Slovenia beats Serbia 1-0 in Euro qualifier
Slovenia beat Serbia 1-0 in a European Championship qualifier
Tuesday, eliminating the visitors and sending Estonia into the
playoffs for the 2012 competition.
Dare Vrsic sent a high cross into the Serbian penalty box that
grazed the bar and ended up in the net behind surprised goalkeeper
Bojan Jorgacevic in first-half injury time.
Serbia captain Nemanja Vidic, playing his first game after an
eight-week injury layoff, then missed a penalty in the 65th when
his low shot was easily saved by Slovenian goalkeeper Samir
The result meant that Estonia placed second in Group C and
advanced to the playoffs, while Serbia was eliminated after
finishing third. Italy won the group.
The Slovenes, who have previously never beaten a team from the
former Yugoslavia, had more possession in the first half but failed
to create serious scoring chances even though Serbia played
nervously under the pressure.
In the second, Serbia tried to press forward while Slovenia
relied on counterattacks. One of those attacks nearly paid off when
Tim Matavz’s shot went just wide in the 58th.
Serbia’s first shot on target came in the 60th when substitute
Milos Krasic fired a volley from close range, but Handanovic made a
spectacular reflex save.
”It wasn’t our day today,” Serbia coach Vladimir Petrovic
said. ”They scored a lucky goal, and we didn’t convert a penalty.
What more is there to say.”
Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Miso Brecko (Branko Ilic, 65), Marko
Suler, Bostjan Cesar, Zlatan Ljubijankic, Bojan Jokic, Andraz Kirm,
Aleksandar Radosavljevic, Armin Bacinovic (Rene Krhin, 69), Dare
Vrsic (Valter Birta, 76), Tim Matavz.
Serbia: Bojan Jorgacevic, Nemanja Vidic, Branislav Ivanovic,
Zoran Tosic, Dejan Stankovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Milan Jovanovic
(Milos Krasic, 57), Radosav Petrovic (Marko Pantelic, 51), Milos
Ninkovic (Nenad Milijas, 72), Neven Subotic, Dragan Mrdja.