Martin Skrtel today spoke of his bitter disappointment after Slovakia blew the chance to open their first World Cup with a victory.
Slovakia looked like collecting three points against New Zealand following Robert Vittek's 49th minute opener until Winston Reid popped up with a deserved leveller deep into injury-time.
Skrtel and co now have to pick themselves up ahead of Saturday's encounter with Paraguay.
"Obviously we are very disappointed. They had maybe two clear chances and they scored with the final whistle," he said.
"Unfortunately it was the same thing as against Cameroon (a World Cup warm-up which also ended 1-1). We didn't give them a lot of space. It was not an excellent performance but this is how you play in the World Cup. It is the result that counts.
"It would have been a huge step forward but we didn´t manage to hold on to three points. Nothing is lost though.
"It hurts today but we have two more matches to play in our group. We were very disappointed but, as I said, we have to go on."