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M Novakovic (13, 15, 49)

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World Cup qualifiers: Milivoje Novakovic's hat-trick helps Slovenia beat Norway 3-0

Last Updated: 11/10/13 10:42pm

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Milivoje Novakovi: Struck a hat-trick for the home side

Milivoje Novakovi: Struck a hat-trick for the home side

Milivoje Novakovic hit a hat-trick as Slovenia emphatically ended the World Cup hopes of Norway with a 3-0 victory in Maribor.

Novakovic struck twice inside two minutes inside the opening quarter of an hour before completing his treble with a close-range finish early in the second half.

The win means Slovenia sit third in Group E heading into the final round of qualifiers on Tuesday, a point behind Iceland in the race to finish second to Switzerland, who sealed their qualification to Brazil with victory over Albania.

Slovenia finish their campaign with an away game in Switzerland, while Iceland will bid to seal second place and a berth in the play-offs when they travel to Norway, who can now finish no higher than fourth in the six-team group.

Thirteen minutes were on the clock when the hosts went ahead with one of their first meaningful attacks, Miso Brecko the provider with a cross from the right that 34-year-old Novakovic headed in.

Novakovic, who plies his trade at Japan's Omiya Ardija on loan from Cologne, doubled his tally after 15 minutes when Andraz Kirm picked him out six yards from goal and the striker did the rest with a composed low finish.

Novakovic turned provider a minute into the second half when his cross was met with a thumping volley by Kirm but Rune Jarstein tipped the ball away.

The third goal did arrive within moments, however, 49 minutes showing on the clock when Ales Mertelj's centre from the left was tucked home by Novakovic from close range.

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  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Fri 11th Oct - Group B
    Fri 11th Oct - Group G
    Fri 11th Oct - Group A
    Fri 11th Oct - Group F
    Fri 11th Oct - Group H
    Fri 11th Oct - Group C
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      1 - 1
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    • Sweden
      2 - 1
      Austria
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    • Germany
      3 - 0
      Rep Ireland
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    Fri 11th Oct - Group E
    Fri 11th Oct - Group D
    Fri 11th Oct - Group I

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4