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Last-gasp Russia win in Slovenia

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 18.11CET
Slovenia 0-1 Russia
Aleksei Nikitin's goal in second-half added time proved the difference as the visitors clinched their fourth Group 2 victory.
by Rok Šinkovc
from ŠRC Bonifika Stadium
Last-gasp Russia win in Slovenia
Nikolai Pisarev's side left it late to clinch maximum points in Slovenia ©Getty Images

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Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 18.11CET

Last-gasp Russia win in Slovenia

Slovenia 0-1 Russia
Aleksei Nikitin's goal in second-half added time proved the difference as the visitors clinched their fourth Group 2 victory.

Russia remain firmly in the hunt for qualification from UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 2 after a last-gasp victory over Slovenia.

Nikolai Pisarev's men look set to push Denmark all the way in the section after skipper Aleksei Nikitin struck deep into second-half stoppage time to secure Russia's fourth victory. Hosts Slovenia remain second bottom with five points from their opening six fixtures.

Russia were on the front foot from kick-off with Konstantin Bazelyuk, their top scorer in qualifying, drawing an early save from Ažbe Jug. Slovenia soon responded and created a chance of their own thanks to Haris Vučkič's fine cross but Andraž Šporar could only head over.

A Bazelyuk effort that flew narrowly past the right post and Dmitri Kayumov's miss from close range were the closest Russia came either side of the interval. However, just as Slovenia seemed to have earned a share of the spoils, Russia scored from the final corner of the match two minutes into added time. Nikitin was first to react to a loose ball in the area and tapped in the winner.

Slovenia coach Tomaž Kavčič said: "I do not blame the players for this result and the late goal, they fought hard. We've seen that some Russian players are better prepared and more powerful. Unfortunately, we come away from a home game without any points again."

Last updated: 05/06/15 6.18CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Russia

Russia

1
JugAžbe Jug (GK)
1
BaburinEgor Baburin (GK)
2
PalčičMatej Palčič
2
TenPetr Ten
3
JanžaErik Janža
3
ZuevIlya Zuev
4
BlažičMiha Blažič (GK)
4
NikitinAleksei Nikitin (C)
Yellow Card79
Goal90+2
6
KrajncLuka Krajnc
Yellow Card38
5
SemenovAndrey Semenov
7
ŠporarAndraž Šporar
6
KayumovDmitri Kayumov
Substitution64
8
ČrnicMatic Črnic
Substitution66
7
MogilevetsPavel Mogilevets
9
VučkičHaris Vučkič (C)
8
EmelyanovRoman Emelyanov
10
JeleničEnej Jelenič
9
EfremovDmitri Efremov
Yellow Card23
Substitution75
14
VrhovecBlaž Vrhovec
Yellow Card36
10
KozlovAleksandr Kozlov
16
ŽibertUrban Žibert
Substitution46
11
BazelyukKonstantin Bazelyuk
Substitution68

Substitutes

12
CotmanAljaž Cotman (GK)
12
Leonov Artem Leonov (GK)
11
PučkoMatej Pučko
Substitution66
13
TerentyevDenis Terentyev
13
KousŽiga Kous
14
KnyazevIvan Knyazev
15
ZajcMiha Zajc
15
LambarskiIgor Lambarski
Substitution64
17
BratanovičElvis Bratanovič
16
NurovGeorgi Nurov
Substitution75
18
ŠmeDenis Šme
17
DavydovDenis Davydov
Substitution68
20
BenedičičŽan Benedičič
Substitution46
Yellow Card77
18
ManzonVadim Manzon

Coach

Tomaž Kavčič (SVN) Nikolai Pisarev (RUS)

Referee

Marius Avram (ROU)

Assistant referees

Miklos Istvan Nagy (ROU), Valentin Avram (ROU)

Fourth official

Adrian Comanescu (ROU)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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