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Mihelič makes the difference for Slovenia

Published: Tuesday 31 March 2009, 18.15CET
Malta 0-2 Slovenia
Rene Mihelič scored from a free-kick and a penalty to give the visitors a winning start to 2011 qualifying Group 8 against a spirited Malta side.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Hibernians Ground
Mihelič makes the difference for Slovenia
Rene Mihelič takes the plaudits for his second goal ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

MaltaSlovenia

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target0
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 21/03/2013 14:43 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Tuesday 31 March 2009, 18.15CET

Mihelič makes the difference for Slovenia

Malta 0-2 Slovenia
Rene Mihelič scored from a free-kick and a penalty to give the visitors a winning start to 2011 qualifying Group 8 against a spirited Malta side.

Slovenia secured victory in Malta in the opening 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 fixture in Corradino.

Set-piece goals
Rene Mihelič proved the key to defeating a spirited home side, converting a free-kick just past the hour and then scoring a 65th-minute penalty. The closest Malta came was when substitute Julian Galea forced an injury-time save from Udinese Calcio goalkeeper Jan Koprivec after a fine solo run.

Kavčič happy
Victorious coach Tomaž Kavčič told uefa.com: "Malta played really well. It was a very difficult match today, but we showed more motivation and I am happy with the performance of our team. I am happy because the important thing is the three points."

Performance praised
Malta's Edwin Camilleri, whose side like Slovenia also face France, Ukraine and Belgium for a chance to play off for a finals place in Denmark, added: "My players gave 200 per cent, they gave it all and the result doesn't reflect the performance of our team. We created more chances than our opponents. I could not ask for more. The fighting spirit was there, my players gave everything they could give in this match. Technically we were up against a very difficult side – just take into consideration that their goalkeeper is third goalkeeper at Udinese."

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.20CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
BonelloHenry Bonello (GK)
1
KoprivecJan Koprivec (GK)
4
BorgSteve Borg
2
MajerAleš Majer
6
T. FarrugiaTyron Farrugia (C)
3
ŠkarabotMatija Škarabot
16
PisaniDuncan Pisani
4
BačinovićArmin Bačinović
7
MintoffJohn Mintoff
5
BalažicGregor Balažic
17
PuloCarl Pulo
Substitution54
6
VidovičJovan Vidovič
15
Gatt BaldacchinoClifford Gatt Baldacchino
Yellow Card55
Substitution83
7
TolimirNikola Tolimir
3
ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
9
PlutVito Plut
Substitution72
9
ChircopWarren Chircop
Substitution70
10
MiheličRene Mihelič (C)
Yellow Card9
Goal33
Goal65
Substitution87
10
B. CamilleriBenjamin Camilleri
11
VelikonjaEtien Velikonja
2
BonniciSteve Bonnici
18
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution66

Substitutes

12
VellaNicholas Vella (GK)
12
AjlecAleš Ajlec (GK)
5
BorgAdrian Borg
13
MarčetaDanijel Marčeta
Substitution72
14
G. MuscatGiuseppe Muscat
Substitution83
14
SkubičNejc Skubič
13
ButtigiegJoseph Buttigieg
15
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
11
ChetcutiRichard Chetcuti
Substitution70
16
OmladičNik Omladič
Substitution66
8
CiantarMiguel Ciantar
17
MajcenLuka Majcen
Substitution87
18
GaleaJulian Galea
Substitution54

Coach

Edwin Camilleri (MLT) Tomaž Kavčič (SVN)

Referee

Petur Reinert (FRO)

Assistant referees

Jon Kari I Brekkuni (FRO), Regin Egholm (FRO)

Fourth official

Eiler Rasmussen (FRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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