Slovenia show goalscoring prowess

Published: Thursday 2 October 2008, 1.39CET
Greece 4-6 Slovenia
Slovenia celebrated reaching the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ play-offs with an extraordinary victory in Greece.
Slovenia show goalscoring prowess
Slovenia will be in Monday's play-off draw ©UEFA
Published: Thursday 2 October 2008, 1.39CET

Slovenia show goalscoring prowess

Greece 4-6 Slovenia
Slovenia celebrated reaching the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ play-offs with an extraordinary victory in Greece.
Slovenia celebrated reaching the UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ play-offs with an extraordinary victory in Greece.

Zver hat-trick
Switzerland's defeat by Germany on Wednesday ensured that Slovenia would go into the play-offs as one of the four best third-placed teams, a position in Group 3 they had confirmed when Greece lost 5-0 at home to Serbia on Saturday. And a hat-trick from Mateja Zver was the key for a win that takes Slovenia, who began the group as the lowest seeds, into Monday's draw for the two-legged qualifying ties on 25/26 and 29/30 October in high spirits.

Goal feat
The visitors were 2-0 up within 20 minutes through Zver and Anja Milenkovič but Anthoula Arvanitaki reduced arrears by half-time. Alena Milkovič made it 3-1 early in the second half but Anastasia Papadopoulou pulled one back and Dimitra Panteleiadou equalised in the 76th minute. But Snezana Malešević swiftly restored Slovenia's lead and Zver scored on 83 and 85 minutes to settle the game despite Arvanitaki claiming her second goal. Slovenia will now aim to reach their first women's finals.

Optimistic Batsilas
Despite his side finishing on only three points, Greece coach Dimitrios Batsilas struck an optimistic note. "Anyone who has followed the campaign understood that the youngest team in Europe, ours, has the whole future ahead of them. We fought, reversed the score, but lost when playing aggressively to get the victory."

Last updated: 02/10/08 21.48CET

Related information

Lineup

Greece

Greece

Slovenia

Slovenia

7Maria Adamaki12Jadranka Knezevič (GK) (C)
9Anthoula Arvanitaki
Goal26'
Substitution88'
Goal88'
10Snežana Maleševič
Goal78'
10Natalia Chatzigiannidou (C)14Anja Milenkovič
4Eleni Kakambouki7Andreja Nikl
15Kalomoira Kontomichi
Substitution81'
3Saša Peruš
3Kyriaki Kynossidou9Nataša Petrovič
Yellow Card63'
11Dimitra Panteliadou
Yellow Card65'
Goal76'
2Ksenja Povh
14Anastasia Papadopoulou
Goal63'
8Mateja Zver
Goal14'
Goal83'
Goal85'
Substitution90+2'
21Ekaterini Tsiapanou
Yellow Card41'
Substitution67'
18Tjaša Tibaut
Substitution79'
16Magdalina Tsoukala
Yellow Card36'
5Alena Milkovič
Goal19'
Goal47'
1Anastasia Velli (GK)6Urška Žganec
Substitution62'

Substitutes

5Panagiota Chalkiadaki
Substitution67'
17Estera Vehar
6Efthichia Michailidou
Substitution81'
13Manja Benak
8Aspasia Skiada16Špela Vehar
Substitution90+2'
17Aristea Theodoraki
Substitution88'
4Adrijana Bogolin
12Aikaterini Falida (GK)1Lucija Mori (GK)
20Panagiota Tselekoglou15Tanja Vrabel
Substitution62'
18Glykeria Gkatzogianni11Fata Salkunič
Substitution79'

Coach

Dimitrios Batsilas (GRE) Tanja Lekic (SVN)

Referee

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Assistant referees

Anu Jokela (FIN), Tonja Paavola (FIN)

Fourth official

Eleni Kiriou (GRE)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Greece

    Greece

    Next match womensworldcup: v Scotland, 21 August 2010
  • Slovenia

    Slovenia

    Next match womensworldcup: v Finland, 25 August 2010
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