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Slovakia Players Enjoy Boot-Banging Celebration After Victory Over Poland

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Slovakia Players Enjoy Boot-Banging Celebration After Victory Over Poland

Slovakia players enjoyed a wholesome celebration in their changing room following the 2-1 win against Poland on Monday evening.

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Slovakia caused the first big upset of Euro 2020 when Milan Skriniar's second-half strike earned them all three points against their Group E rivals.

They took the lead in the first half through Wojciech Szczesny's own goal, which continued his curse at the Euros, before Karol Linetty equalised mere seconds after the half-time break.

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Poland would have been expected to go on to win from there but Grzegorz Krychowiak's 62nd-minute red card pushed the momentum back in Slovakia's favour.

Skriniar's brilliant finish, following a corner, just seven minutes later was all Stefan Tarkovic's team needed to win the game.

After full time the Slovakia players, who reached the last 16 of their Euros debut four years ago, took to the changing room to take part in a boot banging celebration.

Players climbed on benches, sang and danced around as, presumably, Slovak folk music played over their speakers, a good time was had by all.

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Asked about the Krychowiak sending off, Poland manager Paulo Sousa said: "I'm not a coach who will crucify a player.

"We need to support him and be united with him. We need to have optimism: we still have six points to work for."

The Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder will now miss the team's next game, against Spain on Saturday night, but will be able to return for the final group game against Sweden, a week on Wednesday.

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Krychowiak gets his marching orders. Image: PA Images
Krychowiak gets his marching orders. Image: PA Images

Slovakia may have won, and kept Robert Lewandowski quiet after his record breaking season for Bayern Munich, but Tarkovic claimed the result wasn't important.

He said: "It wasn't really about the result today, it was about showing what we are capable of: that our players can play really top-quality football."

The win may already be enough to take them further into the tournament, but they'll be looking to play just as well in their next matches.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter

Topics: Football, Euro 2020, Serie A, Inter Milan

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