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Slovenia hold off bold Belarus

Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.35CET
Slovenia 1-0 Belarus Slovenia had to resist a brave second-half performance from ten-man Belarus to secure this 1-0 qualifying Group G victory.
Slovenia hold off bold Belarus
Pavel Plaskonny vies with goalscorer Klemen Lavrič ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaBelarus

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
2
Corners2
 
6
Fouls committed21
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 12 September 2007, 23.35CET

Slovenia hold off bold Belarus

Slovenia 1-0 Belarus Slovenia had to resist a brave second-half performance from ten-man Belarus to secure this 1-0 qualifying Group G victory.

Slovenia had to resist a brave second-half display from ten-man Belarus to secure a 1-0 Group G win in Celje.

Lavrič penalty
An early penalty from Klemen Lavrič earned the points while Belarus had Artyom Radkov sent off for two bookable offences inside two second-half minutes. Pavel Plaskonny fouled Lavrič inside the box to give the home side their penalty three minutes into the match; the striker took the responsibility, planting a firm shot past Vladimir Gaev for his fourth goal of the qualifying campaign.

Under pressure
Valter Birsa was next to try his luck for the hosts, his speculative effort from 20 metres drifting past the left upright. Dalibor Stevanovič also set his sights from distance but his shot was well claimed by Gaev. Belarus were struggling to deal with the Slovenia wide men, Birsa and Andraž Kirm; it was Kirm who gave them a scare as he cut in from the left and let fly a strike from the corner of the area that grazed the bar.

Closer contest
Belarus began to threaten themselves through Timofei Kalachev, whose runs down the right and centre were troubling the home defence. First he had an attempt on goal which soared over the woodwork before his cross caused Slovenia to concede a throw-in in their danger zone. That found Sergei Kornilenko whose low shot was smothered by Slovenia No1 Samir Handanovič at his near post.

Captain sent off
Although Radkov was dismissed on 70 minutes for two fouls in quick succession, his team continued to push forward and nearly equalised when Dare Vršič brought down Kalachev on the edge of the box; Vladimir Korythko's free-kick being adeptly saved by Handanovič. Slovenia's Milivoje Novakovič then struck the bar against the run of play as his side held on for a victory which takes them three points clear of their opponents, into fourth place in the pool.

Last updated: 12/09/07 22.45CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Belarus

Belarus

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
GaevVladimir Gaev (GK)
20
B. IličBranko Ilič
Substitution82
3
TigorevYan Tigorev
15
JokićBojan Jokić
4
RadkovArtem Radkov
Yellow Card69
Red Card70
6
MörecMitja Mörec
Yellow Card72
5
PlaskonnyPavel Plaskonny
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
6
KalachevTimofei Kalachev
8
KorenRobert Koren
7
StasevichIgor Stasevich
19
KirmAndraž Kirm
8
RomashchenkoMaksim Romashchenko
10
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
Substitution75
10
HlebAleksandr Hleb (C)
18
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution67
11
KornilenkoSergei Kornilenko
Substitution46
9
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
15
KorythkoVladimir Korythko
Substitution89
17
LavričKlemen Lavrič (C)
Goal3
Yellow Card89
17
BliznyukGennadi Bliznyuk
Substitution74

Substitutes

12
FornezziSašo Fornezzi (GK)
12
AmelchenkoAnton Amelchenko (GK)
3
LazičIgor Lazič
2
KovbaDenis Kovba
21
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Substitution82
9
MaltsevIgor Maltsev
13
VršičDare Vršič
Substitution67
Yellow Card87
13
FilipenkoEgor Filipenko
Substitution74
23
ŽinkoLuka Žinko
Substitution75
14
SkverniukAleksei Skverniuk
7
MiheličRene Mihelič
16
KashevskiNikolai Kashevski
Substitution89
14
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
18
RodionovVitali Rodionov
Substitution46

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Bernd Stange (GER)

Referee

Veaceslav Banari (MDA)

Assistant referees

Anatolie Bodean (MDA), Serghei Trofan (MDA)

Fourth official

Igor Satchi (MDA)

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