Marek Cech's brace came either side of Peter Pekarik's goal and Miroslav Stoch and Jan Kozak made it 5-0 before half-time, with Martin Jakubko and Lubos Hanzel adding further goals after the break.

Cech wasted no time in getting things started, rifling home from the left-hand side of the area after only three minutes, and Pekarik doubled the advantage nine minutes later.

The home advantage would have been bigger but for two good saves from Aldo Simoncini to deny Kozak and Cech before Robert Vittek missed the target with a header.

But it was only a matter of time until Slovakia scored again, with Cech breaking their resistance when he combined with Vittek before finishing from close range in the 32nd minute.

Three minutes later Vittek set up Stoch to make it 4-0 and Slovakia had their fifth just before half-time as Kozak lashed in from the edge of the area.

The second half opened with Stoch firing narrowly wide before Kozak's long-range effort whistled past the upright to the relief of Simoncini.

There was nothing the goalkeeper could do in the 63rd minute as Pekarik's cross found the head of Martin Jakubko and he finished from close range.

The hosts were not done yet as Hanzel finished a fine individual move with a shot from the edge of the area.

Slovakia then started to pull out the party pieces, with Kozak sending a good volley just over, while Vittek should have done better with a great chance from close range.

However, it would have no bearing on the result as Slovakia go top, moving above Northern Ireland who were in friendly action against Italy tonight.