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Jun 14, 2015 at 7.45pm UK
N. MacedoniaNorth Macedonia
Salata (8'), Hamsik (38')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Ademi (69')
Hasani (84')

Result: Slovakia maintain perfect record after Macedonia win

Slovakia nearrowly beat Macedonia to maintain their 100% Euro 2016 qualifying record at the top of Group C.

Slovakia have extended their perfect Euro 2016 qualifiying record with victory over Macedonia in Bratislava.

First-half goals from Kornel Salata and Napoli's Marek Hamsik set the hosts on their way to a sixth consecutive win as they march towards a place in next year's finals in France.

Slovakia's players celebrate the 2-0 goal during the Euro 2016 Group C qualifying football match Slovakia vs FYR Macedonia in Zilina, Slovakia on June 14, 2015© Getty Images

Salata gave the hosts the lead inside eight minutes as Macedonia failed to clear Vladimir Weiss's free kick before the SK Slovan Bratislava player headed the ball beyond the reach of a stranded Tome Pacovski.

The Slovakians then doubled their lead seven minutes before the break as Hamsik raced into the area before beating Pacovski at his near post.

Hamsik almost scored a third within seconds of the restart as he forced a save out of the Macedonia keeper as the home side looked to seal victory.

The visitors pulled a goal back midway through the second period after Slovakia were unable to clear from a corner before Arijan Ademi slotted home from close range.

However, any hope of rescuing a point was all but ended as Ferhan Hasani was sent off six minutes from time as the hosts held on for their sixth win in as many qualifiers to remain three points of Spain, who earned a hard-fought victory away to Belarus.

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Slovakia's players celebrate after scoring during the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Belarus and Slovakia in Borisov some 100 km from Minsk on October 12, 2014
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