SLOVENIA DRAW

A late error proved costly as Slovenia only drew with Serbia. Slovenia took the lead through striker Milivoje Novakovic in the 63rd minute and appeared to be headed to victory when Serbia’s Nikola Zigic capitalised on poor marking in the box to head home. Following their surpise defeat to Northern Ireland on Friday, Slovenia came into the match hungry for redemption. This showed early on as Slovenia looked more dangerous with the ball.


A late error proved costly as Slovenia only drew with Serbia. Slovenia took the lead through striker Milivoje Novakovic in the 63rd minute and appeared to be headed to victory when Serbia’s Nikola Zigic capitalised on poor marking in the box to head home. Following their surpise defeat to Northern Ireland on Friday, Slovenia came into the match hungry for redemption. This showed early on as Slovenia looked more dangerous with the ball.

Slovenia’s first chance came in the 19th minute, when striker Zlatko Dedic sent a pinpoint pass from the left wing by Andraz Kirm wide of the goal. Dedic had another golden opportunity only seven minutes later, but his shot from eight metres out again went wide.

Slovenia had one more chance before the half, but Novakovic’s free kick on the edge of box sailed over the goal. Serbia took the initiative early on in the second half, but a rock-solid Slovenian midfield prevented Serbia from getting close to the Slovenian goal.

The tide turned in the 62nd minute, when Dedic fired from the edge of the box only to find Serbian goalkeeper Andjelko Djuricic.

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