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Soccer-Slovakia beat Malta 3-0 to keep playoff hopes alive
October 8, 2017 / 6:50 PM / in 14 days

Soccer-Slovakia beat Malta 3-0 to keep playoff hopes alive

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Slovakia put themselves in contention for a World Cup playoff spot by beating Malta 3-0 in their final Group F game on Sunday but must now wait for other results to discover their fate.

The home side pipped Scotland for second place behind group winners England after the Scots could only draw 2-2 away to Slovenia. Both teams finished on 18 points but Slovakia have a superior goal difference.

The Slovaks spent most of the night in Malta’s half and were rarely troubled as the visitors failed to register a single shot on target.

Adam Nemec grabbed his first goal in the opening half and his second in the 62nd minute, when Milan Skriniar took the ball from a defender and played it to Nemec, who took one touch and slotted a left-foot shot into the net.

Jan Kozak’s side kept the pressure up and Ondrej Duda made it 3-0 seven minutes later after lunging past a defender with an outstretched leg to finish from Albert Rusnak’s cross.

Slovakia last qualified for the World Cup in 2010, marking their only appearance at the tournament since splitting from the Czech Republic in 1993. (Reporting by Michael Kahn in Prague; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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