Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa - Tirana 16/10/2012 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Albania - Slovenia
1-0
 

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Roshi lifts Albania as Slovenia slump

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.45CET
Albania 1-0 Slovenia
A first-half goal by Odise Roshi earned Albania their second Group E victory and left Slovenia, South Africa 2010 finalists, joint-bottom alongside Cyprus.
by Fatjon Pandovski
from Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa
Roshi lifts Albania as Slovenia slump
Albania players celebrate Odise Roshi's (L) first-half strike ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Albania
Slovenia

1

Goals scored

0

11

Total attempts

12

6

Attempts on target

8

4

off target

2

0

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

4

Corners

4

2

Offsides

4

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

0

13

Fouls committed

11

11

Fouls suffered

12

Lineups

Albania

Albania

Slovenia

Slovenia

12Berisha (GK)1Handanovič (GK) (C)
2Lila
63
2Brečko
5Cana (C)4Šuler
79
7Agolli13Jokić
8Bulku14Dedič
59
9Çani
75
16Maroh
11Vila
44
84
17Kirm
58
15Mavraj18Radosavljevič
77
16Sadiku
46
19Iličić
38
73
20Kukeli22Mertelj
21
21Roshi
36
37
23Matavž

Substitutes

1Ujkani (GK)12J. Handanovič (GK)
23Shehi (GK)3Kelhar
3Veliu5Balažic
4Dallku
84
6Kampl
77
6Çurri
75
7Šišić
73
10Hyka8Kurtič
13Lilaj9Berič
14Arapi10Čavuševič
59
17G. Lika11Cvijanovič
18Salihi
46
15Andraž Struna
19Meha20Pečnik
22Osmani21Bačinović

Coaches

Giovanni de Biasi (ALB) Slaviša Stojanovic (SVN)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Press kits

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 19:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 23.45CET

Roshi lifts Albania as Slovenia slump

Albania 1-0 Slovenia
A first-half goal by Odise Roshi earned Albania their second Group E victory and left Slovenia, South Africa 2010 finalists, joint-bottom alongside Cyprus.

Albania responded to Friday's disappointing home defeat by Iceland in ideal fashion, beating Slovenia 1-0 to record their second win in four 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Winless in their last five meetings with Slovenia, Albania bucked that trend and, in the process, prevented a third straight qualifying defeat. A first-half strike from Odise Roshi proved sufficient for Gianni De Biassi's hosts, who put in a sterling defensive effort.

With Roshi in the starting lineup, Albania showed more spark in attack than in recent outings, and though Ervin Bulku and Andi Lila were off target, the FSV Frankfurt forward found the net after 37 minutes from Emilian Vila's assist. It still took Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha to keep his side in front at the interval, though, the debutant catching the eye with a string of saves from Josip Iličić, Zlatko Dedič and Andraž Kirm.

Slovenia attacked more after the break and Albania sat back, soaking up pressure with the help of the defensive reinforcements that De Biassi sent on in the shape of Debatik Curri and Armend Dallku. "I am very happy for the players and the fans," De Biassi said after the match. "We showed that we were able to bounce back and silence the sceptics who didn't believe in our strength. We are where we want to be."

Albania lie one point behind second-placed Norway, whom they face in their next two matches in March and June next year. Now fifth in the group, Slaviša Stojanovic's Slovenia, who have just three points from a possible 12, will seek a big improvement in their double-header with Iceland in the same months.

Last updated: 08/05/14 7.06CET

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