Our match prediction:
Germany will be looking to get their revenge on Slovakia for a 3-1 loss in a warm-up match when the two teams take on each other at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on Sunday. Die Manschaft have been impressive at the back at the tournament in France and they will be aiming to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet when they face Jan Kozak’s troops in Villeneuve d’Ascq. Joachim Low’s men missed a number of clear-cut chances to score in a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland and we would not be surprised if they scored more than one goal against Slovakia. The Slovaks played out a goalless draw with England in their final group game, but you should have in mind that the Three Lions had no less than 28 goal attempts Stade Geoffroy-Guichard clash. Anyhow, Germany have been producing fine performances at the tournament in France so far and we predict that they will emerge triumphant in Sunday’s football game.
Highligted Player (Neuer):
Manuel Neuer is a German shoot-stopper who plays for Bayern Munich. Neuer used to play for Schalke in the past and in 2011 he joined their fierce rivals FCB for a fee of €22 million. Some Bayern fans were unhappy about the signing of the Schalke goalkeeper, but they changed their quickly changed their opinions. The 193-cm-tall keeper, who was born on 27 March, 1986 in Gelsenkirchen, has established himself as one of the best shoot-stoppers in the world and, no doubt, he helped Bayern Munich win the 2015/2016 Bundesliga trophy. In 2012/2013 Manuel Neuer and FCB clinched the Champions League trophy as they defeated fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund in the title game. Speaking of his international career, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper won the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany and it has to be noted that he managed to keep a clean sheet in the title game (1-0). Neur’s idol as a child was Jens Lehman, who played for Germany as a goalkeeper as well.
Highlighted Team (Slovakia):
Slovakia only appeared on the international stage in 1993 as Czechoslovakia fell apart, and the new national team have yet to record a result worth mention. Repre have only qualified for two major tournaments so far, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2016, but the current generation definitely seem capable of improving the team’s profile in years to come. Slovakia currently have quite a few players plying their trade in some of Europe’s top sides, with Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel and Juraj Kucka clearly the leaders of the national team at the moment, but they do struggle in some areas and are not exactly world beaters just yet. Under Vladimir Weiss and Jan Kozak, Slovakia have become a tough not to crack, relying on rock-solid back line and swift counter-attacks, and they even gave Spain a tough time during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek are the most capped player and top goalscorer respectively, with Robert Vittek another player worth the mention.