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Slovakia stun the Netherlands to seal top spot

Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.05CET
Netherlands 0-1 Slovakia
Adam Zreľák's powerful header 18 minutes from time took the visitors past their opponents at the top of Group 3 and into the play-offs.
by Timen Llurba
from Willem II stadium
Slovakia stun the Netherlands to seal top spot
Adam Zreľák's fourth goal of the qualifying campaign was decisive ©SFZ
Published: Monday 8 September 2014, 22.05CET

Slovakia stun the Netherlands to seal top spot

Netherlands 0-1 Slovakia
Adam Zreľák's powerful header 18 minutes from time took the visitors past their opponents at the top of Group 3 and into the play-offs.

Adam Zreľák struck 18 minutes from time as Slovakia stunned the Netherlands to leapfrog their opponents at the Group 3 summit and book a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

The visitors, who began the last day two points adrift of the Jong Oranje, had enjoyed the better of a taut encounter but time and again Karim Rekik and goalkeeper Warner Hahn kept them at bay. Neither had an answer to Zreľák's bullet header, though, as the forward met a beautiful cross from the left with an effort that went in off the crossbar.

The Netherlands, who were unbeaten in this campaign before losing 1-0 to Georgia on Thursday, pushed for an equaliser but Daley Sinkgraven's weak late shot was as close as they came. Slovakia are into Friday's play-off draw; the Dutch, two-time champions, will have to wait and see if they join them as one of the best four group runners-up.

"We only needed one point and we just gave it away," rued captain Marco van Ginkel. "It's about time we all took a good look at ourselves because this is just awful. I don't think I've ever experienced a match as poor as the one we played tonight."

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.27CET

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Lineups

Netherlands

Netherlands

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
HahnWarner Hahn (GK)
12
RusovDobrivoj Rusov (GK)
2
LigeonRuben Ligeon
2
NiňajBranislav Niňaj
3
Van AkenJoost Van Aken
3
PauschekLukáš Pauschek
4
RekikKarim Rekik
10
PaurJakub Paur
5
AkéNathan Aké
11
SchranzIvan Schranz
6
HendrixJorrit Hendrix
Yellow Card18
Substitution77
14
MazáňRóbert Mazáň
7
PromesQuincy Promes
Substitution56
15
ZreľákAdam Zreľák
Goal72
8
TrindadeTonny Trindade
16
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
Substitution90
9
CastaignosLuc Castaignos
18
LásikRichard Lásik (C)
10
Van GinkelMarco van Ginkel (C)
21
HudákDávid Hudák
11
HuppertsGuus Hupperts
Substitution82
22
DudaOndrej Duda
Yellow Card64
Substitution84

Substitutes

16
van der HartMickey van der Hart (GK)
1
Le GiangPatrik Le Giang (GK)
12
Van Der HoornMike van der Hoorn
5
LobotkaStanislav Lobotka
13
te WierikMike te Wierik
6
MalecTomáš Malec
Substitution90
14
ManuElvis Manu
Substitution56
7
MészárosKarol Mészáros
15
SinkgravenDaley Sinkgraven
Substitution77
8
ŠkvarkaMichal Škvarka
Substitution84
Yellow Card85
17
BoëtiusJean-Paul Boëtius
Substitution82
13
ŠkriniarMilan Škriniar
18
LocadiaJürgen Locadia
19
RusnákAlbert Rusnák

Coach

Adrie Koster (NED) Ivan Galád (SVK)

Referee

Javier Estrada (ESP)

Assistant referees

José Miranda (ESP), Francisco Martín (ESP)

Fourth official

José Gonzalez (ESP)

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