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Estonia hold firm to grab Slovenia win

Published: Wednesday 14 August 2013, 22.06CET
Slovenia 0-1 Estonia
A first-half goal from Artur Rättel and some outstanding goalkeeping from Marko Meerits helped the visitors to their first victory of Group 2.
by Grega Sever
from Ob Jezeru Stadium
Estonia hold firm to grab Slovenia win
Slovenia's Elvis Bratanovič (right) and Maksim Podholjuzin of Estonia compete for the ball ©SPS

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Published: Wednesday 14 August 2013, 22.06CET

Estonia hold firm to grab Slovenia win

Slovenia 0-1 Estonia
A first-half goal from Artur Rättel and some outstanding goalkeeping from Marko Meerits helped the visitors to their first victory of Group 2.

A first-half goal from Artur Rättel kick-started Estonia's UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign as Slovenia endured a frustrating evening.

Rättel made the breakthrough on 22 minutes, collecting Andreas Raudsepp's low cross, turning marker Nemanja Mitrovič and firing in. At the break a 1-0 lead was the least Estonia deserved but Slovenia laid siege to their goal in the second half. Only some wayward finishing and outstanding saves from Marko Meerits denied them at least a share of the Group 2 spoils.

"We needed this success after two bad games," said Estonia coach Martin Reim, whose team moved second with four points from three games with the win. "I expected a tough match, but we were better in the first half. We knew Slovenia would press hard in the second half, but we held on and had chances to score. This victory is very important for our confidence."

Meerits will certainly have high morale after an outstanding performance, largely at the expense of the lively Andraž Šporar. The striker went close with his feet, with his head and even in a one-on-one early in the second half but the goalkeeper stood firm. "This is a disappointment," home coach Tomaž Kavčič conceded after what was his team's first qualifier.

Last updated: 05/06/15 10.23CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Estonia

Estonia

1
JugAžbe Jug (GK)
12
MeeritsMarko Meerits (GK) (C)
2
KousŽiga Kous
2
BaranovNikita Baranov
4
BlažičMiha Blažič
Substitution46
3
MetsKarol Mets
5
MitrovičNemanja Mitrovič (C)
4
PodholjuzinMaksim Podholjuzin
6
DobrovoljcGaber Dobrovoljc
Substitution83
5
KulinitšAleksandr Kulinitš
Yellow Card50
7
ŠporarAndraž Šporar
7
LipinMaksim Lipin
Substitution90+4
9
VučkičHaris Vučkič
Yellow Card88
8
RaudseppAndreas Raudsepp
10
JeleničEnej Jelenič
Yellow Card66
11
PikkArtur Pikk
Substitution81
13
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
13
AntonovIlja Antonov
17
BratanovičElvis Bratanovič
Substitution71
15
AnierHannes Anier
21
DerviševićAmir Dervišević
17
RättelArtur Rättel
Goal22
Substitution65

Substitutes

12
CotmanAljaž Cotman (GK)
22
ReimanRiido Reiman (GK)
3
JanžaErik Janža
6
LepistuBrent Lepistu
8
ČrnicMatic Črnic
Substitution46
9
MöölKarl Mööl
Substitution65
11
PučkoMatej Pučko
Substitution71
10
ElhiTrevor Elhi
Substitution81
14
PalčičMatej Palčič
14
KlemmerBert Klemmer
15
ZajcMiha Zajc
16
IndermitteJoel Indermitte
18
PlojAlen Ploj
Substitution83
18
MüttMarten Mütt
Substitution90+4

Coach

Tomaž Kavčič (SVN) Martin Reim (EST)

Referee

Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Mykola Levko (UKR), Serhiy Bekker (UKR)

Fourth official

Ivan Bondar (UKR)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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