World Cup qualifier: Slovenia claim 2-0 win in Cyprus to keep Brazil hopes alive
Last Updated: 10/09/13 10:55pm
Milivoje Novakovic: On target for Slovenia
Slovenia kept their World Cup qualification hopes alive as they came out on top against a lively Cyprus side in Nicosia.
Norway's defeat against runaway Group E leaders Switzerland earlier in the day left the fight for second place wide open and Slovenia took full advantage with goals in each half from Milivoje Novakovic (13) and Josip Ilicic (80).
The first meaningful action of the game saw Slovenia take the lead. Zlatan Ljubijankic found Novakovic with a pass from the left and the veteran striker finished low past Antonis Georgallides.
Cyprus had Georgallides to thank for keeping in touch on the half-hour mark as the keeper produced a fine stop to keep out Andraz Kirm's strike from the edge of the area out.
The hosts showed some intent at the start of the second half, and Konstantinos Makridis saw his shot blocked by Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
There were chances at both ends as Ilicic was brilliantly denied by Georgallides, who was matched by Handanovic 15 minutes from time when he kept out Vincent Laban.
When the second goal did finally come it went to Slovenia, with Novakovic this time the creator as he set up Ilicic to finish from inside the box for a strike which killed of a spirited challenge from Cyprus.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Tue 10th Sep - Group F
Russia3 - 1Israel
Luxembourg3 - 2N Ireland
Tue 10th Sep - Group G
Lithuania2 - 0Liechtenstein
Slovakia1 - 2Bosnia
Greece1 - 0Latvia
Tue 10th Sep - Group B
Armenia0 - 1Denmark
Malta1 - 2Bulgaria
Italy2 - 1Czech Rep
Tue 10th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan0 - 1Sweden
Austria1 - 0Rep Ireland
Faroe Islands0 - 3Germany
Tue 10th Sep - Group E
Norway0 - 2Switzerland
Cyprus0 - 2Slovenia
Iceland2 - 1Albania
Tue 10th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 1Finland
Belarus2 - 4France
Tue 10th Sep - Group D
Romania0 - 2Turkey
Andorra0 - 2Netherlands
Hungary5 - 1Estonia
Tue 10th Sep - Group A
Macedonia1 - 2Scotland
Wales0 - 3Serbia
Tue 10th Sep - Group H
San Marino1 - 5Poland
Ukraine0 - 0England
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I