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Defeat in Slovenia ends Serbia's play-off dream

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 23.45CET
Slovenia 1-0 Serbia
Dare Vršič scored the only goal of the game as Slovenia ended their opponents' play-off hopes with a narrow victory at the Stadion Ljudski vrt.
by Rok Šinkovc
from Stadion Ljudski vrt
Defeat in Slovenia ends Serbia's play-off dream
Dare Vršić scored the goal that ended Serbia's UEFA EURO 2012 dream ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaSerbia

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts11
 
12
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target5
 
6
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
8
Offsides5
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
18
Fouls suffered15
 
17

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2011, 23.45CET

Defeat in Slovenia ends Serbia's play-off dream

Slovenia 1-0 Serbia
Dare Vršič scored the only goal of the game as Slovenia ended their opponents' play-off hopes with a narrow victory at the Stadion Ljudski vrt.

Serbia's hopes of pipping Estonia to second spot in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group C and securing a play-off place were ended by a narrow defeat at the hands of Slovenia.

Dare Vršič scored the only goal of the game in added time at the end of the first half. Nemanja Vidić missed a penalty after the break, and with that Serbia's hopes of a play-off berth faded.

With both defences on top, neither side were able to fashion any clear-cut chances early on and the two teams were reduced to long-range efforts. The game came to life right at the end of the first half when Vršič's free-kick found the top right-hand corner to give Bojan Jorgačević in the visitors' goal no chance.

Serbia were much improved after the break although Slovenia's Tim Matavž came close to doubling the hosts' advantage just shy of the hour only for his strike to drift narrowly wide.

Needing victory to keep their play-off hopes alive, Serbia battled on, and  substitute Miloš Krasić almost drew them level but his 60th-minute strike was well saved by Samir Handanovič. Vladimir Petrović's side were then awarded a penalty after Marko Šuler felled Krasić, but Manchester United FC defender Vidić saw his spot kick saved by the impressive Handanovič.

With that, Serbia's hopes of a comeback ended as a resilient Slovenian defence held on to secure fourth spot in the section, one point behind their opponents in third.

Last updated: 12/10/11 0.11CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Serbia

Serbia

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
JorgačevićBojan Jorgačević (GK)
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
Substitution65
5
VidićNemanja Vidić
Penalty64
4
ŠulerMarko Šuler
Yellow Card64
6
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
7
TošićZoran Tošić
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
10
StankovićDejan Stanković (C)
13
JokićBojan Jokić
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović
Yellow Card39
Substitution57
18
RadosavljevičAleksandar Radosavljevič
15
PetrovićRadosav Petrović
Substitution51
20
BačinovićArmin Bačinović
Yellow Card50
Substitution69
18
NinkovićMiloš Ninković
Substitution72
21
VršičDare Vršič
Goal45+1
Substitution76
20
SubotićNeven Subotić
23
MatavžTim Matavž
Yellow Card22
21
MrdjaDragan Mrdja

Substitutes

12
J. HandanovičJasmin Handanovič (GK)
12
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
3
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
2
TomovićNenad Tomović
6
B. IličBranko Ilič
Substitution65
4
MilivojevićLuka Milivojević
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution76
8
MilijašNenad Milijaš
Substitution72
14
DedičZlatko Dedič
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution51
15
KrhinRené Krhin
Substitution69
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution57
19
IličićJosip Iličić
23
RajkovićSlobodan Rajković

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Vladimir Petrović (SRB)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Peter Hermans (BEL), Walter Vromans (BEL)

Fourth official

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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