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Slovak Under-21's draw against Romania

The Under-21 Slovak national football team maintained their position atop their group standings September 4 when they played to a scoreless draw against Romania in front of 5,353 spectators at ŠKP Stadium in Dubrávka. With one game remaining, Slovakia is in first place with 14 points, followed by Romania (12 points), Portugal (11), Azerbaijan (4) and Hungary (3).
The top two finishers in their group will advance to the Under-21 European championships next year. Slovakia's last game in the group qualification round will be played in October at Azerbaijan, whom they defeated 2 - 1 in their first match.


Romanian Gheorghe Hagi (front) was his usual brilliant best against Slovakia.
photo: TASR

The Under-21 Slovak national football team maintained their position atop their group standings September 4 when they played to a scoreless draw against Romania in front of 5,353 spectators at ŠKP Stadium in Dubrávka. With one game remaining, Slovakia is in first place with 14 points, followed by Romania (12 points), Portugal (11), Azerbaijan (4) and Hungary (3).

The top two finishers in their group will advance to the Under-21 European championships next year. Slovakia's last game in the group qualification round will be played in October at Azerbaijan, whom they defeated 2 - 1 in their first match.

Slovakia eliminated from European Championships

The Slovak national football team was humiliated by Romania September 4 at Slovan Stadium in Bratislava, in a match they had to win to maintain their hopes of a berth in the European Championships in 2000. The home side's hopes were dashed when the Romanians posted five goals in a 5 to 1 thrashing.

The Romanians were led by World Cup 1998 star Gheorghe Hagi, who scored in the 22nd minute on a deflected penalty kick to break a 1 - 1 deadlock and give the Romanians the lead for good. Romanian striker Viorel Moldovan scored two goals in the game's last three minutes to cap the victory.

The loss officially eliminated any chance the Slovaks might have had to qualify for the 2000 tournament - they can now finish no higher than third in their group behind Romania and Portugal. Slovakia managed to beat Liechtenstein 2 - 0 on September 8, solidifying their grip on third place. The last match for the national team pits them against Azerbaijan on October 9.

Compiled by Chris Togneri

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