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Novikovas penalty helps Lithuania hold Slovenia

Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.14CET
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Arvydas Novikovas's penalty cancelled out Valter Birsa's as the visitors held a home side whose hopes of automatic qualification were ended.
by Gregor Sever
from Stadion Stožice

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Match statistics

SloveniaLithuania

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts19
 
6
on target5
 
1
off target9
 
4
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
3
Offsides5
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
20
Fouls suffered19
 
14

Standings

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Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.14CET

Novikovas penalty helps Lithuania hold Slovenia

Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Arvydas Novikovas's penalty cancelled out Valter Birsa's as the visitors held a home side whose hopes of automatic qualification were ended.

  • Slovenia's hopes of automatic qualification ended by draw
  • Hosts go ahead through Valter Birsa's first-half spot kick
  • Arvydas Novikovas scores penalty at other end in 79th minute
  • Match paused for six minutes in second half due to floodlight malfunction 
  • Final qualifiers: San Marino v Slovenia, Lithuania v England (Monday)

Slovenia and Lithuania traded penalties in Ljubljana as the hosts' hopes of automatic qualification were ended, though they are still favourites to grab the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E play-off spot.

Srečko Katanec's home team opened ambitiously and went at the Lithuanian defence from the off. Robert Berić, Jasmin Kurtič, René Krhin and Valter Birsa all had efforts but the yellow-shirted visitors stood firm. Lithuania had chances of their own as Slovenia conceded a number of set pieces in their own half and Vykintas Slivka's attempt went just the wrong side of the post.

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Action from Ljubljana

Yet with seconds to go until the interval Kurtič's strike was blocked in the box by Marius Žaliukas's arm. Birsa was cool from the spot, sending Emilijus Zubas the wrong way. Come the restart, Slovenia came out of the dressing room with guns blazing once again, Dejan Lazarevič shooting wide and Berić being denied by a reflex save.

A six-minute delay caused by floodlight problems gave Lithuania the opportunity to regroup and, upon the resumption of play, Arvydas Novikovas fired narrowly over, though the Slovene side continued to have the majority of the play.

Even so, their Baltic guests levelled with 11 minutes to go after a rare cross into the home area caught the arm of Branko Ilić and Novikovas drilled his conversion into the net. Slovenia scrambled for a winning goal with all they had but Lithuania stood firm.

Last updated: 12/10/15 19.36CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014034/postmatch/report/index.html#lithuania+hold+slovenia

Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Lithuania

Lithuania

1
HandanovičSamir Handanovič (GK)
12
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
5
CesarBoštjan Cesar (C)
2
KlimavičiusLinas Klimavičius
6
B. IlićBranko Ilić
3
FreidgeimasGeorgas Freidgeimas
7
IličićJosip Iličić
Substitution90
4
SlavickasVaidas Slavickas
8
KurtičJasmin Kurtič
6
ŽaliukasMarius Žaliukas (C)
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution90
10
BirsaValter Birsa
Goal45+1
10
SlivkaVykintas Slivka
Substitution69
13
JokićBojan Jokić
11
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas
Goal79
14
LazarevičDejan Lazarevič
Yellow Card30
Substitution73
17
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
15
Andraž StrunaAndraž Struna
Yellow Card19
18
PankaMindaugas Panka
Yellow Card60
20
BerićRobert Berić
Substitution62
19
SpalvisLukas Spalvis
21
KrhinRené Krhin
22
ČernychFiodor Černych
Yellow Card15
Substitution63

Substitutes

16
VidmarNejc Vidmar (GK)
1
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
12
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
21
BartkusDziugas Bartkus (GK)
2
KrajncLuka Krajnc
5
MikuckisTomas Mikuckis
Substitution90
3
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
7
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Substitution63
4
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
8
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
9
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
Substitution62
9
MatulevičiusDeivydas Matulevičius
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
13
PetravičiusDeimantas Petravičius
Substitution69
Yellow Card90+3
18
RotmanRajko Rotman
14
PilibaitisLinas Pilibaitis
19
PečnikNejc Pečnik
Substitution73
15
KuklysMantas Kuklys
22
SkubicNejc Skubic
16
VeliulisErnestas Veliulis
23
MatavžTim Matavž
Substitution90
20
BaravykasRolandas Baravykas
23
AndriuškevičiusVytautas Andriuškevičius

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Igoris Pankratjevas (LTU)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Davie Goossens (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution