Slovakia 3-1 Georgia: Nemec impresses with a brace in Euro 2016 warm up

Slovakia continued preparations for this summer's tournament with a comfortable victory over Georgia.

Slovakia 3-1 Georgia: Nemec impresses with a brace in Euro 2016 warm up
Source: SITA
Slovakia
3 1
Georgia
Slovakia: Mucha (Novota); Gyomber, Salata, Skriniar, Tesak; Pecovsky, Gregus (Svento); Bero (Hrosovsky), Sabo (Sestak), Zrelak; Nemec (Duris).
Georgia: Revishvili; Kakabadze, Kverkvelia, Kashia, Navalovski (Dvali); Qazaishvili (Jighauri), Kvekveskiri, Tchanturishvili (Kenia); Okriashvili, Mchedlidze (Kvilitaia), Kobakhidze (Amisulashvili).
SCORE: 1-0, Nemec, min. 5. 2-0, min. 56, Nemec. 3-0, Zrelak, min. 70. 1-3, Kenia, min. 71.

Jan Kozak's Slovakia side continued their Euro 2016 warm up on Friday with a straightforward victory over Georgia, who will not be at this summer's championships.

They will need to be as prepared as possible for this summer as they face a tough group alongside England, Russia and Wales.

No Captain, No Problem for Slovakia

Slovakia were without their captain, Martin Skrtel, and their talisman, Marek Hamsik, but it didn't take them long to take control of the game, as many expected.

Just five minutes were gone when Matus Bero slid a ball through to Adam Nemec, who cooly finished past the on-rushing Nukri Revishvili to make it 1-0.

As the first half went on, Georgia grew more and more into the game but rarely threatened Jan Mucha in the Slovakia goal. The best effort of the first half for the visitors came just before the 20-minute mark as Aleksandr Kobakhidze's shot from outside the area flew wide of the far post. 

Solomon Kakabadze of Georgia (R) and Slovakia's Adam Zrelak vie for a ball  Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
Solomon Kakabadze of Georgia (R) and Slovakia's Adam Zrelak vie for a ball Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

Slovakia had two chances to double their lead in the final five minutes of the first half but Erik Sabo's shot from distance in the 39th minute was saved comfortably. Sabo then had another opportunity in stoppage time but failed to hit the target.

The lone goal from Nemec was the only real action of the first half, with Slovakia looking comfortable in all three areas of the pitch.

Nemec strikes again

Georgia came out the better of the two teams in the opening minutes of the second half, forcing a good save out of Mucha in the first four minutes. Despite the improved start for Georgia, the hosts would double their lead 11 minutes after the restart thanks to Adam Nemec once again.

The Willem II striker met Lukás Tesák's corner and directed his header into the top corner to make it 2-0 on the day. Slovakia were 3-0 up with 20 minutes left thanks to a great free kick from Adam Zrelak to seemingly put the game to bed.

Georgia would fight back and grab one of their own just a minute after Slovakia's third. Substitute Levan Kenia's great individual effort from outside the box beat subsitute goalkeeper Jan Novota for what would eventually be a consolation.

Lasha Dvali went close to bringing Georgia within one in the last ten minutes, but his header missed the target by a few inches.

Slovakia's 3-1 win is good for their preparation and they will now ready themselves to face the world champions Germany on Sunday. Georgia meanwhile face Romania next Friday, but will not be in action this summer.

Nemec's brace will be the talking point as they will need him to be at his very best to stand any chance of getting out of Group B in the coming weeks.