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Zahovic inspires stylish Slovenia

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.15CET
Slovenia 3-1 Israel Zlatko Zahovic leads by example as Slovenia cruise to victory at home.

Match statistics

SloveniaIsrael

Goals scored3
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
2

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.15CET

Zahovic inspires stylish Slovenia

Slovenia 3-1 Israel Zlatko Zahovic leads by example as Slovenia cruise to victory at home.

Zlatko Zahovic was the inspiration as Slovenia cruised to a 3-1 victory against Israel that took them closer to a place in the play-offs.

Three assists
The Slovenia captain had a hand in all three home goals in Ljubljana. The No10 helped his side score twice in quick succession in the first half through Ermin Šiljak and Aleksandrs Knavs before his late pass allowed Nastja Ceh to hit the goal of the night.

Point needed
Slovenia now have 13 points from six UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 1 games, leaving them five behind leaders France and five ahead of Israel. A point from either of their last two matches against France on Wednesday or Cyprus next month would guarantee at least a top-two finish.

Ceh impressive
Zahovic was eager to get forward at every opportunity and in Ceh, found someone willing to match his adventurous spirit. Despite plenty of desire, the away side could not find a way through. Slovenia's breakthrough finally came in the 35th minute. Zahovic lined the ball up on the right of goal before sending in a free-kick that reached Šiljak. He hooked the ball goalwards and, although Avi Nimny thought he had cleared, the referee ruled the whole of the ball had crossed the line.

Quick second
Barely a minute later and it was two. From an identical position, Zahovic's centre was met by a majestic header from Knavs that gave Shavit Elimelech no chance. Yossi Benayoun tried to get an instant reply only for Ceh to clear.

Benayoun denied
Nevertheless, Israel started the second half well and were nearly rewarded three minutes after the restart when Benayoun went close with a superb flicked header. However, Zahovic and Ceh were always a menace and were quick to join their side's attacks whenever possible.

Harazi lively
Zahovic nearly scored in the 66th minute. A delightful cross from Ceh was met by the SL Benfica man on the volley, but the shot was saved. Yet Israel got their goal three minutes later. The lively Alon Harazi pushed forward before pulling the ball back for Haim Revivo to slot in from close range.

Late dismissals
In the 78th minute, Ceh raced clear on a counterattack. Zahovic went with him and the two worked a sublime one-two before Ceh volleyed into the corner of the net. Israel were down and out and sloppy challenges from Nimny and Tal Ben Haim, that led to red cards, typified their frustration.

Worked hard
Slovenia coach Bojan Prašnikar said: "Israel are a team who force you to play hard. My players did just that so we deserved the three points." Israel coach Avraham Grant said: "We started playing very ambitious football but we did not have the luck. Free-kicks won the game for Slovenia."

Last updated: 06/09/03 23.32CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Israel

Israel

1
SimeunovičMarko Simeunovič (GK)
1
ElimelechShavit Elimelech (GK)
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
2
HaraziAlon Harazi
3
KaričAmir Karič
Yellow Card40
3
Ben HaimTal Ben Haim
Red Card90
5
ŠnoflMatej Šnofl
4
BenadoArik Benado
6
KnavsAleksander Knavs
Goal37
6
KeiseAdoram Keise
Yellow Card34
Substitution46
7
ŠukaloGoran Šukalo
8
RevivoHaim Revivo (C)
Goal69
8
ČehNastja Čeh
Goal78
Substitution90+3
9
NimniAvi Nimni
Red Card87
9
ŠiljakErmin Šiljak
Yellow Card14
Goal35
Substitution64
10
AbukasisJosef Abukasis
Substitution77
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič (C)
11
TalIdan Tal
17
KapicAdem Kapic
Substitution84
14
BerkovicEyal Berkovic
18
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun

Substitutes

12
DabanovičMladen Dabanovič (GK)
18
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
11
SešlarSimon Sešlar
Substitution84
5
BadierWalid Badier
Substitution77
13
RudonjaMladen Rudonja
Substitution90+3
16
BaliliPini Balili
Substitution46
14
CimirotičSebastjan Cimirotič
Substitution64
17
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
4
CesarBoštjan Cesar
7
UzanOri Uzan
15
KorenRobert Koren
12
GershonShimon Gershon
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
20
AfekOmri Afek

Coach

Bojan Prašnikar (SVN) Avram Grant (ISR)

Referee

Herbert Fandel (GER)

Assistant referees

Carsten Kadach (GER), Harald Sather (GER)

Fourth official

Jürgen Jansen (GER)

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