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Slovakia round-up: Spartak maintain record

Published: Saturday 10 August 2002, 21.04CET
FC Spartak Trnava moved to the top of the 1. Liga with a 2-1 victory over AŠK Inter Bratislava.

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Published: Saturday 10 August 2002, 21.04CET

Slovakia round-up: Spartak maintain record

FC Spartak Trnava moved to the top of the 1. Liga with a 2-1 victory over AŠK Inter Bratislava.

FC Spartak Trnava moved to the top of the 1. Liga table when they beat AŠK Inter Bratislava 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten record.

Halenar opener
Inter went ahead in the eleventh minute when Juraj Halenar opened the scoring, but Miroslav Kriss struck back three minutes later to equalise. Kriss grabbed his and his team's second just before half-time and that proved to be enough to put Spartak a point clear of MŠK Zilina at the top of the table, giving them a record of three wins and two draws from their opening five games of the season.

Košice held
The only other team not to have been defeated this term are 1. FC Košice, who recorded their fourth draw to end Zilina's time at the top of the table. Zilina led Spartak by two points at the start of the day, and looked on course to stay in the lead when Vladimír Stas opened the scoring in the 41st minute. The scoreline remained 1-0 until Košice striker Roman Lazúr equalised in the 61st minute, and the two sides remained deadlocked for 26 minutes.

Kozák equaliser
Just as a draw appeared inevitable Stas popped up to put Zilina ahead and seemingly guaranteed their fourth win of the season. But there was yet another shock to come and Ján Kozák's 88th-minute equaliser added a final twist and altered the appearance at the top of the table.

Vittek double
ŠK Slovan Bratislava moved to within two points of Zilina by beating FK ZTS Dubnica 2-1 at home, courtesy of two second-half goals by Róbert Vittek. Peter Dolezaj scored for the visitors with a marvellous strike from 25 metres, but Slovan came out in determined mood after half-time and soon equalised through Vittek. The goal lifted Slovan and they increased their dominance of the game, ultimately leading to Vittek's second in the 87th minute - a header from just eight metres after a free-kick by Norbert Hrncár.

Defeat for Ruzomberok
With other results going their way, MŠK Ruzomberok could have moved into second place with a win at home against FC Artmedia Petrzalka, but they went down 2-1 and remain in fourth place. Ladislav Suchánek scored first for Petrzalka and the visitors held that lead until the 52nd minute when Marian Kurty equalised for Ruzomberok. The winner came in the 76th minute from Marián Bednár, as the defender headed in a right-wing cross from Miroslav Bédi.

Púchov leave it late
In today's other match, ŠKM Púchov beat bottom club FK Laugaricio Trencín 2-1 after trailing for almost the entire first half. Vaclav Spal scored the first goal after just five minutes and Trencín were generally the better team in the opening period. After half-time Púchov were in a more assertive mood and they got their reward in the 56th minute when Pavol Vavrik equalised from the penalty spot. Mário Breska proved to be the hero for Púchov in the 84th minute, as he blasted in the winner from close range.

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