Slovakia coach Tarkovič fired after home loss to Kazakhstan

June 7, 2022 GMT
FILE - Slovakia's coach Stefan Tarkovic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Finland and Slovakia at Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, Spain, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Tarkovic was fired after his team’s 1-0 home loss to Kazakhstan in the Nations League. The Slovak soccer federation announced the move on Tuesday June 7, 2022, a day after the defeat handed by the opponent which is 125th in FIFA rankings. Slovakia is ranked 45th. (AP Photo/Francisco Macia, File)
FILE - Slovakia's coach Stefan Tarkovic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Finland and Slovakia at Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, Spain, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Tarkovic was fired after his team’s 1-0 home loss to Kazakhstan in the Nations League. The Slovak soccer federation announced the move on Tuesday June 7, 2022, a day after the defeat handed by the opponent which is 125th in FIFA rankings. Slovakia is ranked 45th. (AP Photo/Francisco Macia, File)
FILE - Slovakia's coach Stefan Tarkovic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Finland and Slovakia at Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, Spain, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Tarkovic was fired after his team’s 1-0 home loss to Kazakhstan in the Nations League. The Slovak soccer federation announced the move on Tuesday June 7, 2022, a day after the defeat handed by the opponent which is 125th in FIFA rankings. Slovakia is ranked 45th. (AP Photo/Francisco Macia, File)
FILE - Slovakia's coach Stefan Tarkovic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Finland and Slovakia at Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, Spain, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Tarkovic was fired after his team’s 1-0 home loss to Kazakhstan in the Nations League. The Slovak soccer federation announced the move on Tuesday June 7, 2022, a day after the defeat handed by the opponent which is 125th in FIFA rankings. Slovakia is ranked 45th. (AP Photo/Francisco Macia, File)
FILE - Slovakia's coach Stefan Tarkovic reacts during an international friendly soccer match between Finland and Slovakia at Nueva Condomina stadium in Murcia, Spain, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Tarkovic was fired after his team’s 1-0 home loss to Kazakhstan in the Nations League. The Slovak soccer federation announced the move on Tuesday June 7, 2022, a day after the defeat handed by the opponent which is 125th in FIFA rankings. Slovakia is ranked 45th. (AP Photo/Francisco Macia, File)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia coach Štefan Tarkovič was fired on Tuesday, a day after they lost to lowly Kazakhstan 1-0 at home in the Nations League.

The Slovakian Football Association announced the move. Slovakia is ranked 45th and Kazakhstan 125th.

The first half of the the League C game in Trnava was calamitous for Slovakia. It didn’t register a shot on goal and conceded to midfielder Aslan Darabayev in the 26th minute after a series of defensive blunders.

Tarkovič called the loss “heavy and humiliating.”

Slovakia is second in Group 3 with three points from two games, trailing leader Kazakhstan by three points.

The group winners in the lower leagues gain promotion.

The association said it will replace Tarkovič in the coming months.

His assistants, Samuel Slovák and Marek Mintál, will be in charge for the Nations League games in Azerbaijan on Friday and in Kazakhstan on Monday.

Tarkovič was appointed as the Slovakia coach on a permanent basis in December 2020 after leading the team to its second straight European Championship.

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