The Slovenian under-21 football team lost to their peers from the Czech Republic 1:2 in Monday’s preparatory match in Hradec Králové. The only goal of the Slovenian team was scored in the 22nd minute by midfielder Artur Gajdoš, who tied the match 1:1. Coach Jaroslav Kentoš gave up to twenty players the opportunity to play, only defenders Samuel Bagín and Sebastian Kóša played the entire duel.
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Before the Slovenian team, this was the final preparatory match in the November association term, in which they drew 2:2 with Croatia four days ago in Nitra.
Czech Republic – SLOVAKIA 2:1 (1:1)Goals: 13. Alijagič, 60. Kabongo – 22. Gajdoš. Referees: Musial – Cieply, Gajda (all Poľ.), ŽK: Sejk, Vydra – Shudeiwa, Griger, Bagin
Zostavy a striedania:
Czech Republic: Vágner (46. Kinský) – Koželuh, Endl (64. Kadlec), Prebsl, Suchomel – Icha (64. Kristan), Vydra – Černák (46. Kabongo), Sejk, Višinský (77. Tkáč) – Alijagič
Slovenian: Belko (46. Frühwald) – Gomola (46. Jambor), Bagín, Kóša, Selecký (61. Javorček) – Nebyla (73. Rigo) – Gajdoš (76. Leitner), Shudeiwa (46. Šikula) – Tučný ( 61. Veselovský), Čerepkai (61. Griger), Kaprálik (73. Gaži)
A better start to the match were the small domestic representatives, who took the lead in the 13th minute. With a corner kick, Višinský centered, the ball went to the far post, where Alijagič opened the scoring – 1:0. The same player was close to a goal in the 18th minute, but goalkeeper Belko denied his chance this time. Four minutes later, the Slovenian team equalized. After Tučný won a personal fight in the middle of the pitch, Gajdoš got to the bounced ball and ended the escape with a shot to the corner of Vágner’s goal – 1:1. Tučný and Gajdoš mali at the end of the first half had promising opportunities to score, but they failed to do so.
In the second half, both coaches rushed to start substitutions, but only defensemen Bagin and Kóš from the Slovenian team were credited with full minutes. The Czechs scored a winning goal in the 60th minute, in which, after Vydro’s pass, Kabong went offside, but after the escape beat Frühwald – 2:1. The home team could have added a third goal soon after, but Sejk’s shot from inside the box missed the goal. In the final stretch of the Slovenian team, a promising situation arose after Gaži returned the ball in front of the goal, but could not find a teammate there.