Slovenia put together a hard-fought success against Malta to double their points tally in 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8, substitute Leon Črnčič hitting the only goal of the game for the fourth-placed side.
With a number of individuals standing out, the hosts made all the running during the first half. Vito Plut could have put them ahead with just nine minutes gone following a long ball from Nikola Tolimir, but Malta goalkeeper Henry Bonello made a fine save in a one-on-one situation. Midway through the half, Tim Matavz shot over and the same player then prompted the next chance, sending in a free-kick which resulted in a scramble in the box and Boris Mijatovič firing wide via a deflection.
Tomaž Kavčič's charges finally went ahead three minutes after the restart, half-time replacement Črnčič collecting Rene Mihelič's excellent pass and finishing in style. Bonello then had to save from Matavz but Malta slowly came into the match, Tyron Farrugia heading wide from a corner and Richard Chetcuti narrowly missing the target with another shot. Slovenia held on, however, to keep the pressure on Ukraine, France and Belgium, with Malta still looking for their first point.