After a good performance against Ireland on Friday last week that ended in a 0-0 draw, Slovakia’s national football team were subjected to a shameful defeat against Armenia last night in Group B of the EURO 2012 qualification round.
Although the Slovak team started the match well, the second half would prove disastrous with the Slovaks eventually losing 0-4 at home against the Armenian underdogs. The Armenian team is ranked 71st in the FIFA world rankings, while Slovakia enjoys 26th place, but even so, the Armenians won also the first encounter 3-1.
After the first goal by Movsisyan in the 57th minute, the Slovaks started panicking and trying to get a goal back. This opened up their defence, which the Armenians then made clockwork use of with another three goals in the 70th, 80th and 90th minutes.
Slovakia’s campaign was looking good until last night, but now it has an uphill struggle as it has to get a win against Russia, which is never an easy task. After the match coach Vladimir Weiss lamented: “I assume responsibility for the loss myself. I should have let fresh players play and not those who played the full ninety minutes against Ireland. The group is wide open, and if we win the next two matches then we can dream of the playoffs. If not, we are out of EURO 2012”.
Group B as it stands now
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