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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.

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 ManSamir 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 playedMilivoje Novakovic 270 Miso Brecko 270 Robert Koren 270 Samir Handanovic 270 Marko Suler 270 Bostjan Cesar 270 Bojan Jokic 270

Top scorersValter Birsa 1 Zlatan Ljubijankic 1 Robert Koren 1

Total shotsValter Birsa 11 Robert Koren 4

Pass Completion RateBostjan 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 cardsBojan 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

SavesSamir Handanovic 12

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