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Slovakia battle back to draw with Netherlands

Published: Thursday 14 November 2013, 23.29CET
Slovakia 2-2 Netherlands
Tomáš Malec struck a 76th-minute equaliser in Senec as the hosts fought back to prevent the Jong Oranje pulling away in Group 3.
by Tomáš Čunčík
from National Training Centre
Slovakia battle back to draw with Netherlands
Adam Zreľák put the hosts in front in Senec ©SFZ

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Published: Thursday 14 November 2013, 23.29CET

Slovakia battle back to draw with Netherlands

Slovakia 2-2 Netherlands
Tomáš Malec struck a 76th-minute equaliser in Senec as the hosts fought back to prevent the Jong Oranje pulling away in Group 3.

Slovakia refused to let the Netherlands pull away at the top of UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 3 as they fought back to earn a point in Senec.

With the teams locked together on nine points at kick-off, it was the hosts who appeared to be taking the initiative when Adam Zreľák put them ahead. However, goals from Luc Castaignos and Tonny Trindade de Vilhena looked to have given the Dutch the points before Tomáš Malec's equaliser ensured things stayed as they were, although Albert Stuivenberg's men do have a match in hand.

Slovakia started brightly, Ondrej Duda testing Warner Hahn with a free-kick before Karol Mészáros flashed a shot off target from close range. Slovakia went ahead in the 37th minute when Zreľák shrugged off a defender on the edge of the area before burying a shot into the corner.

It stayed that way until half-time, but on 52 minutes Castaignos scored from close range after Stefano Denswil had looped a ball into the penalty area. The Dutch went in front in the 66th minute after Norbert Gyömber brought down Nathan Aké in the area, allowing Trindade de Vilhena to score from the spot.

Patrik Hrošovský's great run and cross from the right afforded substitute Malec the simplest of finishes to equalise, and Slovakia were unlucky not to win it after Jürgen Locadia received a red card for the Netherlands in the 79th minute.

Last updated: 05/06/15 6.24CET

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Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
Le GiangPatrik Le Giang (GK)
1
HahnWarner Hahn (GK)
2
NiňajBranislav Niňaj
Yellow Card65
2
DijkuizenHenk Dijkuizen
3
PauschekLukáš Pauschek
Yellow Card30
3
Van Der HoornMike van der Hoorn
4
TeixeiraDionatan Teixeira
4
DenswilStefano Denswil
5
GyömberNorbert Gyömber (C)
Yellow Card66
5
AkéNathan Aké
14
MazáňRóbert Mazáň
6
AyoubYassine Ayoub
15
ZreľákAdam Zreľák
Goal37
Yellow Card64
7
PromesQuincy Promes
16
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
8
TrindadeTonny Trindade
Goal66
Yellow Card73
Substitution88
17
MészárosKarol Mészáros
Substitution89
9
CastaignosLuc Castaignos
Yellow Card28
Goal52
Substitution70
18
MihalíkJaroslav Mihalík
Substitution69
10
MaherAdam Maher (C)
Substitution86
22
DudaOndrej Duda
Yellow Card44
Substitution60
11
BoëtiusJean-Paul Boëtius

Substitutes

12
MarošiMarko Maroši (GK)
16
van der HartMickey van der Hart (GK)
6
LobotkaStanislav Lobotka
Substitution89
12
Van BeekSven Van Beek
8
ŠkvarkaMichal Škvarka
13
KongoloTerence Kongolo
Substitution86
10
PaurJakub Paur
Substitution60
14
KlaassenDavy Klaassen
Substitution88
11
SchranzIvan Schranz
15
BrunsThomas Bruns
13
PintérMichal Pintér
17
HuppertsGuus Hupperts
20
MalecTomáš Malec
Substitution69
Goal76
18
LocadiaJürgen Locadia
Substitution70
Red Card79

Coach

Ivan Galád (SVK) Albert Stuivenberg (NED)

Referee

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Leif Erik Opland (NOR), Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Fourth official

Tore Hansen (NOR)

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