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Group E - Matchday -8
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Squad list Only this chapter

Slovakia - Squad list
Current season
-Matúš Kozáčik27/12/198335Plzeň - 0000
-Martin Dúbravka15/01/198930Newcastle - 3000
-Dominik Greif06/04/199722Slovan Bratislava - 0000
-Róbert Mazáň09/02/199425Tenerife - 0000
-Ľubomír Šatka02/12/199523Lech - 0000
-Milan Škriniar11/02/199524Internazionale - 3000
-Denis Vavro10/04/199623Lazio*3000
-Martin Valjent11/12/199523Mallorca - 0000
-Dávid Hancko13/12/199721Sparta Praha - 3100
-Marek Hamšík27/07/198732Dalian Yifang*3200
-Róbert Mak08/03/199128Zenit - 3000
-Juraj Kucka26/02/198732Parma*3100
-Ján Greguš29/01/199128Minnesota United - 1000
-Albert Rusnák07/07/199425Real Salt Lake - 3100
-Matúš Bero06/09/199524Vitesse - 0000
-Patrik Hrošovský22/04/199227Genk - 0000
-Ondrej Duda05/12/199424Hertha - 3100
-Stanislav Lobotka25/11/199424Celta - 3100
-Lukáš Haraslín26/05/199623Lechia - 1000
-László Bénes09/09/199721Mönchengladbach - 0000
-Michal Ďuriš01/06/198831Anorthosis - 1000
-Pavol Šafranko16/11/199424Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe - 2000
-Róbert Boženík 18/11/199919Žilina - 1000
-Pavel Hapal27/07/196950 - 3000
Croatia - Squad list
Current season
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199029Aston Villa - 2000
-Simon Sluga17/03/199326Luton - 0000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199524Dinamo Zagreb - 1000
-Dejan Lovren05/07/198930Liverpool*2000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198930Beşiktaş - 3000
-Mile Škorić19/06/199128Osijek - 1000
-Tin Jedvaj28/11/199523Augsburg - 2000
-Matej Mitrović10/11/199325Club Brugge - 0000
-Karlo Bartolec20/04/199524København - 0000
-Borna Barišić10/11/199226Rangers - 3100
-Dario Melnjak31/10/199226Rizespor - 0000
-Luka Modrić09/09/198533Real Madrid - 3000
-Milan Badelj25/02/198930Fiorentina - 2000
-Ante Rebić21/09/199325Milan - 2100
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199226Internazionale - 2000
-Mario Pašalić09/02/199524Atalanta - 1000
-Mijo Caktaš08/05/199227Hajduk Split - 0000
-Nikola Vlašić04/10/199721CSKA Moskva - 1000
-Marko Rog19/07/199524Cagliari - 0000
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198930Bayern - 3100
-Mislav Oršić29/12/199226Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Bruno Petković16/09/199424Dinamo Zagreb - 2000
-Josip Brekalo23/06/199821Wolfsburg - 3000
-Zlatko Dalic26/10/196652 - 3000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Pavel Hapal

Date of birth: 27 July 1969
Nationality: Czech
Playing career: Sigma Olomouc (four times), Dukla Praha, Bayer Leverkusen, Tenerife, Sparta Praha, České Budějovice, Jakubčovice
Coaching career: Opava, Zlín, Baník Ostrava, Nitra, Mladá Boleslav, Žilina, Zaglębie Lubin, Senica, Slovakia Under-21, Sparta Praha, Slovakia

• A versatile attacking midfielder often deployed on the right flank, Hapal represented both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic in the early 1990s, winning a total of 31 senior international caps and scoring one goal.

• Born 50km from Olomouc, Hapal started his playing career with Sigma – the first of four spells at the club – and helped them reach the 1991/92 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. His three goals in a memorable 6-2 aggregate win against Hamburg caught the eye of Bundesliga scouts and prompted a move to Leverkusen, where he remained for three years, winning the DFB-Pokal in 1992/93.

• Pursued his career in the Spanish Liga with Tenerife, where he also spent three seasons, before returning to his Czech homeland in 1998 and hanging up his boots four years later.

• Went straight into coaching, serving a succession of Czech clubs before making his name across the border in Slovakia – firstly by leading Nitra to a third-placed finish in 2007/08, then by steering Žilina to a record-equalling fifth Slovakian title in 2009/10, his debut season.

• After a two-year spell at Polish side Zaglębie Lubin and a brief stint back in Slovakia with Senica, he was appointed as coach of Slovakia's Under-21 side. It proved a successful alliance as he led the team to the European finals in Poland, where they were unfortunate to be eliminated in the group stage despite winning two of their three matches. Sparta Praha appointed him in March 2018 but he left in the summer and took charge of the senior Slovakia side in October following Ján Kozák's departure.


