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Slovenia make Switzerland pay penalty

Published: Thursday 9 October 2014, 22.42CET
Slovenia 1-0 Switzerland
Samir Handanovič made a string of vital saves before Milivoje Novakovič's 79th-minute penalty got Slovenia off the mark.
by Grega Sever
from Stadion Ljudski vrt

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Match statistics

SloveniaSwitzerland

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)35
 
65
Total attempts8
 
18
on target1
 
6
off target6
 
9
blocked1
 
3
against woodwork0
1
Corners2
 
10
Offsides4
 
4
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
15

Standings

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Published: Thursday 9 October 2014, 22.42CET

Slovenia make Switzerland pay penalty

Slovenia 1-0 Switzerland
Samir Handanovič made a string of vital saves before Milivoje Novakovič's 79th-minute penalty got Slovenia off the mark.

Milivoje Novakovič's penalty with 11 minutes left secured Slovenia the points
Switzerland are still without a Group E point despite dominating
Samir Handanovič made a string of crucial saves for Slovenia
Haris Seferovič came closest for the visitors when he hit the post
Next games: Lithuania v Slovenia (Sunday), San Marino v Switzerland (Tuesday) 

Slovenia bounced back from their opening UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E loss in Estonia as Milivoje Novakovič's penalty condemned Switzerland to a second defeat from as many fixtures.

The visitors dominated proceedings early on, pushing hard down the flanks. In the third minute Valon Behrami sent in a header from a Ricardo Rodriguez cross but Samir Handanovič made a comfortable stop. The Swiss might have taken the lead in the 14th minute as Xherdan Shaqiri slalomed his way into the box but had his strike blocked; when Granit Xhaka latched onto the rebound, Handanovič saved from close range.

With Switzerland having much of the possession, Slovenia did not threaten until the 22th minute. Novakovič shot over the bar and later Philippe Senderos got in the way of Zlatan Ljubijankič's effort. The away team were spurred to respond, Haris Seferovič smashing an attempt onto the post. Rodriguez was then narrowly off target in the 42nd minute, and moments later Seferovič received the ball in front of goal only for Handanovič to be the hero once again.

Introducing Jasmin Kurtič for Ljubijankič, Slovenia started the second half in better shape but soon the Swiss returned to the front foot, Shaqiri firing off target and Handanovič frustrating both Rodriguez and Gökhan Inler.

Yet against this backdrop Slovenia somehow scored. When Dejan Lazarevič released Kevin Kampl in the 79th minute, he burst into the box and Johan Djorou took him down. Novakovič's spot kick promptly beat the dive of Yann Sommer. Switzerland threw everything back into attack but, after their opening loss at home to England, were beaten again.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.28CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013845/postmatch/report/index.html#slovenia+down+swiss

Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Switzerland

Switzerland

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
4
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
Substitution70
6
B. IlićBranko Ilić
8
InlerGökhan Inler (C)
Substitution82
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Yellow Card36
Substitution46
9
SeferovićHaris Seferović
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution55
10
XhakaGranit Xhaka
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Goal79
11
BehramiValon Behrami
15
Andraž StrunaAndraž Struna
13
RodríguezRicardo Rodríguez
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution72
19
DrmicJosip Drmic
Substitution74
20
KamplKevin Kampl
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
Yellow Card79
22
MerteljAleš Mertelj
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri

Substitutes

16
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
21
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
12
BelecVid Belec (GK)
12
HitzMarwin Hitz (GK)
3
FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
3
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
4
BalažicGregor Balažic
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
Substitution70
7
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution72
6
WidmerSilvan Widmer
8
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
Substitution46
7
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
13
VilerMitja Viler
14
FreyMichael Frey
14
LazarevičDejan Lazarevič
Substitution55
Yellow Card90+4
15
DžemailiBlerim Džemaili
18
RotmanRajko Rotman
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
19
MarohDominic Maroh
17
KasamiPajtim Kasami
Substitution82
21
MilecMartin Milec
18
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution74
23
MatavžTim Matavž
22
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Vladimir Petković (SUI)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Mike Pickel (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Häcker (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Deniz Aytekin (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution