World Cup qualifying: Kevin Kampl strike nets three points for Slovenia
Last Updated: September 6, 2013 10:05pm
Kevin Kampl: His strike defeats Albania
Albania's World Cup qualifying hopes suffered a blow as Kevin Kampl's first-half goal gave Slovenia a 1-0 win.
Group E's surprise package went into this clash in second place, three points behind leaders Switzerland, but Norway's victory over Cyprus earlier in the night means they fall into third.
They were undone by a magnificent long-range strike from Kampl in the 19th minute and try as they might, they could not get themselves back into the contest.
It was the hosts who started in a positive manner at the Sportni Park, with Rene Krhin heading wide from a corner.
Their intent was rewarded when Kampl's piledriver from 25 yards rocketed into the top corner and past stranded Albania goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.
The Salzburg midfielder tried his luck from distance again a little later but was thwarted by Berish, while at the other end Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic made a comfortable save from Odise Roshi's speculative effort.
The Albanians went out for the second half with plenty of attacking intent, with Handanovic called upon to make fantastic saves from Lorik Cana's close-range effort and Hamdi Salihi's strike from just outside the area.
It proved to be Handanovic's day as he also kept out long-range shots from Edgar Cani and Valdet Rama to ensure Slovenia claimed their third win from seven group matches.
Their chances of emerging from this group would appear to be slim although leaders Switzerland's 4-4 draw with Iceland gives all the teams - bar minnows Cyprus - renewed hope of qualification.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 6th Sep - Group F
Russia4 - 1Luxembourg
N Ireland2 - 4Portugal
Fri 6th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan2 - 1Faroe Islands
Rep Ireland1 - 2Sweden
Germany3 - 0Austria
Fri 6th Sep - Group B
Czech Rep1 - 2Armenia
Malta1 - 2Denmark
Italy1 - 0Bulgaria
Fri 6th Sep - Group A
Macedonia2 - 1Wales
Serbia1 - 1Croatia
Scotland0 - 2Belgium
Fri 6th Sep - Group E
Norway2 - 0Cyprus
Slovenia1 - 0Albania
Switzerland4 - 4Iceland
Fri 6th Sep - Group H
Ukraine9 - 0San Marino
Poland1 - 1Montenegro
England4 - 0Moldova
Fri 6th Sep - Group D
Turkey5 - 0Andorra
Romania3 - 0Hungary
Estonia2 - 2Netherlands
Fri 6th Sep - Group G
Latvia2 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia0 - 1Slovakia
Liechtenstein0 - 1Greece
Fri 6th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 0France
Finland0 - 2Spain
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