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Slovenia strengthen Group 8 case

Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 17.14CET
Slovenia 1-0 Malta
Leon Črnčič earned the hosts a hard-fought success to double their points tally in Group 8, though they remain fourth in the standings.
by Grega Sever
from Športni Park
Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 17.14CET

Slovenia strengthen Group 8 case

Slovenia 1-0 Malta
Leon Črnčič earned the hosts a hard-fought success to double their points tally in Group 8, though they remain fourth in the standings.

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.

Deserved result
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.

Malta response
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.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.05CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Malta

Malta

1
VidmarNejc Vidmar (GK)
1
BonelloHenry Bonello (GK)
2
Aljaž StrunaAljaž Struna
Yellow Card57
2
G. MuscatGiuseppe Muscat
3
ŠkarabotMatija Škarabot
Yellow Card79
3
ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
Yellow Card45
Red Card89
4
TolimirNikola Tolimir
4
BorgSteve Borg
5
VidovičJovan Vidovič
5
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
7
KamplKevin Kampl
Yellow Card50
6
T. FarrugiaTyron Farrugia (C)
9
MatavžTim Matavž
Substitution90+1
7
VellaTerence Vella
Substitution78
10
MiheličRene Mihelič (C)
Yellow Card17
Substitution71
8
ScerriMark Scerri
Yellow Card40
11
PlutVito Plut
Substitution46
9
GaleaJulian Galea
15
MijatovičBoris Mijatovič
Yellow Card45
10
CiantarMiguel Ciantar
Substitution52
17
MarčetaDanijel Marčeta
11
ChetcutiRichard Chetcuti

Substitutes

12
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
12
VellaNicholas Vella (GK)
6
BalažicGregor Balažic
13
RizzoNigel Rizzo
8
RepRajko Rep
Substitution71
14
BorgAdrian Borg
13
MajerAleš Majer
15
Gatt BaldacchinoClifford Gatt Baldacchino
Substitution52
14
A. VučkićAlen Vučkić
Substitution90+1
Yellow Card90+2
16
K. MicallefKane Micallef
Substitution78
16
ČrnčičLeon Črnčič
Substitution46
Goal48
17
GrimaDylan Grima
18
GribbonGeorge Gribbon

Coach

Tomaž Kavčič (SVN) Edwin Camilleri (MLT)

Referee

Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Christos Gennaios (GRE), Spyridon Tryfonas (GRE)

Fourth official

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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