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Berić helps Slovenia overtake Estonia

Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 22.35CET
Slovenia 1-0 Estonia
Robert Berić scored his first goal for Slovenia to help his side overtake the visitors in Group E and put them on course for the play-offs.
by Gregor Sever
from Stadion Ljudski vrt

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Match statistics

SloveniaEstonia

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts11
 
7
on target4
 
3
off target4
 
3
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
20
Fouls suffered18
 
14

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 8 September 2015, 22.35CET

Berić helps Slovenia overtake Estonia

Slovenia 1-0 Estonia
Robert Berić scored his first goal for Slovenia to help his side overtake the visitors in Group E and put them on course for the play-offs.

  • Slovenia replace Estonia in third in Group E
  • Robert Berić's first international goal seals win in 63rd minute
  • Hosts best placed to make play-offs and can still catch Switzerland
  • Next games: Slovenia v Lithuania, England v Estonia (9 October)

Slovenia jumped ahead of Estonia in their race for UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E's play-off spot as Robert Berić got the only goal of the game in Maribor.

Home coach Srečko Katanec predicted it would not be a pretty affair and he was proven correct in this battle for third place behind England and Switzerland. Berić's early header was comfortably handled by visiting keeper Mihkel Aksalu while at the other end alarm bells rang for the hosts when Slovenia No1 Samir Handanovič cleared the ball straight at Ats Purje and the ensuing deflection narrowly missed the target.

Slovenia may have had ample possession but they failed to carve out anything of note, while Estonia's Konstantin Vassiljev whistled a shot just over and Handanovič was forced into a sharp stop from Taijo Teniste.

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Robert Berić celebrates his first international goal

Slovenia eventually responded with attempts from Branko Ilič, Valter Birsa and Kevin Kampl, the last mentioned elicited a lunging save from Aksalu. The pressure finally paid off in the 63rd minute when Birsa cut the Estonian defence open with a precise through pass to Berič, who waltzed beyond Karol Mets and sent a low strike into the corner to register his first goal for his country.

Estonia rallied and Vassiljev delivered a series of wicked crosses which Slovenia somehow managed to deal with, although Jasmin Kurtič might have finished things off when he fired into the side-netting. Instead, Magnus Pehrsson's team pushed hard for the equaliser in the closing exchanges only to be denied by a stubborn Slovene rearguard action.

Last updated: 08/10/15 9.36CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014018/postmatch/report/index.html#slovenia+overtake+estonia

Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Estonia

Estonia

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
12
AksaluMihkel Aksalu (GK)
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
2
LindpereJoel Lindpere
Yellow Card21
Substitution84
6
B. IlićBranko Ilić
3
PikkArtur Pikk
7
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution55
9
PurjeAts Purje
8
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
10
ZenjovSergei Zenjov
Substitution46
10
BirsaValter Birsa
14
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev
13
JokićBojan Jokić
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan (C)
15
Andraž StrunaAndraž Struna
17
JäägerEnar Jääger
20
KamplKevin Kampl
Yellow Card52
18
MetsKarol Mets
Yellow Card53
21
KrhinRené Krhin
Substitution88
19
KallasteKen Kallaste
Substitution88
23
BerićRobert Berić
Goal63
Substitution77
23
TenisteTaijo Teniste

Substitutes

16
VidmarNejc Vidmar (GK)
1
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
12
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
22
LondakPavel Londak (GK)
2
KrajncLuka Krajnc
4
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub
3
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
4
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
6
AntonovIlja Antonov
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution55
7
S. PuriSander Puri
Substitution46
14
LazarevičDejan Lazarevič
Substitution77
8
SubbotinIgor Subbotin
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
11
TeeverIngemar Teever
Substitution84
18
RotmanRajko Rotman
Substitution88
13
LutsSiim Luts
Substitution88
19
PečnikNejc Pečnik
16
JürgensonMarkus Jürgenson
22
SkubicNejc Skubic
20
KamsGert Kams
21
BaranovNikita Baranov

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Magnus Pehrsson (SWE)

Referee

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)

Fourth official

Christos Akrivos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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