Stadion Ljudski vrt - Maribor 24/07/2013 - 20:00CET (20:00 local time)

Second qualifying round, Second leg

Maribor - Birkirkara
2-0
Aggregate: 2-0
 

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Assured Maribor shrug aside Birkirkara

Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 22.45CET
NK Maribor 2-0 Birkirkara FC (agg: 2-0)
Goals from Goran Cvijanovič and Mitja Viler earned Maribor a place in the third qualifying round for a third consecutive season.
by Rok Šinkovc
from Stadion Ljudski vrt
Assured Maribor shrug aside Birkirkara
Goran Cvijanovič opened the scoring for Maribor against Birkirkara ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

Maribor
Birkirkara

2

Goals scored

0

0

Possession (%)

0

15

Total attempts

11

4

on target

2

7

off target

8

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

6

Corners

1

4

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

13

Fouls committed

9

8

Fouls suffered

13

Lineups

maribor

Maribor

birkirkara

Birkirkara

33J. Handanovič (GK)16Haber (GK)
Yellow Card50
5Filipovič2Herrera
6Milec4Sciberras (C)
8Mezga
Substitution21
6P. Fenech
9Tavares (C)
Yellow Card50
7Camenzuli
Substitution46
10Ibraimi11Shodiya
17Fajić
Substitution86
14Temile
20Cvijanovič
Goal28
15Vukanac
Substitution79
26Rajčevič17Moreno
28Viler
Goal47
22Z. Muscat
Yellow Card44
44Arghus
Substitution71
24R. Muscat
Substitution82

Substitutes

12Pridigar (GK)1Gauci (GK)
7Mejač3Maciel
Substitution79
14Mendy
Substitution86
5Richard
21Derviševič10Triganza
Substitution82
22Potokar
Substitution71
13K. Zammit
39Bohar
Substitution21
20Camilleri
70Mertelj23Touré
Substitution46

Coaches

Ante Čačić (CRO) Paul Zammit (MLT)

Referee

Andris Treimanis (LVA)

Press kits

Standings

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 22.45CET

Assured Maribor shrug aside Birkirkara

NK Maribor 2-0 Birkirkara FC (agg: 2-0)
Goals from Goran Cvijanovič and Mitja Viler earned Maribor a place in the third qualifying round for a third consecutive season.

NK Maribor cemented their place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round for a third consecutive season by easing past Birkirkara FC 2-0 at Stadion Ljudski vrt.

Though the visitors occasionally threatened on the counter, Maribor always looked comfortable and built on their goalless first-leg draw in Malta by scoring a goal in each half to progress.

Birkirkara's Alejandro Moreno and home captain Tavares were the respective culprits as each side sent a good headed chance wide of the target before Maribor made their first mark on the contest. On 28 minutes Cvijanovič swept a fine low free-kick from the edge of the box past goalkeeper Justin Haber and the hosts never looked back.

Ante Čačić's men doubled their lead shortly after the break when Viler slalomed round three Birkirkara defenders and sent the ball low past Haber again with a powerful drive. 

Birkirkara were in danger of letting the match slip away, and only Haber's reflexes denied Maribor a third as the goalkeeper somehow kept out Tavares's fierce volley two minutes later. It was to be a frustrating night in front of goal for the Brazilian, who later spurned a golden opportunity by slicing wide from near the penalty spot.

Collectively, though, it was a job well done by Maribor, who must now find a way past APOEL FC, surprise UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists in 2011/12, if they are to secure a play-off place for the second year running in this competition. They face the first leg in Cyprus next week.

Last updated: 04/09/13 17.55CET

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