Stoch features in crucial Slovak win

2 04 2009

stochyWednesday night’s internationals featured the only full international on the prospects list as Chelsea’s Miroslav Stoch came off the bench to take part in Slovakia’s massive 2-1 victory away to neighbours Czech Republic.

Stoch, who was a late addition to the squad on Monday following Slovakia’s debacle at Wembley against England, started the game as a subtitute and watched his team-mates take the lead through Stanislav Sestak in the first half. However, the lead didn’t last long, with Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel putting through his own net to tie the game.

With fifteen minutes left coach Vladimir Weiss introduced Stoch to replace the goalscorer and inject some pace into the game. Five minutes later Erik Jendrisek scored the winner and puts Slovakia into a very strong position to reach their first World Cup Finals as an independent nation.

At Under-21 level, Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan continued his fledgling Scotland career by starting against Albania and completing 67 minutes of an emphatic 5-2 win. Bannan showed great composure and unselfishness when through on goal to square for Chris Maguire to tap into an open goal for Scotland’s second goal.

Finally, Vladimir Weiss and Slovakia’s Under-20s destroyed hosts Italy 4-0 to end the Mirop Cup. Weiss lined up wide in a 3-4-3 formation in a game which clinched the tournament for his team, following a 0-0 draw with Hungary in which he didn’t feature, and a 2-1 victory against Slovenia.

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