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Maribor take two-goal lead to Luxembourg

Published: Tuesday 12 July 2011, 22.10CET
NK Maribor 2-0 F91 Dudelange
Two goals in nine first-half minutes from Arghus and Agim Ibraimi gave NK Maribor the upper hand going into the second leg against F91 Dudelange.
by Rok Sinkovc
from Stadion Ljudski vrt
Maribor take two-goal lead to Luxembourg
Darko Milanič guided his Maribor side to a 2-0 victory against Dudelange ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MariborDudelange

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
8
Corners6
 
5
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed6
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 July 2011, 22.10CET

Maribor take two-goal lead to Luxembourg

NK Maribor 2-0 F91 Dudelange
Two goals in nine first-half minutes from Arghus and Agim Ibraimi gave NK Maribor the upper hand going into the second leg against F91 Dudelange.

NK Maribor will take a two-goal advantage into the second leg against the champions of Luxembourg F91 Dudelange thanks to first-half strikes from Arghus and Agim Ibraimi which earned them a 2-0 victory at the Stadion Ljudski vrt.

After an uneventful opening to the match it was Maribor who took the lead on 36 minutes when Arghus met Ibraimi's pinpoint cross to head past Jonathan Joubert in the visitors' goal. Just seconds before the break Ibraimi's delightful free-kick gave Maribor a two-goal advantage to take to Luxembourg for the second leg on 19 July.

Fresh from their 4-0 aggregate defeat of FC Santa Coloma in the first qualifying round, Dudelange started brightly and were unlucky not to take the lead just past the half-hour when Bryan Melisse's 22-metre strike came back off the post.

However, it was Maribor who went ahead, Arghus timing his run to perfection to head in Ibraimi's cross. Darko Milanič's side doubled their lead nine minutes later when Ibraimi's superb free-kick evaded the wall and nestled in the top left-hand corner.

The closest the visitors came to a reply was Sofian Benzouien's glorious chance from close range but somehow the 24-year-old fired over with the goal at his mercy. Maribor's second-half substitutions almost paid dividends only for Goran Cvijanović's strike to come back off the crossbar and Etien Velikonja to be denied by Joubert with seven minutes remaining.

Last updated: 12/07/11 23.13CET

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Lineups

maribor

Maribor

dudelange

Dudelange

12
PridigarMarko Pridigar (GK)
1
JoubertJonathan Joubert (GK) (C)
Yellow Card90+4
5
Z. FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
Substitution66
2
TournutJulien Tournut
7
MejačAleš Mejač
5
CailletJean-Philippe Caillet
Yellow Card58
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
6
PayalBen Payal
9
TavaresTavares (C)
Substitution81
7
MelisseBryan Melisse
Yellow Card56
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Goal45
8
SanchezPaco Sanchez
26
RajčevičAleksander Rajčevič
10
LegrosJean-Sébastien Legros
Yellow Card77
Substitution78
28
VilerMitja Viler
13
BenzouienSofian Benzouien
32
BeričRobert Berič
Yellow Card18
15
Olle-NicolleRomain Olle-Nicolle
Substitution73
44
ArghusArghus
Goal36
Substitution90+2
17
WiggersMichaël Wiggers
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj
Yellow Card90+3
23
AbdulleiAmodou Abdullei
Yellow Card85

Substitutes

13
RadanMatej Radan (GK)
12
ConsbruckLou Consbruck (GK)
4
VidovičJovan Vidovič
Substitution90+2
9
Daniel Da MotaDaniel Da Mota
Substitution73
6
MilecMartin Milec
14
GruszczyńskiThomas Gruszczyński
Substitution78
11
VelikonjaEtien Velikonja
Substitution81
16
BensiStefano Bensi
17
VolašDalibor Volaš
18
WangJun Cai Wang
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
Substitution66
19
MalgetKevin Malget
61
JeličDragan Jelič
21
ZeghdaneLéhit Zeghdane

Coach

Darko Milanič (SVN) Daniel Theis (LUX)

Referee

Veaceslav Banari (MDA)

Assistant referees

Serghei Trofan (MDA), Sergiu Beşliu (MDA)

Fourth official

Victor Gheciu (MDA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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