- Title: SLOVENIA: SLOVENIA DRAW WITH YUGOSLAVIA IN WORLD CUP GROUP ONE QUALIFIER
- Date: 28th March 2001
- Summary: LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (MARCH 28, 2001) 1. VARIOUS FANS BEFORE GAME 2. VARIOUS FANS WATCHING BAR 3. VARIOUS FANS AFTER GAME Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
- Country: Slovenia
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- Story Text: Slovenia salvaged a 1-1 draw against Yugoslavia in
their World Cup group one qualifier on Wednesday thanks to a
25-metre free-kick in injury time from their top scorer Zlatko
Zahovic. The night also passed off peacefully despite warnings
of crowd trouble.
That gave Slovenia a share of the points after Savo
Milosevic -- who ended the night in hospital -- had given
Yugoslavia a 32nd minute lead, but they slipped down from
second to third place as a result of the draw.
Russia lead the standings with 10 points, followed by
Switzerland (8), Slovenia (7) and Yugoslavia (5).
Unlike their epic, thrilling 3-3 draw in Euro 2000 which
saw Yugoslavia came back from 0-3 down with 23 minutes left to
save the game, this was a rather lacklustre one played out
mainly as a midfield stalemate. The one moment of note in the
first half came after 32 minutes when Milosevic put Yugoslavia
ahead from close range.
Despite its lack of incident, it was a typically robust
and pasionate derby which saw Milosevic and Slovenian defender
Aleksander Knavs concussed. Both were taken to hospital
overnight for observation, but doctors said there was no fear
of any serious long-term injury to either player.
Slovenian coach Srecko Katanec said afterwards: "I am
happy with one point considering the fact that many of my
players do not play much in their clubs. I was surprised to
see the Yugoslavs play so defensively -- and so smart."
Yugoslav coach Milovan Doric said he was satisfied with
the performance of his team although they let in a last-minute
"Of course I am sorry about that, but I am not sad."
Slovenia was the first country to break away from former
Yugoslavia in 1991 and meetings between the two countries in
sport are still rare and considered high risk events.
Although Slovenian fans do not have a violent history
matches against Serbian teams in pre-1991 Yugoslav league
always kept Slovenian police busy.
Despite the fears by police there was no major fan
violence in the stadium nor in the streets before or after the
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