Tue, 27 Oct 2020

BRATISLAVA, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Slovak Football Union has terminated the contract of Pavel Hapal, the Czech-born head coach of the Slovakia national team.

The decision came after Wednesday's 3-2 UEFA Nations League loss to Israel in which the Slovaks conceded three goals in quick succession in the second half.

Hapal was not able to coach his team on Wednesday because of a positive COVID-19 test and received the news of being released from his post via a telephone call.

"Despite advancing to the play-off finals of the European Qualifiers that await the national team in November, we have evaluated the recent results in the UEFA Nations League match-ups and also the players' performance in the October fixtures as insufficient and not meeting the rightful expectations of all the professionals, nor the public," stated the Slovak Football Union in an official statement.

51-year-old Hapal took over Slovakia's squad two years ago and led the team to a total of six victories, four draws, and seven defeats.

Three years prior, Hapal was head coach of Slovakia's U-21 team which he led to the finals of the 2017 U-21 European Championship.

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