Inter defender Milan Skriniar has been keeping his spirits high despite suffering a late defeat with Slovakia against Croatia in a World Cup qualifier, according to a report in the Croatian media.

Speaking after the match on Saturday night to Croatian newspaper Sportske, Milan Skriniar explained that his Slovakia team were very unlucky in the game and on another day they could have come away with all three points.

“We gave everything for this match, and then an unfortunate episode led us to defeat, we should have had a bit of luck.

“If we play like this in the remainder of the qualifiers, I think the fans will be happy to come and look at us. We also lacked luck in the chances we created.”

He feels that in future games if they continue to play the same way as they have been, the opportunity for qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is still a possibility.

“If we do well as in the second half with the Slovenia and in the match against Croatia, we can still hold the door open and believe in it.”

In a cruel twist of fate for Milan Skriniar, it was his Inter teammate, Marcelo Brozovic who scored the goal in the 86th minute that snatched all three points for the Croatian National Team.

Slovakia are now fourth in the qualifying group, four points behind the Croatians who occupy the second qualification spot.