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Slovakia remain perfect with Luxembourg scalp

Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 23.18CET
Slovakia 3-0 Luxembourg
Ján Kozák's hosts saw off the visitors with a first-half goal surge to maintain their perfect Group C record.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Štadión MŠK Žilina

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Match statistics

SlovakiaLuxembourg

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)59
 
41
Total attempts16
 
4
on target7
 
2
off target4
 
0
blocked5
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed7
 
19
Fouls suffered19
 
7

Standings

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Published: Friday 27 March 2015, 23.18CET

Slovakia remain perfect with Luxembourg scalp

Slovakia 3-0 Luxembourg
Ján Kozák's hosts saw off the visitors with a first-half goal surge to maintain their perfect Group C record.

Group C leaders Slovakia prolong perfect record with victory in Zilina 
• Adam Nemec, Vladimír Weiss and Peter Pekarík goals defeat Luxembourg
Victory maintains three-point cushion over second-placed Spain
Next games: Slovakia v FYR Macedonia, Ukraine v Luxembourg (14 June)

Slovakia marched on in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group C as three first-half goals helped the hosts overpower Luxembourg in Zilina and make it five wins from five.

Coach Ján Kozák sent out an unchanged lineup from the one that triumphed 2-0 at FYR Macedonia in their last competitive outing and they picked up where they left off. Adam Nemec, Vladimír Weiss and Peter Pekarík all found the target in the opening period to extend the Slovaks' perfect record and leave the visitors stuck at the foot of the section.

Nemec, the man who scored Slovakia's second in Skopje, made the breakthrough this time on ten minutes, firing in after Ján Ďurica's rasping shot was repelled. The lead was doubled ten minutes later as Weiss collected a looping ball over the defence, beat his marker and slid low past Jonathan Joubert.

The hosts' pace dropped after that cushion was established and Luxembourg's Maurice Deville had a good opportunity from a corner but goalkeeper Matúš Kozáčik denied him on the line. The Zilina supporters urged Kozák's charges on and Pekarík provided more joy five minutes before the interval. A mazy run ended as he exchanged passes with Tomáš Hubočan before a neat finish inside Joubert's near post.

Luxembourg were out early for the second half but there was little change in pattern as Slovakia continued to dominate. A knock to midfielder Juraj Kucka gave 22-year-old Patrik Hrošovský his first competitive appearance off the bench. A crowd of almost 10,000 continued to roar their side forward and, if the chances dried up somewhat, both fans and team nevertheless left more than satisfied.

Last updated: 02/06/15 3.20CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013919/postmatch/report/index.html#slovakia+remain+perfect

Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

23
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
1
JoubertJonathan Joubert (GK)
2
PekaríkPeter Pekarík
Yellow Card30
Goal40
2
ChanotMaxime Chanot
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel (C)
Yellow Card86
5
SchnellTom Schnell
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
6
PhilippsChris Philipps
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Goal21
Substitution71
7
GersonLars Gerson
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
Substitution80
11
BensiStefano Bensi
Substitution78
11
NemecAdam Nemec
Goal10
13
JoachimAurélien Joachim
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
17
MutschMario Mutsch (C)
Yellow Card62
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
18
JansLaurent Jans
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Substitution59
19
HolterDwayn Holter
Yellow Card47
Substitution51
22
PečovskýViktor Pečovský
21
DevilleMaurice Deville
Yellow Card36
Substitution64

Substitutes

1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
12
MorisAnthony Moris (GK)
12
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
4
VogelBen Vogel
5
MichalíkĽubomír Michalík
8
BohnertFlorian Bohnert
6
GregušJán Greguš
9
Da MotaDaniel Da Mota
Substitution51
8
DudaOndrej Duda
10
PayalBen Payal
Substitution64
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Substitution80
14
LaterzaTom Laterza
Substitution78
13
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
Substitution59
15
MalgetKevin Malget
14
JakubkoMartin Jakubko
22
LuisiAntonio Luisi
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
20
MakRóbert Mak
Substitution71
21
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš

Coach

Ján Kozák (SVK) Luc Holtz (LUX)

Referee

Stephan Studer (SUI)

Assistant referees

Sandro Pozzi (SUI), Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)

Fourth official

Sladan Josipović (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Alain Bieri (SUI), Stephan Klossner (SUI)

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