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Maribor dominance continues in Slovenia

Published: Saturday 16 May 2015, 22.58CET
NK Maribor have earned another tilt at the UEFA Champions League after securing a fifth successive Slovene First League title to complete a fine recovery this season.
Maribor dominance continues in Slovenia
Maribor revel in their Slovenian title triumph ©NK Maribor/Taka

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Published: Saturday 16 May 2015, 22.58CET

Maribor dominance continues in Slovenia

NK Maribor have earned another tilt at the UEFA Champions League after securing a fifth successive Slovene First League title to complete a fine recovery this season.

NK Maribor are Slovene First League champions for the fifth successive season and 13th time in all after moving eight points clear with two games remaining.

A 1-0 victory over NK Domžale sealed the title, but they were made to work for it after Daniel Vujcic was sent off just after the hour with the score 0-0. League top scorer Tavares struck soon after though, his 17th of the season, and that proved enough to secure the points.

"Maribor showed again why we are the best in Slovenia and why we are so present in Europe," Ante Šimundža said amid jubilant scenes with over 10,000 supporters. "The stadium gives us the extra energy that we need. The crowd pushed us to this title. It was not easy but it was deserved."

It completes an impressive turnaround for Šimundža's side, who were nine points adrift of leaders Domžale after 16 games of the 36-round season while they juggled UEFA Champions League commitments.

Subject to confirmation from UEFA, Maribor will enter the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.

Last updated: 17/05/15 21.14CET

Results

Slovene First League 2014/15

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 03/06/2015 17:58 CET

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MariborMaribor1-0DomžaleDomžale

Tavares 73

Venue: Maribor

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KoperKoper0-2KrkaKrka

Kastrevec 39, Fucek 63 (P)

Venue: Koper

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Rudar VelenjeRudar Velenje1-2GoricaGorica

Radujko 49

Vetrih 30, Žigon 44

Venue: Velenje

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Olimpija LjubljanaOlimpija Ljubljana1-2CeljeCelje

Šporar 39

Bajde 67, Verbič 77

Venue: Ljubljana

Standings

Slovene First League 2014/15

ClubsPPts
1NK Maribor3475
2NK Celje3467
3NK Domžale3462
4NK Olimpija Ljubljana3458
5NK Zavrč3346
6NK Rudar Velenje3443
7FC Koper3439
8NK Krka3437
9ND Gorica3431
10NK Radomlje3316
Last updated: 03/06/2015 17:58 CET

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