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Started by Bensergi, Oct 08, 2017, 01:57 PM

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Slovenia vs Scotland

Outgoing Slovenia head coach Srecko Katanec says Scotland's resurgence in their World Cup qualifying campaign has come as no surprise to him.
Slovenia's slim chances of prolonging that beyond Sunday depend on them beating Scotland, and Slovakia slipping up at home to Malta.
"We still believe but Scotland have a very good team and I'm not surprised by their good form," said Katanec.
Scotland's 1-0 home win over Slovenia in March was the start of a five-game unbeaten run in which they have taken 13 points out of 15 to move to the brink of a World Cup play-off.
"Even the first game against Slovakia, when they lost [3-0], I thought Scotland played very well until they conceded," added Katanec.
"They have a style of play we're not really too comfortable with, very aggressive."
Though Slovenia's hopes of finishing second are remote, they are unbeaten at home since 2015 and have yet to concede a goal at the Stozice Stadium in this campaign.


Match Stats:

  • Slovenia 2-2 Scotland
  • Shots: 12-9
  • Possession: 66%-34%
  • Corner kicks: 10-4

Scotland's hopes of playing in a first World Cup since 1998 were ended by an agonising draw in Slovenia.

Needing a win to move into the play-offs for the 2018 tournament in Russia, Scotland went in front when Leigh Griffiths cracked in an angled shot.

But substitute Roman Bezjak punished some poor defending with two goals after the break before Robert Snodgrass hooked in an equaliser late on.

The result means Scotland finish third on goal difference behind Slovakia.

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