2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Slovakia duo leave with heads held high

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Day 18 proved to be the last hurrah for the Slovakian duo looking to stake their claims for the Hyundai Best Young Player Award. As they head home after a tournament to be proud of, FIFA.com looks back at their performances in Durban.

Vladimir Weiss: The Manchester City star was left out of the historic victory over world champions Italy – a huge surprise given the way he had performed against New Zealand and Paraguay - but was back to play the full 90 minutes against the Netherlands. Weiss started out in a central midfield role, not his favourite position, but was still one of the more dangerous Slovakian midfielders on show in Durban, despite not managing a shot on target. The 20-year-old ran his heart out as Slovakia tried to find a way past the Netherlands, covering over 10,000m, but he continually found the experienced Dutch captain Giovanni Van Bronckhorst blocking his way.

Miroslav Stoch:Like his team-mate Weiss, Stoch was handed a full 90 minutes in Durban and provided energy and occasional inspiration as the Slovakians searched for a breakthrough against a stubborn Dutch defence. The 20-year-old was initially employed on the right side of midfield, as he had been against Italy, but was switched to his favoured left side midway through the first half. Stoch tested *Oranje *goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenberg in the 67th minute, cutting inside two men and unleashing a powerful right-footed shot, but the Dutch keeper did brilliantly well to tip over. The statistics show that Stoch covered 10,000m and completed 29 out of 43 passes.

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