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SlovakiaSlovakiaŠtadión Antona Malatinského - TrnavaTuesday 11 October 2016
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Group F - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
21/09/1977QR (GS)Scotland - Czechoslovakia3-1
GlasgowJordan 18, Hartford 35, Dalglish 54; Gajdůšek 81
13/10/1976QR (GS)Czechoslovakia - Scotland2-0
PraguePanenka 48, Petráš 50
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
17/10/1973QR (GS)Czechoslovakia - Scotland1-0
BratislavaNehoda 15 (P)
26/09/1973QR (GS)Scotland - Czechoslovakia2-1
GlasgowHolton 41, Jordan 72; Nehoda 33
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
29/11/1961QR (GS)Czechoslovakia - Scotland4-2
BrusselsPluskal 36, Hledik 70, Pospíchal 96 ET, Kvašňák 101 ET; St. John 38, 70
26/09/1961QR (GS)Scotland - Czechoslovakia3-2
GlasgowSt. John 21, Law 62, 83; Kvašňák 6, Scherer 51
14/05/1961QR (GS)Czechoslovakia - Scotland4-0
BratislavaPospíchal 8, 85, Kvašňák 13, Kadraba 40
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Squad list Only this chapter

Slovakia - Squad list
Current season
-Matúš Kozáčik27/12/198332Plzeň - 2000
-Martin Dúbravka15/01/198927Liberec - 0000
-Ján Novota29/11/198332Rapid Wien - 0000
-Martin Škrtel15/12/198431Fenerbahçe - 1000
-Ján Ďurica10/12/198134Trabzonspor*2000
-Kornel Saláta24/01/198531Slovan Bratislava*1000
-Lukáš Štetina28/07/199125Dukla - 0000
-Lukáš Pauschek09/12/199223Mladá Boleslav - 1000
-Milan Škriniar11/02/199521Sampdoria - 0000
-Marek Hamšík27/07/198729Napoli - 2000
-Dušan Švento01/08/198531Slavia Praha - 2000
-Róbert Mak08/03/199125Zenit - 2000
-Juraj Kucka26/02/198729Milan*1000
-Ján Greguš29/01/199125København - 2000
-Filip Kiss13/10/199025Haugesund - 1000
-Jakub Považanec31/01/199125Dukla - 0000
-Erik Sabo22/11/199124Beitar Jerusalem - 1000
-Jakub Holúbek12/01/199125Žilina - 1000
-Patrik Hrošovský22/04/199224Plzeň - 1000
-Marek Bakoš15/04/198333Plzeň - 0000
-Adam Nemec02/09/198531Dinamo Bucureşti - 0000
-Michal Ďuriš01/06/198828Plzeň*2000
-Ján Kozák17/04/195462 - 2000
Scotland - Squad list
Current season
-Craig Gordon31/12/198233Celtic - 0000
-David Marshall05/03/198531Hull - 2000
-Jack Hamilton22/03/199422Hearts - 0000
-Christophe Berra31/01/198531Ipswich - 0000
-Lee Wallace01/08/198729Rangers - 0000
-Grant Hanley20/11/199124Newcastle*2000
-Russell Martin04/01/198630Norwich - 2000
-Callum Paterson13/10/199421Hearts - 2000
-Andrew Robertson11/03/199422Hull - 2000
-Kieran Tierney05/06/199719Celtic - 0000
-Shaun Maloney24/01/198333Hull - 0000
-Darren Fletcher01/02/198432West Brom - 2000
-James Morrison25/05/198630West Brom - 0000
-Robert Snodgrass07/09/198729Hull - 2300
-James McArthur07/10/198729Crystal Palace*1100
-James Forrest07/07/199125Celtic - 2000
-Barry Bannan01/12/198926Sheff. Wednesday - 2000
-Matt Ritchie10/09/198927Newcastle - 2000
-Ikechi Anya03/01/198828Derby - 1000
-John McGinn18/10/199421Hibernian - 0000
-Steven Fletcher26/03/198729Sheff. Wednesday - 1100
-Chris Martin04/11/198827Derby - 2100
-Leigh Griffiths20/08/199026Celtic - 1000
-Gordon Strachan09/02/195759 - 2000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Ján Kozák

Date of birth: 17 April 1954
Nationality: Slovak
Playing career: LB Spišská Nová Ves, Lokomotíva Košice (three times), RFC Seraing, FK Dukla Praha
Coaching career: Lokomotíva Košice, MFK Zemplín Michalovce, FC Steel Trans Ličartovce, 1. FC Košice, Slovakia

• A creative midfielder, Kozák spent much of his playing career with local team Lokomotíva Košice, where he had three spells. He returned for the first time in 1982 at the conclusion of his military service in Prague, where he turned out for Dukla.

