Italian journalist Maurizio Compagnoli has praised Inter defender Milan Skriniar after the center-back scored the winner in Slovakia’s 2-1 victory over Poland at the Euros.

Speaking to Sky Sports this evening, Compagnoli examined the special qualities that make Skriniar not just a solid defensive presence but also a technical asset to his team in possession and a progressive player.

He also noted the player’s tendency to come up with goals at significant moments, highlighted by the crucial winner he scored for his country this afternoon.

Skriniar’s 69th-minute goal broke the deadlock against Poland in match where Slovakia had already been ahead once but were pegged back at the beginning of the second half by Torino’s Karol Linetty.

After Slovakia took the lead through Skriniar they held on against ten-man Poland, with Skriniar’s defensive presence key in preventing Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski from getting on the scoresheet for Poland.

On the Slovakian defender Compagnoli stated:

“He’s not the best to look at, but Skriniar is a defender with great feet absolutely. Before playing for Sampdoria he played as a defensive midfielder most of the time.”

Compagnoli continued: “Then he also scores important goals, like this one as well as the winner against Atalanta for Inter.”