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One of the latest 2016 Euro’s qualifying matches that the Slovakia national football team played was against Spain as both national squads faced off in a match with the top spot of Group C in jeopardy. Surprisingly enough, it was Spain the team that fell apart and lost the match with a final scoreboard of 2-1.
Juraj Kucka scored the opening goal of the match which gave Slovakia the early lead at the 17th minute but Paco Alcacer equalized the match at the 82nd minute but the hosts managed to restore their lead and a late goal from Miroslav Stoch was enough for Slovakia to claim the unforeseen victory for his team.
The head coach of Slovakia, Jan Kozak could not contain his excitement concerning Slovakia’s victory over Spain. Spain is considered to be one of the best national teams in the world with a star studded squad which has well known and worldwide recognized players such as: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Juan Mata and many others.
Even with all of those big name players in the Spanish squad, Spain endured a disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign and they still seem to be struggling after losing against Slovakia.
“I am thrilled. We put in a fantastic performance in front of a full stadium. I hope we pleased our fans. This win is very precious. Spain has not lost a qualifier in eight years. Our players put in a very brave performance. We fought very hard and gave our best, especially at the back’’
“All the boys made a fantastic effort and played until the final whistle. People will say Spain underestimated us, but that is not true. We made Spain put maximum effort into the game’’ Slovakia’s Jan Kozak said.
Slovakia are now currently lying at the top of Group C with 9 points meanwhile Spain are following closely behind with 6 points collected so far.
Now that Angel Di Maria’s transfer to Manchester United has been completed, rumors have started pouring down involving Radamel Falcao with a move to Real Madrid as the Spanish side could use that cash injection to sign Falcao from As.Monaco.
Ac.Milan is another club that is being linked with Falcao as the Italian club sold Mario Balotelli to Liverpool and now they are looking around in the transfer market for possible replacements.
Arsene Wenger is also keen on signing an experienced attacker with a player that can perform alongside Olivier Giroud and Radamel Falcao is a top target for Arsenal. The Frenchman Olivier Giroud will be unavailable to play for around 3 months after fracturing his foot and now Wenger is scouting for players that can fill in the gap of Giroud.
As you can see, there are a number of clubs which are interested in signing the Colombian forward of As.Monaco but Real Madrid has an edge as they have the biggest budget available to spend and this could be the edge that the club needs to sign the highly rated attacker.
Radamel Falcao made a name for himself a few years ago when he performed as a player of Athletic Madrid where he managed to score 52 goals in 2 seasons for the Spanish club but ever since signing with As.Monaco, the Colombian has struggled trying to replicate his form. He has been troubled with a series of injuries but he is still far from being the same player he was some years ago.
If he continues struggling to score goals and display performances like he did back with Athletic Madrid, then As.Monaco could be willing to accept an offer for him and taking into consideration that Real Madrid are not afraid to splash out huge sums of money for their targets it could very well mean that Falcao might join Real Madrid maybe not in this season but in the near future.