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Slovakia handed the European Champion Spain a shocking defeat in the qualifier last night.
It’s the first defeat that Spain has suffered versus Slovakia in 5 competitive encounters. Out of the last 4, La Roja had won 3 and the other one was a draw.
Now, Slovakia has overtaken Spain in the Group C points table. They have 6 points from 2 games with a goal differential of plus 2.
Nobody had ever thought that Spain, despite playing in front of a huge Slovakian crowd, would walk out as losers at the end of the game. They had been unbeaten in both World Cup as well as Euro qualifiers for the last 8 years and they were expected to extend this run, but, the home team pulled off the unthinkable.
Iker Casillas will have to take a bit of blame again for Spain’s defeat. If it had not been for his misjudgement in the first half of the game, the free kick taken by Kucka, perhaps, would not have shaken the net.
That advantage was, however, nullified by Spain with Paco Alcacer getting one through to the net from close distance, but, Stoch made the hosts get the lead again as he nailed a header just minutes prior to the end of the game.
As the referee blew the end whistle, the arena erupted. The people out there seemed to be enjoying each and every second of that special night and they deserved every bit of it. The way they were behind their team through those 90 minutes, it was mind-blowing.
Spain would think that their main boys did not do enough. Apart from that Casillas’ error, Diego Costa, the man who is flourishing in English top tier this club season, remained scoreless for the 6th successive time at the international level.