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Happy end for Cyprus

Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 17.59CET
Cyprus 2-2 Slovenia Cyprus battle back to end their campaign on a high note.

Match statistics

CyprusSlovenia

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Saturday 11 October 2003, 17.59CET

Happy end for Cyprus

Cyprus 2-2 Slovenia Cyprus battle back to end their campaign on a high note.

Cyprus battled back from 2-0 down to end their UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign on a high note with this battling draw.

Poor start
Group 1 runners-up Slovenia looked destined to entirely overwhelm their hosts in the first half, taking the lead after eleven minutes when Cyprus goalkeeper Nikos Panayiotou could only parry Miran Pavlin's shot into the path of Ermin Šiljak, who was left with a simple finish.

Second goal
Cyprus tried to gain control in midfield but disappointing passing and numerous offside decisions ruined their flow and Slovenia were able to double their lead four minutes before the interval. Muamer Vugdalic's pass found Šiljak unmarked in the area and he beat Panayiotou with a fierce volley from close range.

Cyprus revived
However, Cyprus came out determined to make an impression in the second half and managed to reduce the deficit in the 71st minute. A deep cross from Yiasoumis Yiasoumi left Slovenia goalkeeper Marko Simeunovic stranded and Stavros Georgiou collected the ball and virtually walked it into the net.

Equalising goal
The home side equalised with nine minutes remaining when a corner was the cue for a goalmouth scramble, Yiasoumi emerging to score from close range. Indeed, Cyprus almost won the game as Georgiou failed to make the right connection on a cross from Elias Charalambous late on.

Vukotic happy
"My players didn't play very well in the first half but made up for it in the second with a battling display which earned us a draw," said Cyprus coach Momcilo Vukotic, whose side finished fourth in the five-team group. "I was very pleased with my team's first-half performance but a couple of injuries forced me to make substitutions and changed my plans," said Slovenia's Bojan Prašnikar. "As a result Cyprus equalised."

Last updated: 01/02/12 8.11CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
PanagiotouNicos Panagiotou (C)
1
SimeunovičMarko Simeunovič (GK)
2
GeorgiouStavros Georgiou
Goal70
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
Substitution24
3
Nicolaos GeorgiouNicolaos Georgiou
Substitution78
4
VugdalicMuamer Vugdalic
4
AntoniouMarios Antoniou
6
KnavsAleksander Knavs
Substitution46
5
NikolaouNikos Nikolaou
Yellow Card31
7
ŠukaloGoran Šukalo
7
IliaMarios Ilia
Yellow Card90
8
ČehNastja Čeh
11
ConstantiGiorgos Constanti
Yellow Card41
Substitution46
9
ŠiljakErmin Šiljak
Goal12
Goal42
14
YiasemakisYiasoumi Yiasemakis
11
PavlinMiran Pavlin (C)
15
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
13
RudonjaMladen Rudonja
Substitution86
16
IacovouLazaros Iacovou
17
KapicAdem Kapic
17
EngomitisPanayiotis Engomitis
Substitution43
18
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič

Substitutes

12
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
12
DabanovičMladen Dabanovič (GK)
6
LambrouLambros Lambrou
Substitution78
Yellow Card87
3
BulajičSpasoje Bulajič
Substitution24
10
EleftheriouEleftherakis Eleftheriou
Substitution43
5
ŠnoflMatej Šnofl
Substitution46
Yellow Card66
13
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
Substitution46
15
KorenRobert Koren
Substitution86
8
C. NicolaouCharis Nicolaou
10
PekičDamir Pekič
9
PittasAlexis Pittas
14
VogricMarko Vogric
18
GarpozisAlexandros Garpozis
16
SešlarSimon Sešlar

Coach

Momcilo Vukotic (CYP) Bojan Prašnikar (SVN)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Ole Hermann Borgan (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Per Ivar Staberg (NOR)

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