World Cup Qualifying - European - Group F
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Slovenia 1-0 Slovakia

Slovenia's Rok Kronaveter (right) and Miral Samardzic celebrate their winner
Slovenia's Rok Kronaveter (right) and Miral Samardzic celebrate their winner

Slovenia recorded a deserved win over their more illustrious visitors to set up Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against group leaders England.

The group's fourth seeds had the better of the game throughout and saw their pressure pay off when Rok Kronaveter came off the bench to score.

The result moves them on to four points, level with Scotland and two points behind Gareth Southgate's side.

Slovakia, seeded second, have no points from their opening two games.

Their meeting with Scotland in Trnava on Tuesday is one they cannot afford to lose, with the Scots also needing to make up for dropped points at home to Lithuania, as both countries cling on to hopes of a play-off place.

Superior Slovenia

Having missed out on Euro 2016 after finishing third in England's qualifying group and losing a play-off to Ukraine, Srecko Katanec's side came into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw in Lithuania.

That could yet be a precious point as they proved that, at home, they will be stiff opposition.

In a match of few clear-cut opportunities, Roman Bezjak had a first-half shot pushed onto the bar brilliantly by Kozacik.

But as a goal-less draw looked the likeliest outcome, Josip Ilicic found Kronaveter with a precise pass and the player who plies his trade in Ljubljana with Olimpija guided the ball past the keeper.

Sloppy Slovakia

After the agony of losing an injury-time goal in the first match to England, the Euro 2016 finalists rarely looked like troubling Jan Oblak in the Slovenian goal.

Only once was the Atletico Madrid keeper called into action, saving a Robert Mak effort with his legs.

Playmaker Marek Hamsik was subdued, marshalled well by Rene Krhin, and failed to influence the game.

Scotland must ensure the same happens on Tuesday, with both teams knowing the loser can forget Russia 2018.

Line-ups

Slovenia

  • 1Oblak
  • 23StrunaBooked at 80mins
  • 4Samardzic
  • 5CesarBooked at 14mins
  • 13Jokic
  • 6KrhinBooked at 26mins
  • 8KurticSubstituted forKronaveterat 72'minutes
  • 21Verbic
  • 10BirsaSubstituted forNovakovicat 68'minutes
  • 14BezjakSubstituted forMevljaat 90+1'minutes
  • 7Ilicic

Substitutes

  • 2Skubic
  • 3Jovic
  • 9Crnic
  • 11Novakovic
  • 12Belec
  • 15Trajkovski
  • 16Koprivec
  • 17Mevlja
  • 18Kronaveter
  • 19Zajc
  • 20Pihler
  • 22Omladic

Slovakia

  • 1Kozácik
  • 14PauschekSubstituted forSaboat 79'minutes
  • 15HubocanBooked at 56mins
  • 16SalataBooked at 31mins
  • 4DuricaBooked at 68mins
  • 18SventoSubstituted forHolubekat 79'minutes
  • 6Gregus
  • 13HrosovskySubstituted forDurisat 79'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 19KuckaBooked at 88mins
  • 20Mak
  • 17Hamsik

Substitutes

  • 2Stetina
  • 5Sabo
  • 8Kiss
  • 9Povazanec
  • 10Bakos
  • 11Nemec
  • 12Novota
  • 21Duris
  • 22Holubek
  • 23Dubravka
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli
Attendance:
10,492

Match Stats

Home TeamSloveniaAway TeamSlovakia
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Slovenia 1, Slovakia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Slovenia 1, Slovakia 0.

Attempt missed. Jan Durica (Slovakia) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Marek Hamsik.

Hand ball by Josip Ilicic (Slovenia).

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Miha Mevlja replaces Roman Bezjak.

Foul by Tomas Hubocan (Slovakia).

Milivoje Novakovic (Slovenia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Juraj Kucka (Slovakia).

Booking

Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Slovakia. Jakub Holubek tries a through ball, but Robert Mak is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josip Ilicic (Slovenia) because of an injury.

Booking

Michal Duris (Slovakia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josip Ilicic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michal Duris (Slovakia).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Roman Bezjak (Slovenia) because of an injury.

Booking

Aljaz Struna (Slovenia) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Aljaz Struna (Slovenia).

Marek Hamsik (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Erik Sabo replaces Lukas Pauschek.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Jakub Holubek replaces Dusan Svento.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Michal Duris replaces Patrik Hrosovsky.

Benjamin Verbic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Jan Gregus (Slovakia).

Goal!

Goal! Slovenia 1, Slovakia 0. Rok Kronaveter (Slovenia) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josip Ilicic.

Offside, Slovakia. Jan Durica tries a through ball, but Dusan Svento is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Rok Kronaveter replaces Jasmin Kurtic.

Booking

Jan Durica (Slovakia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Roman Bezjak (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jan Durica (Slovakia).

Substitution

Substitution, Slovenia. Milivoje Novakovic replaces Valter Birsa.

Foul by Miral Samardzic (Slovenia).

Marek Hamsik (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Miral Samardzic (Slovenia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dusan Svento (Slovakia).

Foul by Aljaz Struna (Slovenia).

Dusan Svento (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rene Krhin (Slovenia).

Juraj Kucka (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands21105234
2France21104134
3Sweden21102114
4Bulgaria210157-23
5Belarus201114-31
6Luxembourg200235-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland22005236
2Faroe Islands21102024
3Portugal21016243
4Latvia210112-13
5Hungary201123-11
6Andorra200207-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany22006066
2Azerbaijan22002026
3Northern Ireland21104044
4Czech Rep201103-31
5Norway200204-40
6San Marino200205-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales21106244
2Serbia21105234
3Austria21104314
4R. of Ireland21103214
5Georgia200213-20
6Moldova200207-70

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Montenegro21106154
2Romania21106154
3Poland21105414
4Denmark21013303
5Kazakhstan201127-51
6Armenia200206-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22003036
2Scotland21106244
3Slovenia21103214
4Lithuania20203302
5Slovakia200202-20
6Malta200217-60

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Albania22004136
2Spain21109184
3Italy21104224
4Israel210134-13
5Macedonia200224-20
6Liechtenstein2002010-100

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22007076
2Greece22006156
3Bos-Herze21015413
4Estonia210145-13
5Cyprus200205-50
6Gibraltar200218-70

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia21107164
2Iceland21104314
3Ukraine20203302
4Turkey20203302
5Finland201134-11
6Kosovo201117-61
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