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

AlbaniaSlovenia

Goals scored1
 
0
Total attempts11
 
12
Attempts on target6
 
8
off target4
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
12

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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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: 17/10/12 1.12CET

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Lineup

Albania

Albania

Slovenia

Slovenia

12Etrit Berisha (GK)1Samir Handanovič (GK) (C)
2Andi Lila
Yellow Card63
2Mišo Brečko
5Lorik Cana (C)4Marko Šuler
Yellow Card79
7Ansi Agolli13Bojan Jokić
8Ervin Bulku14Zlatko Dedič
Substitution59
9Edgar Çani
Substitution75
16Dominic Maroh
11Emilian Vila
Yellow Card44
Substitution84
17Andraž Kirm
Yellow Card58
15Mërgim Mavraj18Aleksandar Radosavljevič
Substitution77
16Armando Sadiku
Substitution46
19Josip Iličić
Yellow Card38
Substitution73
20Burim Kukeli22Aleš Mertelj
Yellow Card21
21Odise Roshi
Goal36
Yellow Card37
23Tim Matavž

Substitutes

1Samir Ujkani (GK)12Jasmin Handanovič (GK)
23Orges Shehi (GK)3Dejan Kelhar
3Franc Veliu5Gregor Balažic
4Armend Dallku
Substitution84
6Kevin Kampl
Substitution77
6Debatik Curri
Substitution75
7Mirnes Šišić
Substitution73
10Jahmir Hyka8Jasmin Kurtič
13Sabien Lilaj9Robert Berič
14Renato Arapi10Džengis Čavuševič
Substitution59
17Gilman Lika11Goran Cvijanovič
18Hamdi Salihi
Substitution46
15Andraž Struna
19Alban Meha20Nejc Pečnik
22Tefik Osmani21Armin Bačinović

Coach

Giovanni de Biasi (ITA) Slaviša Stojanovic (SVN)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Magnus Sjöblom (SWE), Per Brogevik (SWE)

Fourth official

Michael Lerjeus (SWE)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Albania

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Norway, 22 March 2013, 0-1
  • Slovenia

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Iceland, 22 March 2013, 1-2
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