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Thursday, June 23, 2016
World champions Germany powered through the group stage without conceding, but they may not have it so easy when they take on Slovakia at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
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Germany have powered through to the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 without conceding a goal, but are coming up against the last side to beat them – Slovakia, in a pre-EURO friendly.
• The ten meetings between these nations have comprised seven Germany wins, three for Slovakia and no draws.
• In their most recent encounter, Slovakia defeated an inexperienced German side 3-1 in an Augsburg friendly on 29 May. Mario Gomez's penalty gave the hosts the lead, with Marek Hamšík, Michal Ďuriš and Juraj Kucka replying for Slovakia.
• Germany overcame the Slovaks home and away during UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, a 4-1 victory in Bratislava – with Lukas Podolski scoring twice and Bastian Schweinsteiger once – preceding a 2-1 success in Hamburg.
• Those are the only two competitive internationals between the countries, each having also beaten the other 2-0 at home in previous friendlies, with Miroslav Karhan's double against Jürgen Klinsmann's team in September 2005 bringing Slovakia one of their most memorable wins.
EURO facts: Germany
• Germany have not conceded in four games (including three at UEFA EURO 2016) since their pre-tournament reversal against Slovakia.
• Germany have already played at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in this championship, dispatching Ukraine 2-0 in their opening match.
• Die Mannschaft are participating in their 12th successive EURO since missing out on the final tournament as West Germany in 1968, their first attempt.
• EURO winners in 1972, 1980 and 1996 – and three-time runners-up – Germany have failed to make it through the group stage on three occasions, in 1984, 2000 and 2004.
EURO facts: Slovakia
• Slovakia won their only match at the Stade Pierre Mauroy to date, seeing off Russia 2-1 in their second Group B outing at these finals.
• While Slovakia have never before competed at a UEFA European Championship as an independent nation, as part of Czechoslovakia they figured in three four-team final tournaments.
• Czechoslovakia finished third in 1960 and 1980 and lifted the trophy in 1976. Eight of the 11 players who started the '76 final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia.
• Slovakia got to the 2016 finals thanks mainly to wins in their first six Group C qualifiers, a sequence that included a 2-1 home success against Spain – the holders' first qualifying defeat in 36 games and nine years.
Coach and player links
• Former team-mates:
Jonas Hector and Dušan Švento(1. FC Köln, 2014-16)
• Slovak internationals Peter Pekarík (Hertha BSC Berlin) and Švento (1. Köln) played in the Bundesliga during the season just ended, though Švento has since signed for SK Slavia Praha.
• Róbert Mak (1. FC Nürnberg from 2010-14), Adam Nemec (1. FC Kaiserslautern, FC Ingolstadt, 1. FC Union Berlin 2009-15) and Stanislav Šesták (VfL Bochum 1848, 2007-10, 2014-15) also played in Germany.
• Germany striker Gomez will celebrate his 31st birthday on 10 July – the day of the UEFA EURO 2016 final.