It was a very disappointing evening for Martin Dubravka and Slovakia in Croatia for their 2020 Euro Qualifier. After taking a surprise 0-1 lead into the half on a 32nd-minute goal by Robert Bozenik, it was all Croatia in the second half to seal Group E with a 3-1 win.
A 56th-minute goal by former Newcastle target Nikola Vlasic started the comeback, though it was coming for some time. Martin Dubravka just couldn’t get his hand on the ball and was beaten on the long-range effort.
— CroatianSports (@CroatianSoccer) November 16, 2019
The second goal for Croatia came soon after on a 60th-minute corner. There was nothing Martin could do on the header by Bruno Petkovic, who had it far too comfortable in front of the net.
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Then to make matters even worse for Slovakia, left-winger Robert Mak was sent off after receiving a second yellow in the 66th minute. Ivan Perisic added a third goal for Croatia in the 74th minute as Slovakia’s collapse was complete.
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This was a match Slovakia truly needed something from. They now fall to 4th place in Group E on 10 points and will need to defeat Azerbaijan in Slovakia on Tuesday night. Not only must they win, but they have to hope that Wales and Hungary draw when they face each other in Wales on Tuesday.