Slovakia edges Andorra 1-0 in Euro 2012 qualifying
Veteran midfielder Miroslav Karhan scored in the second half to
earn Slovakia a narrow 1-0 victory over Andorra in their 2012
European Championship qualifier on Saturday.
Karhan netted from inside the area in the 63rd minute from a
corner by Marek Hamsik. It was the 34-year-old Karhan’s 14th goal
in his 103rd international.
Slovakia was tied on 13 points in the group with second-place
Russia, which beat Armenia 3-1, and Ireland, which defeated
Macedonia 2-0 away to stay top on goals scored.
Andorra was without a point.
”Our attack was terrible,” Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss said.
”When we have so many chances, we have to score more. With so many
star strikers on the pitch, it’s ridiculous that Karhan had to
decide the game.”
Slovakia put the underdogs under pressure from the start but its
three strikers Filip Holosko, Filip Sebo and Robert Vittek
squandered their chances in the first half. Weiss sent Stanislav
Sestak on as the fourth striker in the second half to boost his
attack but it was Karhan who saved his strikers’ blushes.
Slovakia has scored only six goals in its six qualifiers.
Next, Slovakia travels to Ireland on Sept. 2 while Andorra hosts
Slovakia: Marian Kello, Jan Durica, Miroslav Karhan, Marek Cech
(Kornel Salata, 83), Robert Jez, Tomas Hlubocan, Marek Hamsik,
Juraj Kucka (Stanislav Sestak, 46), Filip Sebo, Filip Holosko (Igor
Zofcak, 74), Robert Vittek.
Andorra: Jose Antonio Gomes, Jordi Rubio, Marc Bernaus, Emili
Garcia, Ildefons Lima, Marcio Vieira, Manolo Jimenez (Joaquim
Salvat, 86), Fernando Silva (Sebastian Gomez, 63), Cristian
Martinez, Marc Vales, Josep Ayala (Xavi Andorra, 16).