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World Cup qualifiers: Switzerland's 1-0 win ended Slovenia's qualification hopes

Last Updated: 15/10/13 9:37pm

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Jasmin Kurtic and Blerim Dzemaili tussle for the ball

Jasmin Kurtic and Blerim Dzemaili tussle for the ball

Slovenia's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup were dashed by a 1-0 defeat in Switzerland on Tuesday night.

Granit Xhaka's 74th-minute goal earned the Group E winners victory and ended the visitors' hopes of claiming second spot in the pool.

Iceland held on to the play-off spot thanks to their 1-1 draw in Norway as Slovenia finished two points behind in third.

Switzerland went into the match knowing their place in Brazil next summer was already assured and it was no surprise it was Slovenia who started with greater urgency.

Nejc Pecnik fired in a shot after eight minutes which home goalkeeper Yann Sommer tipped over the bar.

Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic then punched away a Haris Seferovic header before parried away a Reto Ziegler free-kick.

The Inter Milan keeper was keeping his side in it at the end of the first half as he produced another fine save, tipping over Admir Mehmedi's shot following a corner.

The Swiss pressure continued after the break as Haris Seferovic headed over from a Barnetta free-kick.

Slovenia knew just one goal could put them in the play-offs, though, and Kevin Kampl brought a superb save out of Sommer.

They were undone in the 74th minute, however, as Xhaka received the ball from Blerim Dzemaili and crashed a finish into the top corner from 20 yards.

Slovenia responded well as they looked to stage a late fightback, Milivoje Novakovic and Zlatan Ljubijankic both heading against the bar in a mad goalmouth scramble, but they ran out of time as defeat ended their World Cup hopes.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 15th Oct - Group E
    Tue 15th Oct - Group F
    Tue 15th Oct - Group G
    • Greece
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
      bet
      TV
    • Lithuania
      0 - 1
      Bos&Herz
      bet
      TV
    • Latvia
      2 - 2
      Slovakia
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      TV
    Tue 15th Oct - Group D
    Tue 15th Oct - Group B
    Tue 15th Oct - Group A
    Tue 15th Oct - Group C
    Tue 15th Oct - Group H
    Tue 15th 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 and Herzegovina 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