Zlatko Dalić

Date of birth: 26 October 1966
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: Hajduk Split (twice), Budućnost Titograd, Velež, Varteks (twice)
Coaching career: Varteks, Rijeka, Dinamo Tirana, Slaven Belupo (twice), al-Faisaly, al-Hilal, al-Ain, Croatia

• A midfielder, he spent the best years of his playing career at Varteks, scoring 13 goals in 108 matches from 1992–96.

• Played for Varteks in two spells, and after hanging up his boots in 2000, worked simultaneously as the club's assistant coach and sporting director. Took sole command on the field for the first time in 2005.

• Dalić more recently found success in the Middle East with al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and al-Ain (United Arab Emirates); in 2016, he led al-Ain to the AFC Champions League final, where they lost to South Korea's Jeonbuk FC over two legs.

• Assistant coach of Croatia under-21s from 2006-11, he returned to the national-team set-up as boss of the senior side on 7 October 2017, stepping in following the departure of Ante Čačić. 

• A win away to Ukraine two days after Dalić's appointment earned a 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off place, where Greece were defeated as Croatia reached the finals, prompting Dalić to sign a contract running until 2020. They went on to excel in Russia, reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 1998 courtesy of wins against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland; Denmark and hosts Russia were beaten on penalties en route to the semi-finals, where England were overcome in extra time, but France proved a step too far in the final.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeFelix Brych (GER)
  • Assistant refereesMark Borsch (GER) , Stefan Lupp (GER)
  • Fourth officialMarco Fritz (GER)
  • UEFA DelegateAndrew Shaw (ENG)
  • UEFA Referee observerMiroslav Tulinger (CZE)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Felix Brych03/08/197512102

Felix Brych

Referee since: 1993
First division: 2004
FIFA badge: 2007

Tournaments: 2018 FIFA World Cup, UEFA EURO 2016, 2014 FIFA World Cup, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2012 Olympic Games

2017 UEFA Champions League
2014 UEFA Europa League

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (21/03/2019)
    Slovakia 2-0 Hungary
    1-0 Duda 42, 2-0 Rusnák 85
    Dúbravka, Pekarík, Vavro, Duda (87 Šafranko), Rusnák (92 Mihalík), Škriniar, Hancko, Hamšík, Kucka, Mak (79 Stoch), Lobotka
  • Matchday 2 (24/03/2019)
    Wales 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 James 5
    Dúbravka, Pekarík (90 Šafranko), Vavro, Duda (65 Ďuriš), Rusnák, Škriniar, Hancko, Hamšík, Kucka, Mak (69 Stoch), Lobotka
  • Matchday 4 (11/06/2019)
    Azerbaijan 1-5 Slovakia
    0-1 Lobotka 8, 0-2 Kucka 27, 1-2 Sheydaev 29, 1-3 Hamšík 30, 1-4 Hamšík 57, 1-5 Hancko 85
    Dúbravka, Pekarík, Vavro, Rusnák, Boženík (71 Duda), Škriniar, Hancko, Hamšík (86 Haraslín), Kucka, Mak, Lobotka (84 Greguš)
  • Matchday 5 (06/09/2019)
  • Matchday 6 (09/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (10/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (16/11/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (19/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (21/03/2019)
    Croatia 2-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 Sheydaev 19, 1-1 Barišić 44, 2-1 Kramarić 79
    Kalinić, Brekalo, Barišić, Perišić, Ćaleta-Car, Rakitić, Kovačić (73 Vlašić), Kramarić, Modrić (91 Badelj), Petković (69 Rebić), Vida
  • Matchday 2 (24/03/2019)
    Hungary 2-1 Croatia
    0-1 Rebić 13, 1-1 Szalai 34, 2-1 Pátkai 76
    Kalinić, Barišić (30 Leovac), Perišić, Lovren, Rakitić, Kramarić, Modrić, Brozović, Jedvaj (77 Petković), Rebić (67 Brekalo), Vida
  • Matchday 3 (08/06/2019)
    Croatia 2-1 Wales
    1-0 Lawrence 17 (og) , 2-0 Perišić 48, 2-1 Brooks 77
    Livaković, Barišić, Perišić (93 Škorić), Lovren, Brekalo (67 Pašalić), Kovačić (76 Badelj), Kramarić, Modrić, Brozović, Jedvaj, Vida
  • Matchday 5 (06/09/2019)
  • Matchday 6 (09/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (10/10/2019)
  • Matchday 8 (13/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (16/11/2019)

Last updated 05/09/2019 10:08CET


:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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