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Slovakia star David Hancko will be hoping for a huge result on the pitch today but knows he has already won off it.
The Sparta Prague defender will face Robert Lewandowski at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg in the biggest test of his career.
It comes as Slovakia take on Poland in their Euro 2020 in a group that they can dream of qualification in.
With Spain and Sweden also to play, the Repre are the least likely to make it through to the knockout stage.
But that will not stop them from clinging to hope and Hancko will play a major part of that, if he can keep Lewandowski quiet – probably the world's hottest striker right now.
The 23-year-old, who can play at left-back and centre-back, has spent three years in Czech Republic, initially signing for Sparta Prague on loan from Fiorentina before it was made permanent this summer.
And while in the country's capital, that is where he has met his sport star girlfriend Krystina Pliskova.
The 29-year-old is a professional tennis player and her biggest claim to fame is being the twin sister of Karolina, a former world No. 1.
She also currently holds the record for the most aces in a match on the WTA Tour. It comes after she completed 31 against Monica Puig at the Australia Open in 2016.
Her highest career singles ranking came in July 2017 when she reached No. 35 but she's now slipped down somewhat to 44.
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Pliskova started dating Hancko last March just before the coronavirus ravaged Europe as the two cosied up during an international lockdown.
And she could be in Russia cheering her boyfriend on as Slovakia take on Poland, while her nation Czech Republic take on Scotland in their Euro 2020 opener.
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