Slovenia see off Cyprus
Matavz bags brace to get Group E
Last Updated: 12/10/12 10:38pm
Tim Matavz: At the double in Slovenia¿s World Cup qualifier
Tim Matavz scored twice as Slovenia picked up their first points of the World Cup qualifying campaign at the expense of Cyprus in Maribor.
The PSV Eindhoven striker broke the deadlock eight minutes before half-time and doubled his tally just after the hour to put Slovenia firmly in control of the match between Group E's two bottom teams.
Cyprus substitute Efstathios Aloneftis halved the deficit in the 83rd minute, but they could not find an equaliser - despite the dismissal of home defender Bostjan Cesar a minute from time.
Matavz put Slovenia ahead eight minutes before half-time, latching onto Zlatko Dedic's pass and slotting his left-footed shot into the bottom-left corner of Tasos Kissas' net.
The same player grabbed his second goal in the 61st minute with a neat finish from Cesar's cross.
Aloneftis was introduced in the 79th minute and took only four minutes to make his mark, firing a left-footed shot into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards.
The APOEL winger was then fouled by Cesar, the Chievo defender seeing red for his second bookable offence, but there was not enough time remaining for Cyprus to make their extra man tell.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 12th Oct - Group F
Russia1 - 0Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 6Israel
Fri 12th Oct - Group I
Finland1 - 1Georgia
Belarus0 - 4Spain
Fri 12th Oct - Group B
Czech Rep3 - 1Malta
Armenia1 - 3Italy
Bulgaria1 - 1Denmark
Fri 12th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 2Sweden
Kazakhstan0 - 0Austria
Rep Ireland1 - 6Germany
Fri 12th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Iceland
Switzerland1 - 1Norway
Slovenia2 - 1Cyprus
Fri 12th Oct - Group G
Liechtenstein0 - 2Lithuania
Slovakia2 - 1Latvia
Greece0 - 0Bosnia
Fri 12th Oct - Group D
Turkey0 - 1Romania
Netherlands3 - 0Andorra
Estonia0 - 1Hungary
Fri 12th Oct - Group H
Moldova0 - 0Ukraine
England5 - 0San Marino
Fri 12th Oct - Group A
Serbia0 - 3Belgium
Macedonia1 - 2Croatia
Wales2 - 1Scotland
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I