Slovakia make most of 'lucky goal'

Published: Wednesday 9 September 2009, 18.40CET
Slovakia 1-0 Cyprus
Jakub Sylvestr capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Cyprus No1 Tasos Kissas to earn Slovakia their second victory in five days.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Bratislava
Slovakia make most of 'lucky goal'
Cyprus defender Kyriakos Pelentritis (right) challenges goalscorer Jakub Sylvetr ©SITA

Match statistics

SlovakiaCyprus

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts8
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners1
 
4
Fouls committed27
 
13

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Published: Wednesday 9 September 2009, 18.40CET

Slovakia make most of 'lucky goal'

Slovakia 1-0 Cyprus
Jakub Sylvestr capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Cyprus No1 Tasos Kissas to earn Slovakia their second victory in five days.

Jakub Sylvestr capitalised on a goalkeeping error from Cyprus No1 Tasos Kissas to earn Slovakia their second victory in five days, enough to propel them to the Group 7 summit.

'Lucky goal'
Sylvestr had been guilty of wasting two good chances in the first half but when Kissas failed to gather Peter Janošík's centre midway through the second period the ŠK Slovan Bratislava forward had the simplest of headers to make it 1-0. "I have never scored such a lucky goal," he said, though it did not matter to the 2,500 fans in Senica as Boris Kitka's side made it seven points from three UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers, six in their last two following Saturday's win in Serbia.

Missed chances
"If somebody had told me a week ago we'd have six points from these two matches I would not have believed them," said Kitka, though he is not entirely happy. "The first half was poor, we were lacking movement in midfield and though we were better after the break we needed a goalkeeping mistake to earn the points." Had Sylvestr made the most of two chances at the end of the first half they may not have needed it, the No9 also denied by Kissas eight minutes from time. His ability to get in the right place at the right time was, however, rewarded.

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Last updated: 09/09/09 19.49CET

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Lineup

Slovakia

Slovakia

Cyprus

Cyprus

1Martin Dúbravka (GK)1Tasos Kissas (GK) (C)
2Erik Čikoš
Yellow Card34'
2Panayiotis Panayiotou
3Peter Jánošík3Angelis Charalambous
Yellow Card22'
Substitution88'
4Marián Jarabica5Kyriakos Pelentritis
5Martin Juhar6Pantelis Pitsillos
6Martin Baran7Costas Markou
Yellow Card31'
7Marek Kuzma
Substitution81'
8Antonis Katsis
Substitution73'
8Roman Gergel
Yellow Card71'
14Andreas Stavrou
9Jakub Sylvestr
Goal68'
15Marios Antoniades
10Erik Grendel (C)
Yellow Card21'
Substitution90'
16Kyriakos Kyriakou
Yellow Card80'
11Miloš Lačný
Substitution46'
20Georgios Tofas
Substitution53'

Substitutes

12Martin Chudý (GK)12Gavriel Constandinou (GK)
13Peter Katona4Kostantinos Zarnas
14Martin Cseh9Christos Xenofontos
Substitution73'
15Timon Dobias10Aggelos Tsiaklis
Substitution88'
16Roman Procházka
Substitution46'
13Andreas Pittaras
Substitution53'
17David Skutka
Substitution90'
17Christos Efthymiou
18Róbert Mak
Substitution81'
19Kastanas Pierakis

Coach

Boris Kitka (SVK) Savvas Paraskevas (CYP)

Referee

Anthony Buttimer (IRL)

Assistant referees

David Wogan (IRL), Allen Lynch (IRL)

Fourth official

Padraigh Sutton (IRL)

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