Slovakia winger Vladimir Weiss has become the first player to score at the European Championships whilst actually playing his club football outside of Europe.
Weiss, 26, scored the opening goal during Slovakia’s 2-1 win over Russia on Wednesday, as he picked up a wonderful ball from Marek Hamsik and cut onto his right and curled the ball into the far corner.
By doing so he became the first player to score at the Euros whilst being based outside of Europe with his club.
Vladimír Weiss is the first player in history to score at the Euros while playing his club football outside Europe. pic.twitter.com/TjDJ8gwu3t
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 15, 2016
Weiss currently plays for Qatar side Al-Gharafa having been based in the country since January 2014 when he left Olympiacos to join Lekhwiya SC.
Weiss used to play for Premier League side Manchester City but he was only able to make one league appearance before he was sold, with a few loan moves inbetween.
Slovakia’s second goal came through Hamsik, who was in turn assisted by Weiss, and despite a late goal from Russia Slovakia held out for the win.
It was the perfect response from Slovakia after they lost their opening game 2-1 against Wales and they are now in a better position to qualify.
They will face England in their final group knowing that a draw may actually be enough in order for them to qualify for the next round.