The Slovak national football team lost on Friday in the group H qualifier match for the 2022 World Cup in Kazan with Russia 0: 1.
Thus, the Slovaks practically lost their chance to advance to the World Championships in Qatar. After the seventh round in the table, they fell to fourth place, losing seven points to the leading duo Croatia-Russia, leaving only nine points in the match.
Only the winner from the group will qualify directly to Qatar to participate in the final tournament, while the second-placed team will compete in the draw. In three days, the Slovaks will play in Osijek, Croatia, against the vice world champion. After this match, the Slovak Republic will close the qualifiers next month, on November 11, the Tarkovic family will host Slovenia in Trnava and three days later will finish the qualifiers in Malta.
Votes after the match (Source: RTVS):
Stefan Tarkovic, coach of the Slovak Republic. “A big disappointment. It was a game that was supposed to take us to the game of progress and we didn’t succeed in that. We did well between the sixteen, we were able to push a well-organised opponent, we created a lot of chances, but we didn’t change them. Football was won. And we lost it at sixteen, we made one mistake and lost. Schranz, Haraslín, shoots from middle distance, it is difficult for the players to blame anything, unfortunately, we did not have enough quality to turn chances into a goal. The odds of progress are slim, it would be a miracle. ”
Russia coach Valery Karpin: “I am only happy with the result. We managed to get the victory we needed. The arrivals had a tough match and achieved what we expected of them. We have to really prepare the players for the next match.”
Lukasz Haraslin, Slovak Republic Pavilion: “Not only me, but we are all disappointed with the result. Today we played a good match, we had more of the game, but we didn’t score the goal we needed. We didn’t deserve to lose. On my first chance I did my best, the goalkeeper was famous for that. In Second, I had a weaker penultimate touch, I missed a little bit and the finish wasn’t good anymore. We didn’t want to fall there today. We need to keep our heads, regenerate well and prepare as best we can for the tough match in Croatia.”
Petr Pekarek, defender of the Slovak Republic: “We wanted to give a better result. We knew what we needed. We didn’t deserve to lose after this session. The stats played in our favour, we had so many great chances, and we’re very sorry. Four big chances, but we didn’t take advantage of them. As long as the opportunity is alive, we will fight and we will fight in the next matches as well.”
Ladislav Almasi, Slovak Republic striker: “I went there to score a goal to dramatize the match. Unfortunately, I failed. I am sorry that we were a better team throughout the match. The first appearance is beautiful, playing the most valuable jersey is beautiful. But the other eye is crying because the Russians were not better and we had to win.”
Milan Shkriniar, defender of the Slovak Republic: “I thought I went down unnecessarily, but I didn’t know if someone was behind me. We failed to connect at the goal there. I don’t even remember when we had so many chances in the match. Unfortunately, we didn’t change them. I’m really looking at my chances.” Go up, and now we have to gather all our strength for the next match in Croatia.”
Ivan Schranz, Slovak Republic striker: “Marek Hamsik gave me the ball there, the defender hesitated and jumped off his leg. I wanted to solve it, I felt like I was tight, and I didn’t do it perfectly. Sometimes you create a lot of chances and the goal doesn’t fall and doesn’t fall.”
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