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Slovenia's Šiljak sets the standard

Published: Wednesday 30 April 2003, 23.05CET
Malta 1-3 Slovenia Two goals by Ermin Šiljak help Slovenia stay on course in Group 1.

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MaltaSlovenia

Goals scored1
 
3
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Wednesday 30 April 2003, 23.05CET

Slovenia's Šiljak sets the standard

Malta 1-3 Slovenia Two goals by Ermin Šiljak help Slovenia stay on course in Group 1.

Two goals from Ermin Šiljak helped Slovenia take another stride towards cementing the runners-up berth in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 1 with a comfortable 3-1 victory against bottom side Malta in Ta' Qali.

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Majestic free-kick
Slovenia now sit two points clear of Israel in second place with three wins from four games - their only defeat coming at the hands of runaway group leaders France. This latest victory was never in doubt once Zlatko Zahovic had sent a majestic free-kick dipping into the Malta net on 15 minutes.

Creative Ceh
Nastja Ceh, a creative influence throughout the game, attempted to weave his way through the Maltese midfield and won the free-kick 23 metres from goal after Luke Dimech's foul. The bearded Zahovic stepped up to curl the free-kick directly over the wall with his left foot and leave goalkeeper Mario Muscat groping at thin air.

Malta chances
Malta twice went close to equalising either side of the youngest player on the pitch, the 21-year-old Goran Šukalo, sending a looping header narrowly over the bar for the visitors. First Chucks Nwoko forced a brave stop from Marko Simeunovic, then Michael Mifsud watched in disbelief as the visiting goalkeeper blocked his angled drive.

Šiljak strikes
Šiljak scored his first goal nine minutes before half-time, latching on to Ceh's through-pass and loping into the Malta area before drilling the ball past Muscat to make it 2-0. It could have been worse by the break but Muscat made a fine diving save to deny Zahovic a repeat strike from another free-kick.

Keeper's error
Just before the hour, Slovenia further extended their lead. Ceh took the ball down the inside-right channel to the by-line and chipped a cross towards the far post where, after Muscat's fumble, Šiljak pounced, thumping a left-foot shot into the unguarded net.

Hat-trick denied
Zahovic went close with another free-kick and Šiljak had three great chances to complete his hat-trick; first drawing a wonderful low save from Muscat, then seeing his header from the ensuing corner cleared off the line and finally drilling an effort wide with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Mifsud magic
With the finishing line in sight, Slovenia began to ease up and allowed Malta to creep back into the game. A goalline clearance with five minutes remaining failed to raise the Slovenian defence from their slumber and Malta's consolation goal came during added time. The industrious Michael Mifsud was afforded time and space to turn and squeeze an effort into the net via Simeunovic and the keeper's left-hand post for what was only Malta's second goal in the competition.

Last updated: 01/05/03 13.49CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
M. MuscatMario Muscat
1
SimeunovičMarko Simeunovič
2
Ian CiantarIan Ciantar
Yellow Card48
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
3
VellaSimon Vella
3
KaričAmir Karič
4
CarabottDavid Carabott (C)
4
VugdalicMuamer Vugdalic
5
SaidBrian Said
6
OšlajDamjan Ošlaj
Substitution61
6
DimechLuke Dimech
7
ŠukaloGoran Šukalo
7
TurnerNoel Turner
8
ČehNastja Čeh
8
GiglioStefan Giglio
Yellow Card68
Substitution69
9
ŠiljakErmin Šiljak
Goal36
Goal57
Substitution90
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud
Goal90+1
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič
Goal15
10
MalliaGeorge Mallia
Yellow Card22
11
PavlinMiran Pavlin (C)
11
NwokoChucks Nwoko
Substitution63
14
GajserSaša Gajser
Yellow Card32
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
DarmaninSaviour Darmanin
12
DabanovičMladen Dabanovič
13
CamenzuliWilliam Camenzuli
Substitution69
5
KorenRobert Koren
Substitution78
16
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
Substitution63
15
ŠnoflMatej Šnofl
Substitution61
14
MamoCarlo Mamo
17
RakovičErmin Rakovič
Substitution90
15
DebonoDarren Debono
13
RudonjaMladen Rudonja
17
Adrian MifsudAdrian Mifsud
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
18
KmetecMarko Kmetec

Coach

Siegfried Held (GER) Bojan Prašnikar (SVN)

Referee

Attila Hanacsek (HUN)

Assistant referees

Peter Kovacs (HUN), Andras Hrabovszky (HUN)

Fourth official

Ferenc Bede (HUN)

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