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Novakovič double helps Slovenia topple Lithuania

Published: Sunday 12 October 2014, 22.39CET
Lithuania 0-2 Slovenia
Milivoje Novakovič scored a pair of first-half goals as the visitors ended Lithuania's perfect Group E record in Vilnius.

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Match statistics

LithuaniaSlovenia

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)47
 
53
Total attempts14
 
11
on target4
 
5
off target7
 
4
blocked3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
1
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
10

Standings

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Published: Sunday 12 October 2014, 22.39CET

Novakovič double helps Slovenia topple Lithuania

Lithuania 0-2 Slovenia
Milivoje Novakovič scored a pair of first-half goals as the visitors ended Lithuania's perfect Group E record in Vilnius.

Two first-half Milivoje Novakovič goals secure Slovenia win
Lithuania's perfect Group E start ended in Vilnius
Visitors clinch successive victories after beating Switzerland on Thursday
Both sides on six points with three games played
Next games: Switzerland v Lithuania, England v Slovenia (15 November)

A pair of goals from Milivoje Novakovič secured the points for Slovenia as they ended Lithuania's perfect start to Group E.

With two wins from their opening two games, the home side were expected to assert themselves on the opposition, but – having beaten Switzerland last time out – Slovenia were not in Vilnius to make up the numbers. The visitors went close early on as Jasmin Kurtič drifted in from the left and fizzed a low shot a whisker wide, before Fiodor Černych missed narrowly at the other end.

Lithuania were the more assertive side through most of the half, though only had Arvydas Novikovas's spectacular but wayward volley to show for it, and Slovenia displayed their clinical edge to earn a dominant lead by the break.

First, on 33 minutes, Nejc Pečnik slipped a lovely pass to Novakovič for the forward to control and finish, and then Kevin Kampl sprinted clear on the left and crossed low to allow the No11 to double his personal tally, slotting in at the second attempt after a good save from Giedrius Arlauskis.

Buoyed by their cushion, Srečko Katanec's side were happy to sit back and soak up pressure after the interval, something they did remarkably effectively. Despite being two down, the hosts barely troubled Samir Handanovič in the Slovenia goal – Gediminas Vičius volleyed wide, Novikovas thrashed well over from range and Mišo Brečko blocked from Saulius Mikoliunas.

The visitors thus eased to the win to put themselves in a strong position in the section, something few thought possible after their opening defeat in Estonia.

Last updated: 03/06/15 3.06CET

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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

Slovenia

Slovenia

1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
3
FreidgeimasGeorgas Freidgeimas
2
BrečkoMišo Brečko
4
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas (C)
Yellow Card90+3
4
StevanovićDalibor Stevanović
Yellow Card23
Substitution46
7
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
8
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
6
B. IlićBranko Ilić
9
MatulevičiusDeivydas Matulevičius
Yellow Card45+3
7
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution66
11
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas
Yellow Card45+3
8
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
15
ChvedukasKarolis Chvedukas
Yellow Card56
Substitution75
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Goal33
Goal37
18
PankaMindaugas Panka
Substitution32
15
Andraž StrunaAndraž Struna
22
ČernychFiodor Černych
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
Substitution86
23
AndriuškevičiusVytautas Andriuškevičius
20
KamplKevin Kampl

Substitutes

21
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
16
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
12
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
12
BelecVid Belec (GK)
2
VičiusGediminas Vičius
Substitution32
3
FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
5
SlavickasVaidas Slavickas
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
6
Tautvydas EliošiusTautvydas Eliošius
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution66
10
KalonasMindaugas Kalonas
13
VilerMitja Viler
13
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliūnas
Substitution75
14
LazarevičDejan Lazarevič
Substitution86
14
LukšaVytautas Lukša
18
RotmanRajko Rotman
16
BeniušisRičardas Beniušis
19
MarohDominic Maroh
17
KuklysMantas Kuklys
21
MilecMartin Milec
19
StankevičiusSimonas Stankevičius
22
MerteljAleš Mertelj
Substitution46
20
BorovskijValdemar Borovskij
23
MatavžTim Matavž

Coach

Igoris Pankratjevas (LTU) Srečko Katanec (SVN)

Referee

Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Michael Karsiotis (GRE), Dimitris Tatsis (GRE)

Fourth official

Christos Baltas (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Athenasios Giachos (GRE), Andreas Pappas (GRE)

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