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Win strengthens Slovenia's hand

Published: Wednesday 7 September 2005, 21.50CET
Moldova 1-3 Slovenia Slovenia moved up to second place in Group 6 ahead of Norway and Belarus with a vital win in Moldova.
by Miron Goihman
Published: Wednesday 7 September 2005, 21.50CET

Win strengthens Slovenia's hand

Moldova 1-3 Slovenia Slovenia moved up to second place in Group 6 ahead of Norway and Belarus with a vital win in Moldova.

Slovenia moved up to second place in UEFA European Under-21 Group 6 after a win against their Moldovan counterparts.

Early lead
The Slovenians took a sixth-minute lead after Miran Burgic took full advantage of an error in the Moldovan defence, but that was the cue for a good spell for the home side. Nicolae Josan looked particularly dangerous as he rattled the post with a 26th-minute shot, and he was to prove even more effective as he accepted a pass from Sergei Alekseev to score his side's equaliser.

Killer touch
However, Moldova's joy was to be short-lived as goalkeeper Mihail Paius was left helpless in the face of a header from Burgic after 42 minutes as Slovenia regained the lead. Maxim Frantuz and Sergiu Japalau both had chances to equalise for Moldova after the break but Slovenia proved they had the killer touch in front of goal as Valter Birsa completed the scoring with 16 minutes remaining.

Second place
Victory has lifted Slovenia to second place in the group with two games remaining, but with both Norway one points behind and Belarus two, they can ill afford any slip-ups in their final matches against group winners Italy and Scotland in October.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2006/matches/round=1910/match=74358/postmatch/report/index.html#win+strengthens+slovenias+hand

Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
PaiuşMihail Paiuş (GK)
1
CelofigaSebastjan Celofiga (GK)
2
GaţcanAlexandru Gaţcan
Yellow Card52
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
15
FrantuzMaxim Frantuz
3
BožičičSaša Božičič
4
BulgaruSemion Bulgaru
Yellow Card26
4
JokićBojan Jokić
5
A. EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
5
MörecMitja Mörec (C)
6
Se. NamascoSerghei Namasco
Yellow Card59
6
ŠulerMarko Šuler
7
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Substitution46
7
MatičDarijan Matič
8
JosanNicolae Josan
Goal30
8
R. BožičRok Božič
Substitution46
9
PicuşciacIgor Picuşciac
9
BurgičMiran Burgič
Goal5
Goal42
Substitution77
10
PorfireanuAndrei Porfireanu
Substitution75
10
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
Substitution86
17
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev
Substitution62
11
BirsaValter Birsa
Goal75

Substitutes

12
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
12
PridigarMarko Pridigar (GK)
13
ManaliuVitalie Manaliu
Substitution75
13
HadžičDamir Hadžič
14
BolohanVadim Bolohan
14
PevecRobert Pevec
16
BugaevIgor Bugaev
15
BečiriErdžan Bečiri
11
JapalauSergei Japalau
Substitution62
16
UrbancDejan Urbanc
Substitution77
3
SecrieruAndrei Secrieru
Substitution46
17
ŽinkoLuka Žinko
Substitution46
18
SoltaniciIgor Soltanici
18
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution86

Coach

Boris Tropanet (MDA) Branko Zupan (SVN)

Referee

Audrius Žuta (LTU)

Assistant referees

Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Arūnas Šeškus (LTU)

Fourth official

Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)

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