Rodák's International Heroics

Thursday 13 September 2018 16:19

Marek Rodák scored a dramatic stoppage time winner for Slovakia Under-21s in their 3-2 Euro 2019 qualification win over Iceland Under-21s. 

Slovakia led for the large part of the game until Iceland levelled late on. Rodák performed a once in a lifetime feat for any goalkeeper and headed home a stoppage time winner from a corner. 

The win puts Slovakia in second place, behind Spain, in Group B of qualification. The process means that only four of the nine second placed teams from each group qualify for a play-off due to a superior points tally. 

The goal was something the on-loan Rotherham 'keeper was delighted with. 

"It was a little bit of a different feeling – but obviously it was fantastic for me and all the team to score," he told "Saving a penalty is nice but it is a little bit of a different feeling when you score.

“It was a special moment and it could be up there with my favourite moment in a Slovakia shirt. You never know what might happen, I could score again later in my career!

“You want to qualify for the Euros, we need the points to finish second and qualify for the play-offs. So, the coach said go for it, see what you can do, I placed the header well."

Even if Slovakia narrowly miss out on qualification, having International experience is crucial for the young stopper.

"I went with the National team last year but I didn’t play, so to go to these Euros and play would be fantastic. We need to win the first game before we worry about the Northern Ireland game, but that could be a crucial one, they are a massive two games.

“It is a bit different on International duty as you have a different programme to the clubs. It’s a good experience to go away to different places and play different players and represent your country.

“I was called up to the first team in the summer, but if I keep performing well in the U21s I could be there again.”