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Slovenia and Albania draw a blank

Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.27CET
Slovenia 0-0 Albania The home side stayed one point clear of their opponents in the table after this goalless draw in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group G.
Slovenia and Albania draw a blank
Albania's Nevil Dede (right) and Slovenia's Klemen Lavrič tussle for possession ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaAlbania

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners1
 
6
Fouls committed22
 
9
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Sunday 14 October 2007, 0.27CET

Slovenia and Albania draw a blank

Slovenia 0-0 Albania The home side stayed one point clear of their opponents in the table after this goalless draw in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group G.

Slovenia and Albania played out a goalless draw in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group G – a result that keeps the home side one point above their opponents in the table.

Stalemate
With qualification for the finals out of reach for both teams before kick-off, neither side threatened the opposition goal on a regular basis with most of the danger coming from long-range efforts and set-pieces.

Best moments
Slovenia's captain Klemen Lavrič, who had scored three times in the last two qualifiers, came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a deflected header from a free-kick, but this was easily held by visiting keeper Arian Beqaj. Albania's best moment of the opening period had come earlier, when a promising move down the right resulted in an Erion Bogdani shot which was comfortably collected by Slovenia stopper Samir Handanovič.

Goalkeepers untroubled
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with both custodians being largely untroubled as the two teams laboured to create clear-cut openings. Albania's Klodian Duro tried to make an impact with an attempted overhead kick from six metres yet he failed to make sufficient contact to worry Handanovič.

Late chances
Beqaj warmed his hands at the other end of the pitch minutes later, parrying to safety Valter Birsa's free-kick for Slovenia, while Albania's Nevil Dede curled the ball wide from Ervin Skela's outswinging corner three minutes from time. However, neither side could do enough to merit a goal and the result replicated the first meeting between these countries in qualifying – another stalemate.

Last updated: 14/10/07 2.28CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Albania

Albania

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
BeqajArjan Beqaj (GK)
21
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Yellow Card90+4
21
VangjeliKristi Vangjeli
15
JokićBojan Jokić
Substitution77
24
ÇurriDebatik Çurri
Yellow Card22
6
MörecMitja Mörec
28
DedeNevil Dede
2
F. CipotFabijan Cipot
6
RrustemiBlerim Rrustemi
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
23
HaxhiAltin Haxhi
Substitution60
19
KirmAndraž Kirm
Yellow Card75
14
LalaAltin Lala (C)
8
KorenRobert Koren
29
BulkuErvin Bulku
18
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution82
10
DuroKlodian Duro
Substitution77
9
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Substitution61
13
SkelaErvin Skela
Substitution90+1
17
LavričKlemen Lavrič (C)
22
BogdaniErjon Bogdani

Substitutes

12
FornezziSašo Fornezzi (GK)
12
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
4
KokotAleš Kokot
3
LilaAndi Lila
7
MiheličRene Mihelič
Substitution82
19
HykaJahmir Hyka
Substitution90+1
11
KomacAndrej Komac
20
MukajDevis Mukaj
Substitution60
23
ŽinkoLuka Žinko
8
BushiAlban Bushi
Substitution77
20
B. IličBranko Ilič
Substitution77
18
SalihiHamdi Salihi
13
RušičDejan Rušič
Substitution61
Yellow Card74
17
D. BylykbashiDorian Bylykbashi

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Otto Barić (SRB)

Referee

Duarte Gomes (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Cardinal (POR), Bertino Miranda (POR)

Fourth official

João Ferreira (POR)

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