Slovakia U21 3 -0 Sweden U21
SLOVAKIA gave themselves a great chance of making the European Under 21 Championship semi-finals after thumping the defending champions.
Martin Chrien, Jaroslav Mihalik and L’ubo Satka scored the goals that took their points tally to six to finish behind England in Group A.
Slovakia went ahead in the first minute when Peter Mazan fired over a high ball from the left to the back post where Chrien stole in front of his marker to head home from close range.
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Slovakia were highly very impressive in the first half, much better than defending champions Sweden, who did not show a lot in the opening 45 minutes.
And they went further ahead in the 22nd minute through Mihalik, who drilled home after Adam Zrelak just missed out on a low centre.
Sweden finally got a decent effort on target after 33 minutes when Pawel Cibicki delivered a first-time effort on goal.
But Slovakia keeper Vlasamir Chovan dropped smartly to his left to push the ball away.
Four minutes before the break Mihalík’s cross from the left found Matus Bero, whose glancing header was just wide.
The third Slovakian goal came after 73 minutes.
The Swedish defence only half-cleared a cross, Satka latched on to the loose ball to find Bero, who returned the compliment for Satka to angle a low shot across Cajtoft and into the bottom corner.
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