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Domžale thrilled to win maiden Slovenian Cup

Published: Wednesday 25 May 2011, 23.01CET
NK Domžale coach Darko Birjukov reflected on "a really nice celebration of football" after his side beat champions NK Maribor 4-3 in Ljubljana to win their first Slovenian Cup.
by Rok Šinkovc
from Ljubljana
Domžale thrilled to win maiden Slovenian Cup
Domžale celebrate winning their first Slovenian Cup ©NZS
Published: Wednesday 25 May 2011, 23.01CET

Domžale thrilled to win maiden Slovenian Cup

NK Domžale coach Darko Birjukov reflected on "a really nice celebration of football" after his side beat champions NK Maribor 4-3 in Ljubljana to win their first Slovenian Cup.

NK Domžale overcame league champions NK Maribor 4-3 in Ljubljana to win their first Slovenian Cup, avenging their 3-2 defeat by the same opponents in last season's decider.

Željko Filipović opened the scoring for Maribor, but Juninho, Damir Pekič and Mate Šimunović replied for Domžale either side of a missed Pekič spot kick to make it 3-1 six minutes after the interval. One of Slovenia's most exciting young players, Robert Berič, reduced the deficit and Dejan Mezga equalised from the penalty spot on 63 minutes. All seemed lost for Domžale when Dalibor Teinovič was dismissed for a second bookable offence but Pekič saved the day, hitting the winner 11 minutes from time.

Domžale coach Darko Birjukov said: "It was a really nice celebration of football from the country's two best teams. The Slovenian Cup was the only trophy missing from the Domžale cabinet and I'm glad we finally won it under my leadership." Maribor coach Darko Milanič added: "I'm proud of these young guys who unfortunately did not have the luck and lost the trophy. The match gives us renewed strength for the new season."

Last updated: 26/05/11 15.05CET

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