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Euro 2020: Slovakia sack coach Hapal ahead of NI decider

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Pavel Hapal was named Slovakia manager in October 2018

Slovakia have sacked manager Pavel Hapal just five days after beating the Republic of Ireland in Sunday’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final.

Hapal led Slovakia to the final after defeating Stephen Kenny’s side on penalties in Bratislava.

Northern Ireland are set to host the decider on 12 November at Windsor Park for a spot at the Euro 2020 finals.

The former Czech Republic striker missed Wednesday’s defeat by Israel after testing positive for Covid-19.

Despite the victory over the Republic, Slovakia are winless in their four Nations League matches, with their only point coming against Israel in September.

A loss away to Scotland and a late 3-2 defeat at home to Israel were the final straw for the Slovakian FA, which has dismissed Hapal and his assistant Otto Brunegraf.



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