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Matavž announces himself with hat-trick

Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.55CET
Slovenia 5-1 Faroe Islands
FC Groningen youngster Tim Matavž's first three goals at international level set Slovenia on course for a comprehensive win in Group C.
by Rok Šinkovic
from ŠRC Stožice Stadium
Matavž announces himself with hat-trick
Tim Matavž in action for Slovenia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaFaroe Islands

Goals scored5
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts33
 
3
Attempts on target12
 
3
Attempts off target15
 
0
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners13
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
9

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.55CET

Matavž announces himself with hat-trick

Slovenia 5-1 Faroe Islands
FC Groningen youngster Tim Matavž's first three goals at international level set Slovenia on course for a comprehensive win in Group C.

Tim Matavž got off the mark at international level in style, scoring three times as Slovenia overwhelmed the Faroe Islands 5-1 in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying.

Two goals from Matavž set the hosts on their way prior to half-time and the 21-year-old rounded off his hat-trick midway through the second period. Milivoje Novakovič also got in on the act with a penalty 18 minutes from time before substitute Zlatko Dedič made it 5-0. Another replacement, Christian Mouritsen, reduced the arrears in added time but it was scant consolation for a Faroe Islands side who remain bottom of Group C.

"It's not always easy when you're such big favourites," said Slovenia coach Matjaž Kek. "Fortunately we were calm and tactically sound from the start so I have to be proud of all the guys, especially Tim Matavž. He showed Slovenia that in the not too distant future he will be a great force."

Winning his fifth cap, the FC Groningen youngster gave ample evidence of his talents in Ljubljana. Matavž broke the deadlock midway through the first half when he rose to head in Mišo Brečko's cross and 11 minutes later he demonstrated his strength with the ball at his feet, dribbling into the heart of the Faroese defence before firing into the far corner.

Robert Koren threatened to take a share of the limelight when he rattled the upright from long range but Matavž was soon back in centre stage, heading in from close range on 65 minutes. The visitors could not muster a response. When they kept Matavž quiet, strike partner Josip Iličič took the initiative.

It was a foul on the US Città di Palermo midfielder, from Hendrik Rubeksen, that earned a spot kick which Novakovič converted at the second time of asking. Dedič was also indebted to Iličič for his effort six minutes from time, and minds were already perhaps on Tuesday's trip to Estonia when Mouritsen made it 5-1 just before the final whistle.

Last updated: 17/11/10 11.17CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
J. MikkelsenJákup Mikkelsen (GK)
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
2
RubeksenHendrik Rubeksen
Yellow Card70
4
ŠulerMarko Šuler
3
NæsJónas Tór Næs
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar
Yellow Card29
4
GregersenAtli Gregersen
Yellow Card26
8
KorenRobert Koren (C)
5
á BøEgil á Bø
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution51
6
J. HansenJústinus Hansen
Yellow Card17
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Goal72
Substitution73
7
BenjaminsenFródi Benjaminsen (C)
Yellow Card52
13
JokićBojan Jokić
8
B. LøkinBogi Løkin
Substitution41
18
RadosavljevičAleksandar Radosavljevič
Substitution59
9
UdsenDaniel Udsen
Substitution81
19
IličićJosip Iličić
10
HolstChristian Holst
Substitution81
23
MatavžTim Matavž
Goal25
Goal36
Goal65
11
EdmundssonJóan Edmundsson

Substitutes

12
J. HandanovičJasmin Handanovič (GK)
16
ThomsenTórdur Thomsen (GK)
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
12
C. MouritsenChristian Mouritsen
Substitution81
Goal90+3
14
DedičZlatko Dedič
Substitution73
Goal84
13
A. HansenArnbjørn Hansen
15
BačinovićArmin Bačinović
Substitution59
14
PetersenJann Ingi Petersen
Substitution81
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution51
15
ElttørHjalgrím Elttør
Substitution41
21
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
17
J. FredriksbergJónhard Fredriksberg
22
M. MavričMatej Mavrič
18
BaldvinssonRógvi Baldvinsson

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Brian Kerr (IRL)

Referee

Stanislav Todorov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Nikola Dzhuganski (BUL), Nikolay Petrov (BUL)

Fourth official

Anton Genov (BUL)

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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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