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Slovak Press: Russia beat us with one hand

October 12 2005

The night before, Russian team arrived in Bratislava, which today will hold a crucial qualifying match against World Cup team Slovakia. Meanwhile, the Slovak newspaper SME "is trying to not even think about the fact that Slovaks allow misfire in a match with the Russians, and prefers to have to think about the play-offs.

In Slovak football is a historic opportunity. If they lose today, not Russia, they will appear in the play-offs the world championship qualifying tournament in Germany. There, they can wait for the team, which finished second in the other group. It is possible that they will become the Czech Republic. Slovakia in the finals of the European championships or the world has never played.

The decisive match at the stadium Tegelnom "will begin at 20:30 (22:30 GMT). Our players believe that the stadium will be packed to overflowing, and hope for his support. Coach Dusan Galis said that "generation of these young players have not experienced such pressure as mine." He added that the earlier matches with Russia (Soviet Union) have always been considered a derby, in which we as a country of smaller sizes have always wanted to win. "And now it can not be otherwise," - concluded Galis.

Confident and Russian players. In an interview with Slovak media their captain Alexei Smertin hopes to win his team's final game. "We respect the force of Slovakia, but the play-offs we go out. We are better "- he said.

Meanwhile, on Friday a draw play-offs, which will be held on 12 and 16 November. And Therefore, do not cease debate about what criteria will be determined by the team, coming back from among those who scored the same number of points. How and what will happen if screening of stronger and weaker teams from among those who finished in second place. For clarification, we asked the team record holder in Slovakia the number of matches, and now Secretary General of the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) Dusan Tittel.

In Russia, Slovakia drew 1:1. In the second leg we will be a draw, or, as in the UEFA Champions League goal in the away match is for the two?
Yesterday, we sent a request to UEFA, and we came the following answer: in the case of equal points are personal meetings. However, the rule that once a foreign field goal counts as two, does not work. In the case of equality of points will be enough either draw - 0:0, 2:2 or 5:5.

What will be the draw play-offs?

The top two teams from among the runner-up go straight to the World Cup. The rest will be scattered into two baskets - the three best and three weaker ones. They are defined according to the current rating by UEFA.

How much money will get access to the federation for the World Cup?

The amount is not fixed. According to various estimates, we can talk about 3 million euros. 30% of them will be players, and Ionia agree. The amount will go to our bank account only after Germany. Until then we will not see anything.

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