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Group stage - Group D

Maribor - Zulte Waregem
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Maribor ready to pounce in Group D

Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 9.32CET
Buoyed by their impressive 3-1 victory at SV Zulte Waregem last time out, NK Maribor coach Ante Šimundža believes a place in the round of 32 is a realistic ambition.
by Rok Šinkovc
from Maribor
Maribor ready to pounce in Group D
Thorgan Hazard and Matic Črnic grapple for possession during the teams' first meeting ©AFP/Getty Images
 

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Tournament statistics

Maribor
Zulte Waregem

6

Goals scored

1

45

Possession (%)

58

35

Total attempts

47

19

on target

11

12

off target

20

4

blocked

16

0

against woodwork

1

12

Corners

16

0

Offsides

6

8

Yellow cards

6

1

Red Cards

0

42

Fouls committed

32

39

Fouls suffered

28

1239

Passes

1583

1009

completed

1337

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Last updated: 08/11/2013 02:25 CET

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Published: Wednesday 6 November 2013, 9.32CET

Maribor ready to pounce in Group D

Buoyed by their impressive 3-1 victory at SV Zulte Waregem last time out, NK Maribor coach Ante Šimundža believes a place in the round of 32 is a realistic ambition.

If anyone had started to doubt NK Maribor's UEFA Europa League Group D credentials, those suspicions were quelled on matchday three when they defeated SV Zulte Waregem 3-1 in Bruges.

Despite falling behind early on and playing the remaining 33 minutes with ten men, goals from Matic Črnic, Aleš Mertelj and Dejan Mezga ensured Maribor made an eye-catching statement of intent and trimmed the gap on second-placed Wigan Athletic FC to two points. It was also their first away success in a competition whose group phase they first graced in 2011.

However, just when it seemed Zulte Waregem would come up against a Maribor team filled with confidence in Thursday's return fixture, the Slovenian title holders surrendered top spot in their domestic league by losing 2-1 at home to bottom club ND Triglav at the weekend. "We try to learn something from every defeat. To lose at home against Krka was a really painful experience but Thursday's game will be completely different," said coach Ante Šimundža, who is empowered by positive thinking.

"The players are still very confident and enjoying every European match. I expect Zulte Waregem to come here with revenge on their minds and the match to follow a different path to the first."

After succumbing 5-2 against section pacesetters FC Rubin Kazan on matchday one and 3-1 at Wigan two weeks later, Maribor could have been forgiven for losing hope but Šimundža is still dreaming big. "After the win in Bruges on matchday three we have a decent chance of making it through to the knockout rounds. Three points on Thursday would go a long way towards fulfilling that ambition," he said.

"Advancing from the group stage was our sole aim at the start of the competition and that hasn't changed. A lot will depend on the other teams in our group, but if given an opportunity, we'll grasp it with both hands."

Last updated: 06/11/13 17.44CET

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