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Handanovic heroics deny Dutch

Published: Sunday 13 November 2005, 17.45CET
Slovenia 0-0 Netherlands Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was in superb form as the play-off debutants held the Netherlands in Celje.
by Martin Pavcnik
from Ljubjana
Published: Sunday 13 November 2005, 17.45CET

Handanovic heroics deny Dutch

Slovenia 0-0 Netherlands Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was in superb form as the play-off debutants held the Netherlands in Celje.

Slovenia had goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to thank after he kept the Dutch at bay with a series of stunning saves to leave the UEFA Under-21 European Championship play-off tie finely poised.

Stevanovič sidelined
A regular with the senior national team, Treviso FC goalkeeper Handanovic was drafted into the Slovenian side as they sought to secure their first ever appearance in the U21 European Championship finals. Indeed, they have never before reached the play-offs but despite missing Dalibor Stevanovič through injury, Branko Zupan's side did not shy from their more illustrious opponents as they ended the match on the attack.

Heerenveen hopes
The home team spent much of the first half on the back foot in Celje, however, and had Handanovic to thank for making a string of superb saves to deny a Netherlands side that had racked up 15 goals in their last five qualifiers. "We were not brave in the first half," said Handanovic. "But in football you have to try and we did so in second half. I hope we will play better in second match." The return leg is in Heerenveen on Wednesday.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.01CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
WatermanBoy Waterman (GK)
2
IličBranko Ilič
2
TiendalliDwight Tiendalli
3
HadžičDamir Hadžič
Yellow Card22
3
KruiswijkArnold Kruiswijk
4
MatičDarijan Matič
4
ZomerRamon Zomer
Yellow Card81
5
MörecMitja Mörec (C)
5
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
Yellow Card90+1
6
ŠulerMarko Šuler
Yellow Card90+2
6
SchaarsStijn Schaars (C)
Yellow Card45+1
7
BirsaValter Birsa
7
De RidderDaniël de Ridder
8
BožičičSaša Božičič
Substitution46
8
ZuiverloonGianni Zuiverloon
Substitution54
9
BurgičMiran Burgič
Substitution88
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
10
ZatkovičMitja Zatkovič
Substitution38
10
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
Yellow Card32
11
JokićBojan Jokić
11
Owusu-AbeyieQuincy Owusu-Abeyie
Substitution65

Substitutes

12
CelofigaSebastjan Celofiga (GK)
16
PasveerRemko Pasveer (GK)
13
ŠkrbinaLuka Škrbina
12
VerhaeghPaul Verhaegh
14
UrbancDejan Urbanc
Substitution46
13
Henrico DrostHenrico Drost
15
RobnikDejan Robnik
Substitution88
14
DrostJeroen Drost
16
KronaveterRok Kronaveter
15
HellingsSergio Hellings
17
BrečkoMišo Brečko
17
EliaEljero Elia
Substitution54
18
ŽinkoLuka Žinko
Substitution38
18
VerhoekWesley Verhoek
Substitution65

Coach

Branko Zupan (SVN) Foppe de Haan (NED)

Referee

Romans Lajuks (LVA)

Assistant referees

Janis Pukijans (LVA), Sergejs Braga (LVA)

Fourth official

Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

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