The weekend’s international matches saw Chelsea winger Miroslav Stoch score his first senior international goal in Slovakia’s 7-0 rout of San Marino, as they stay on course to qualify for the World Cup Finals.
Stoch’s end of season at Chelsea may well have been quiet but he’s been slowly growing into his role in the Slovakian national squad. Back in March he made his debut with back-to-back appearances in a friendly tournament, and impressed enough to be introduced as a substitute in their 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic for his first competitive cap. He was once again named in the party for the visit of San Marino, and wore the number 9 shirt as Vladimir Weiss handed him his first start.
Whilst he started on the right wing, he had license to float around and impact the game as he saw fit – a surprising amount of faith to place in a teenager in his first steps at international level. Regardless of the quality of opposition, he had a good game, and shortly before half time scored his first full international goal, which you can watch below:
He had a chance for another in the second half, finding space to curl an effort, but he was hit as he struck the ball and it went wide. He played 63 minutes before being withdrawn, another impressive international performance added to his resume.