• A member of the Czechoslovakia squad that finished third at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, beating Italy 9-8 on penalties in the bronze-medal match, he scored nine goals in 55 international appearances. Kozák also travelled to the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but did not feature due to injury.

• Won the Czechoslovak Cup three times and the 1982 league championship with Dukla before retiring in 1990. Moved into coaching several years later and proved an instant success, steering 1. FC Košice to successive titles (1997, 1998) and into the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where, as Slovakia's first ever group stage representative, they lost all six games in a section containing Feyenoord, Juventus and Manchester United FC.

• Left Košice in 1998 but came back for further stints in 2005 and 2012. He stood down in summer 2013, succeeding Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as coach of Slovakia, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C runners-up behind holders Spain. Kozák's side went on to reach the last 16 at the finals in France.

• His son Ján Kozák Jr played in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage for MFK Petržalka, equalising and then creating the winner in a famous 3-2 comeback victory over FC Porto; grandson Filip Lesniak has been at Tottenham Hotspur FC since 2012.



Gordon Strachan

Date of birth: 9 February 1957
Nationality: Scottish
Playing career: Dundee FC, Aberdeen FC, Manchester United FC, Leeds United AFC, Coventry City FC
Coaching career: Coventry City FC, Southampton FC, Celtic FC, Middlesbrough FC, Scotland

• An energetic and talented midfielder, Strachan was capped 50 times by Scotland and helped Aberdeen FC lift the European Cup Winners' Cup under Sir Alex Ferguson. Began in management while still a player at Coventry in November 1996 before ending his on-field career aged 40 to concentrate on coaching, keeping the club in the Premier League until 2001.

• Although sacked early the following season, he was swiftly appointed by Southampton – whom he guided to eighth place in the English top flight in 2002/03 and the 2003 FA Cup final. Strachan stepped down in March 2004 to concentrate on media work.

• Installed as Martin O'Neill's successor at Celtic in summer 2005, Strachan proceeded to win the Scottish Premier League in record time and also lifted the Scottish League Cup in his first campaign. In 2006/07, Celtic triumphed in both league and Scottish Cup, and got past the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time, falling in extra time to eventual winners AC Milan in the last 16.

• Steered the Bhoys to the round of 16 again in 2007/08, this time succumbing to FC Barcelona, and a tremendous late surge took Celtic past Rangers FC to retain the Scottish championship. Stepped down at Celtic in 2009 after failing to defend the league crown.

• After an unsuccessful year with Middlesbrough, was appointed national coach in January 2013, helping reinvigorate a Scotland team that went on to win home and away against Croatia in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying pool, despite failing to make the cut for Brazil; Scotland also missed out on UEFA EURO 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMartin Strömbergsson (SWE)
  • Assistant refereesDaniel Gustavsson (SWE) , Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
  • Fourth officialGlenn Nyberg (SWE)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMichał Listkiewicz (POL)
  • Referee observerFrancesco Bianchi (SUI)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Martin Strömbergsson01/04/1977133

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from 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
23/10/2014UELGSŠK Slovan BratislavaAC Sparta Praha0-3Bratislava
05/08/2015UCL3QRQarabağ FKCeltic FC0-0Baku
27/08/2015UELPOAthletic ClubMŠK Žilina1-0Bilbao

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Slovakia 0-1 England
    0-1 Lallana 90+5
    Kozáčik, Pekarík, Škrtel, Ďurica, Greguš, Hubočan, Hamšík, Švento (78 Kiss), Mak (71 Kubík), Ďuriš, Pečovský (55 Gyömber)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Slovenia 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 Kronaveter 74
    Kozáčik, Ďurica, Greguš, Hrošovský (79 Ďuriš), Pauschek (79 Sabo), Hubočan, Saláta, Hamšík, Švento (79 Holúbek), Kucka, Mak
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Malta 1-5 Scotland
    0-1 Snodgrass 10, 1-1 Effiong 14, 1-2 C. Martin 53, 1-3 Snodgrass 61 (P) , 1-4 S. Fletcher 78, 1-5 Snodgrass 85
    Marshall, Paterson, Robertson, R. Martin, Hanley, Bannan, D. Fletcher, Burke (66 Forrest), C. Martin (69 S. Fletcher), Snodgrass, Ritchie (86 Anya)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Scotland 1-1 Lithuania
    0-1 Černych 59, 1-1 McArthur 89
    Marshall, Paterson, Robertson, R. Martin, Hanley, Bannan, D. Fletcher (46 McArthur), Burke (57 Forrest), C. Martin, Snodgrass, Ritchie (71 Griffiths)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

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


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on