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New Slovakia coach Tarkovic has taken massive gamble by recalling bad boy Weiss for play-off final

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Slovakia's midfielder Vladimir Weiss (R) dribbles past Russia's forward Alexander Kokorin during the Euro 2016 group B football match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

Slovakia's midfielder Vladimir Weiss (R) dribbles past Russia's forward Alexander Kokorin during the Euro 2016 group B football match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Slovakia's midfielder Vladimir Weiss (R) dribbles past Russia's forward Alexander Kokorin during the Euro 2016 group B football match between Russia and Slovakia at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, near Lille, on June 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUENPHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

There is an old Slovak proverb which, roughly translated, means, 'There are no cakes without work'.

And if this moveable feast happens to be lovingly assembled by the visitors to Belfast on Thursday, then the pragmatism of Stefan Tarkovic will have baked off nicely.


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