail Korolev
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2005, 21.00CET

Slovaks stifled in Latvia

Latvia 0-0 Slovakia Ambitious Slovakia could find no way past a defence-minded Latvia in Riga, but remain in the hunt for second place.

Slovakia were held to a goalless draw by a defensive-minded Latvia side in Riga.

Hopeful Slovaks
Still hoping to catch second-placed Russia and claim a spot in the play-offs for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals, Group 3 hopefuls Slovakia were stifled by their Baltic opponents despite having the upper hand throughout.

Off the bar
Ivan Lietava had an excellent chance to open the scoring for Jozef Bubenko's team after just nine minutes but his drive from 18 metres rattled the crossbar. A few minutes later, the striker was handed another opportunity but he missed the target from a good position.

Fine save
After 32 minutes, Latvia goalkeeper Pavels Šteinbors demonstrated his skills as he kept out a fierce shot from Slovakia's Milan Ivana - but he was to be saved by his goal frame three minutes later as Igor Zofcak was denied by the woodwork.

Defensive hosts
Latvia remained diligent in defence throughout and only truly threatened their opponents' goal through Aleksejs Višnakovs's dangerous free-kicks. But while Slovakia continued to attack in numbers after the interval, they were unable to make the breakthrough.

Russia decider
However, Russia's 1-0 defeat by Portugal in Moscow means Slovakia's chances of taking second position in Group 3 are still alive. With two games to play, they are three points behind Russia, whom they entertain in their final qualifier on 12 October.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.05CET

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Lineups

Latvia

Latvia

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
ŠteinborsPāvels Šteinbors (GK)
12
PernišDušan Perniš (GK)
2
ŽuravlovsAndrejs Žuravlovs
3
BrezinskýMiloš Brezinský
3
KļavaOskars Kļava
4
ČechMarek Čech
4
RafaļskisMaksims Rafaļskis
6
PečovskýViktor Pečovský
Yellow Card57
5
JemeļinsAntons Jemeļins
7
IvanaMilan Ivana (C)
6
IvanovsDeniss Ivanovs (C)
8
BruskoTomás Brusko
Substitution59
8
BlanksKristaps Blanks
Substitution90+2
10
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák
9
SemjonovsIgors Semjonovs
11
VaščákBlažej Vaščák
Substitution90+1
10
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
13
SedivyPeter Sedivy
Yellow Card55
14
AbramenkoAleksandrs Abramenko
Substitution90+1
15
LietavaIvan Lietava
Substitution77
17
KirhnersIntars Kirhners
17
PekaríkPeter Pekarík

Substitutes

12
VlasovsAleksandrs Vlasovs (GK)
1
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
11
ScanicinsIlja Scanicins
Substitution90+1
2
GrajciarPeter Grajciar
Substitution90+1
18
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution90+2
9
ŠeboFilip Šebo
Substitution59
7
SmirnovsVitālijs Smirnovs
18
JendrišekErik Jendrišek
Substitution77
13
ZarudnijsJevgenijs Zarudnijs
5
MinarcíkMartin Minarcík
15
MaksimenkoJevgenijs Maksimenko
14
PlevaDalibor Pleva
16
KozansSergejs Kozans
16
KóňaTomáš Kóňa

Coach

Jurijs Ševļakovs (LVA) Jozef Bubenko (SVK)

Referee

Egill Mar Markusson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Einar Sigurdsson (ISL), Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Magnus Thorisson (ISL)

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