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Slovenia see off Malta to go top

Published: Thursday 1 September 2011, 21.45CET
Malta 1-4 Slovenia
Goals from Robert Berić, Rajko Rep, Dejan Lazarevič and Enej Jelenič helped Slovenia leapfrog their hosts into first place in Group 2.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Hibernians Ground
Slovenia see off Malta to go top
Robert Berić celebrates scoring Slovenia's opener against Malta ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Thursday 1 September 2011, 21.45CET

Slovenia see off Malta to go top

Malta 1-4 Slovenia
Goals from Robert Berić, Rajko Rep, Dejan Lazarevič and Enej Jelenič helped Slovenia leapfrog their hosts into first place in Group 2.

Slovenia registered their second win in Group 2 to take an early lead in the qualifying section with a 4-1 victory in Malta.

The hosts had topped the pool before kick-off but were two down by half-time after strikes from Robert Berić and Rajko Rep. Tomaž Kavčič's side added another before the hour mark through Dejan Lazarevič and although Zach Muscat pulled one back, the last word went to Slovenia following Enej Jelenič's 86th-minute effort.

Slovenia started on the front foot with Lazarevič having a tenth-minute strike blocked by home goalkeeper Steve Sultana. Terence Vella and Tristan Caruana returned fire for the hosts, both going close before the visitors made the breakthrough. Berić pounced on a loose pass out of the Maltese defence, and Slovenia then grabbed a vital second on the stroke of half-time when Rep put the finishing touches to a well-worked free-kick.

Most of Slovenia's best play had come through Lazarevič and the Padova Calcio midfielder rounded off an impressive performance with a neatly taken low effort for his side's third. Leighton Grech released Muscat to score what proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Jelenič restored the three-goal advantage late on.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.22CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
SultanaSteve Sultana (GK)
1
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
4
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
Goal79
2
JovičBoban Jovič
5
BugejaOwen Bugeja
3
RešekMitja Rešek
Substitution67
7
L. GrechLeighton Grech
5
MevljaNejc Mevlja
Yellow Card29
Red Card44
8
ScerriMark Scerri (C)
7
KamplKevin Kampl
9
VellaTerence Vella
Substitution65
8
RepRajko Rep (C)
Goal45+2
13
CamilleriYessous Camilleri
Yellow Card29
10
LazarevičDejan Lazarevič
Goal57
14
C. BorgClyde Borg
Substitution46
14
Delamea-MlinarAntonio Delamea-Mlinar
15
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
15
JeleničEnej Jelenič
Yellow Card84
Goal86
16
GauciMatthew Gauci
Yellow Card84
16
M. MevljaMiha Mevlja
Substitution46
17
CaruanaTristan Caruana
Substitution46
19
BerićRobert Berić
Goal32
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
BalzanDaniel Balzan (GK)
12
RadanMatej Radan (GK)
3
MartinelliLuca Martinelli
4
BožičBlaž Božič
6
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
Substitution46
6
MitrovičNemanja Mitrovič
Substitution46
10
CiantarMiguel Ciantar
Substitution65
Yellow Card76
9
ČrnčičLeon Črnčič
Substitution85
11
J. FarrugiaJean Paul Farrugia
13
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
Substitution67
19
I. GrechIsmael Grech
17
FinkMatic Fink
23
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
Substitution46
18
MilecMartin Milec

Coach

Raymond Farrugia (MLT) Tomaž Kavčič (SVN)

Referee

Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)

Assistant referees

Evgeni Belski (KAZ), Bagytpek Kopzhassarov (KAZ)

Fourth official

Igor Khissamutdinov (KAZ)

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