Jefferson Farfan and Raul were on the scoresheet as Schalke recovered from a goal down to ease past Freiburg 4-2 at home and give interim head coach Josef Eichkorn a win on his debut.
Slovakia may have lost in the Round of 16, but coach Vladimir Weiss, his namesake and son, and goalkeeper Jan Mucha were very proud of their campaign.
Slovakia may have been left devastated by a late New Zealand equaliser in their South Africa 2010 opener but the central Europeans have taken heart from their performance.
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Schalke have signed Slovakia international striker Erik Jendrisek from Kaiserslautern, with the 23-year-old will joining on a three-year deal.