Slovenia–England — 0:0. The First Points of the Match with the Football Founders
The Slovenian National Team tied the match with England 0:0 on the Stožice Stadium during the qualifying round of the World Cup 2018. The Srečko Katanec’s trainees will play the next match in Malta on 11 November.
The Stožice Stadium, 13,274 spectators, referees: Aytekin, Schiffner and Kleve (all from Germany).
Slovenia: Oblak, Jokić, Cesar (Mevlja, 68), Samardžić, Struna, Krhin (Omladič, 84), Kurtić, Verbič, Birsa (Kronaveter, 59), Iličić, Bezjak.
England: Hart, Stones, Cahill, Rose, Walker, Henderson, Alli (Rooney, 73), Dier, Lingard, Walcott (Townsend, 62), Sturridge (Rashford, 81).
Cautions: Birsa, Kronaveter, Struna; Dier, Sturridge, Cahill, Lingard.
The Slovenian National Football Team managed to win points in the match against England at the fifth attempt. Prior to this, the British invariably won all official matches against the Slovenes, but this time they were on the verge of defeat. Joe Hart, the goalkeeper of England, became the hero of the match. He parried several dangerous attacks, and at one of the moments, he took advantage of the crossbar. After three matches in Group F, Slovenia has 5 points, and England has 7 points.
The Slovenes created the first scoring chance already in the 10th minute of the match. First, after a mistake made by the English midfielders, Roman Bezjak played face to face with Hart, but he could not beat the goalkeeper. A little later Jasminu Kurtiću gathered the ball and hit the crossbar with a corner penalty kick.
At the beginning of the second half, the Slovenes had another opportunity to distinguish themselves. Josip Iličić made a penalty to the centre. However, his partners did not respond to the pass. After a few minutes, Boštjan Cesar made a dangerous header, but Joe Hart moved the ball to the corner. It was especially hot during the English penalty after taking a corner, when Kurtić made a dangerous header into the goalmouth, and it was the bar that saved the British from the true goal.
In the 81st minute, Jan Oblak skilfully parried a powerful kick by Jess Lingard, and as a result the match ended in a goalless draw.