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Slovakia undeterred by Dutch

Giant-killers have "nothing to lose" against Holland

By Razwan Mirza.   Last Updated: 26/06/10 4:41pm

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Stoch: Ready to tackle Holland

Stoch: Ready to tackle Holland

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Slovakia are targeting another huge World Cup upset when they face Holland in the last 16 of the competition in Durban on Monday.

The tournament giant-killers, fresh from their amazing 3-2 victory over holders Italy, are revelling in their success and former Chelsea midfielder Mioslav Stoch believes the side have "nothing to lose" against Bert van Marwijk's outfit.

Vladimir Weiss' side went into their final Group F encounter with the Italians bottom of the table, following a draw against New Zealand and defeat against Paraguay.

Needing a win to have any chance of qualifying, The Fighting Jondas produced a formidable performance to advance and now are looking to produce the same kind of result against the much-fancied Dutch.

"We didn't have anything to lose because no one expected us to beat Italy, they had all the pressure," said Stoch.

"It will be similar against the Dutch because they have to win, they are expected to, and the pressure will be on them.

"Whereas we again will have nothing to lose. Nobody expected us to go through then and no one expects us to now."


Head coach Weiss is looking forward to the challenge and is clearly not underestimating the nature of the task ahead.

"The Dutch are a fantastic team," he told reporters.

"They have a lot of players who play in the best club teams in the world, and with good coaches.

"They are one of the favourites in the tournament but you can never know. It is like when we played against Italy, we have a good spirit and we must impress."

Weiss admits he is still struggling to find a fault with the Dutch, but believes his hard-working team will give everything to the cause.

"The favourites are the Dutch, like the Italians were, but you never know," he said, with a smile. "We'll see."

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