WC2010 review: Slovenia

Slovenia finished exactly where they were expected to in a tough group but not before causing some headaches for the other Group C combatants.
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Slovenia finished exactly where they were expected to in a tough group but not before causing some headaches for the other Group C combatants.

They kicked off their South Africa 2010 campaign with a hard fought win over Algeria before giving up a two-goal lead to share the points with the USA and then proving a tough nut to crack for the highly-rated English team.

Slovenia played with a typically organised eastern European defence and without much flare and certainly with no frills as they notched up four points and just missed out on Round of 16 qualification in a group they were not anticipated to get out of.

Finished: 19th
Record: Wins – 1; Draws – 1; Losses – 1; Points – 4
Matches: Algeria (1-0), USA (2-2), England (0-1)
Goals: 3
Against: 3

tribalfootball.com’s Star Man
Samir Handanovic (The giant shot-stopper came up with some brilliant saves to keep his team in with a winning chance in each match)

Official statistics

Minutes played
Milivoje Novakovic 270
Miso Brecko 270
Robert Koren 270
Samir Handanovic 270
Marko Suler 270
Bostjan Cesar 270
Bojan Jokic 270

Top scorers
Valter Birsa 1
Zlatan Ljubijankic 1
Robert Koren 1

Total shots
Valter Birsa 11
Robert Koren 4

Pass Completion Rate
Bostjan Cesar 88%
Marko Suler 81%
Robert Koren 77%
Aleksandar Radosavljevic 74%

Most Fouls
Aleksandar Radosavljevic 6
Andraz Kirm 6
Bojan Jokic 5
Marko Suler 5
Zlatan Ljubijankic 5

Yellow cards
Bojan Jokic 2
Andrej Komac 1
Zlatko Dedic 1
Valter Birsa 1
Bostjan Cesar 1
Marko Suler 1
Andraz Kirm 1
Aleksandar Radosavljevic 1

Red cards
none

Saves
Samir Handanovic 12

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