Qualifying round (Group G) - 12/10/2012 - 20:15CET (20:15 local time) - Štadión Pasienky - Bratislava
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Slovakia squeeze past Latvia to top Group G

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 22.15CET
Slovakia 2-1 Latvia
Early goals from Marek Hamšík and Marek Sapara ensured Māris Verpakovskis's late penalty was not enough to prevent the home team earning three more points.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Bratislava
Slovakia squeeze past Latvia to top Group G
Marek Hamšík celebrates after giving Slovakia the lead against Latvia ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

SlovakiaLatvia

Goals scored2
 
1
Total attempts13
 
3
Attempts on target7
 
2
off target4
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
6
Offsides3
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
11

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 22:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 22.15CET

Slovakia squeeze past Latvia to top Group G

Slovakia 2-1 Latvia
Early goals from Marek Hamšík and Marek Sapara ensured Māris Verpakovskis's late penalty was not enough to prevent the home team earning three more points.

Slovakia claimed their second FIFA World Cup qualifying Group G victory at home to Latvia to go top of the section.

Marek Hamšík opened the scoring from the penalty spot on six minutes and Marek Sapara doubled the advantage just four minutes later. Latvia rallied after the break and, although Māris Verpakovskis's late spot kick gave them hope, the hosts held on.

Michal Hipp's side have made an impressive start to their qualifying campaign and flew out of blocks against Latvia. Goalkeeper Andris Vaņins felled Vladimír Weiss inside the penalty area and Hamšík converted from the spot to give them an early advantage. Things got better for the hosts shortly afterwards when Sapara's free-kick beat Vaņins for his third goal of the campaign.

Latvia almost responded immediately through Artjoms Rudnevs but the Hamburger SV forward missed from close range. Oleg Laizans's shot was then repelled by Dušan Kuciak as Slovakia maintained their two-goal lead.

The visitors continued to push forward in the second half but Verpakovskis's 84th-minute penalty proved to be too little, too late as the hosts safely saw the game out. In their next fixtures on Tuesday, Slovakia host Greece and Latvia entertain Liechtenstein.

Last updated: 13/10/12 0.04CET

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Lineup

Slovakia

Slovakia

Latvia

Latvia

23Dušan Kuciak (GK)1Andris Vaņins (GK) (C)
Yellow Card6
2Peter Pekarík3Oskars Kļava
Yellow Card8
3Martin Škrtel (C)
Substitution90
4Ritus Krjauklis
Yellow Card86
6Michal Breznaník
Yellow Card57
5Oļegs Laizāns
Substitution70
7Vladimír Weiss
Substitution44
6Deniss Ivanovs
9Miroslav Stoch
Yellow Card65
8Aleksandrs Cauņa
Substitution77
10Marek Sapara
Goal10
10Aleksejs Višņakovs
11Marek Bakoš
Substitution61
11Ivans Lukjanovs
Substitution53
16Kornel Saláta13Kaspars Gorkšs
17Marek Hamšík
Goal6
16Artjoms Rudņevs
18Viktor Pečovský18Aleksandrs Fertovs

Substitutes

12Dušan Perniš (GK)12Pāvels Doroševs (GK)
1Matúš Putnocký (GK)23Germans Māliņš (GK)
4Marek Čech2Igors Savčenkovs
5Radoslav Zabavník7Vladimirs Kamešs
8Karim Guédé9Māris Verpakovskis
Substitution77
Goal84
13Filip Hološko
Substitution61
14Ritvars Rugins
Substitution70
14Róbert Jež15Artūrs Zjuzins
19Juraj Kucka17Edgars Gauračs
Substitution53
Yellow Card90+4
20Ján Ďurica
Substitution90
19Vitālijs Smirnovs
21Michal Ďuriš
Substitution44
20Nauris Bulvitis
22Ľubomír Guldan21Artis Lazdiņš

Coach

Michal Hipp (SVK) Jurijs Ševļakovs (LVA)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Assistant referees

Berry Simons (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)

Fourth official

Richard Liesveld (NED)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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