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Slovakia survive scare to seal place at EURO 2016

Published: Monday 12 October 2015, 22.40CET
Luxembourg 2-4 Slovakia
Ján Kozák's men ended a run of nearly six hours without a goal to reach their first EURO as an independent nation – but not without a fright.

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Match statistics

LuxembourgSlovakia

Goals scored2
 
4
Possession (%)46
 
54
Total attempts13
 
19
on target7
 
7
off target5
 
8
blocked1
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides1
 
7
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
19
Fouls suffered19
 
15

Standings

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Monday 12 October 2015, 22.40CET

Slovakia survive scare to seal place at EURO 2016

Luxembourg 2-4 Slovakia
Ján Kozák's men ended a run of nearly six hours without a goal to reach their first EURO as an independent nation – but not without a fright.

  • Slovakia finish second in Group C and qualify for first EURO as independent nation
  • First win in four means they beat Ukraine to second behind Spain
  • Slovakia end 345 minutes without a goal by scoring three in seven first-half minutes
  • Luxembourg net twice in five minutes midway through the second period
  • As part of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia won the 1976 EURO

Slovakia hit three goals in seven first-half minutes against Luxembourg to clinch progress to their first UEFA European Championship as an independent nation, though only after an almighty scare.

Ján Kozák's team began the night without a goal in over five hours but Marek Hamšík broke the deadlock midway through the first period and the dam of relief burst. Adam Nemec and Róbert Mak quickly made it 3-0 as Vladimír Weiss completed a hat-trick of assists.

That seemed to be that, only for Luxembourg to storm back in the second half. Slovakia just about hung on, and Hamšík sealed it on the counter in added time.

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Slovakia celebrate in Luxembourg

The visitors had also looked far from assured in the opening exchanges but Hamšík took the game by the scruff of the neck. Collecting Weiss's pass on the turn, he stepped inside his marker with his right foot and lashed the ball in with his left. After stuttering recent form, the Slovak shackles were broken.

It was soon 2-0 as Weiss broke on the right and sent in a low cross that Nemec tapped in. Barely 60 seconds later it was three in mirror-image fashion as Weiss, on the left this time, teed up Mak. It appeared that Luxembourg would be overrun but they shored up and, just after the hour, launched a shuddering counteroffensive.

Captain Mario Mutsch pulled one back with a speculative deflected effort, then came a penalty converted by the assured Lars Gerson. The Slovakia bench was less calm, even with rivals Ukraine trailing Spain. Hamšík got them over the line, but perhaps not as they had imagined.

Last updated: 14/10/15 0.03CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014057/postmatch/report/index.html#slovakia+qualify+france

Lineups

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Slovakia

Slovakia

1
JoubertJonathan Joubert (GK)
23
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
2
ChanotMaxime Chanot
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel (C)
Yellow Card90+4
4
DelgadoRicardo Delgado
Substitution81
5
GyömberNorbert Gyömber
6
PhilippsChris Philipps
Yellow Card20
7
WeissVladimír Weiss
Substitution72
7
GersonLars Gerson
Goal65
11
NemecAdam Nemec
Goal29
Substitution79
8
C. MartinsChristopher Martins
15
HubočanTomáš Hubočan
10
PayalBen Payal
Yellow Card49
Substitution57
17
HamšíkMarek Hamšík
Goal24
Goal90+1
11
BensiStefano Bensi
Substitution66
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
13
JoachimAurélien Joachim
19
KuckaJuraj Kucka
Yellow Card65
17
MutschMario Mutsch (C)
Yellow Card9
Goal61
20
MakRóbert Mak
Goal30
Substitution87
18
JansLaurent Jans
Yellow Card63
22
PečovskýViktor Pečovský

Substitutes

23
AmodioAndrea Amodio (GK)
1
MuchaJán Mucha (GK)
12
MorisAnthony Moris (GK)
12
NovotaJán Novota (GK)
3
JänischMathias Jänisch
2
TesákLukáš Tesák
5
SchnellTom Schnell
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
14
MalgetKevin Malget
Substitution57
6
GregušJán Greguš
15
MartinoMassimo Martino
8
SaboErik Sabo
Substitution87
16
S. ThillSébastien Thill
Substitution66
9
ŠestákStanislav Šesták
Substitution72
Yellow Card84
20
TurpelDavid Turpel
Substitution81
10
StochMiroslav Stoch
21
DevilleMaurice Deville
13
HrošovskýPatrik Hrošovský
22
LuisiAntonio Luisi
14
JakubkoMartin Jakubko
Substitution79
16
SalátaKornel Saláta
21
ĎurišMichal Ďuriš

Coach

Luc Holtz (LUX) Ján Kozák (SVK)

Referee

Oliver Drachta (AUT)

Assistant referees

Roland Brandner (AUT), Stefan Kuehr (AUT)

Fourth official

Roland Riedel (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel Schuettengruber (AUT), Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution