The Slovenia Times

Slovenia draw with Serbia in thriller finish at Euro

Slovenia's Andraž Šporar and Serbia's Nikola Milenković at the Slovenia-Serbia Euro 2024 game. Photo: Jure Makovec/STA

The Slovenian football team played out a 1:1 draw with Serbia in its second match at 2024 Euro in Munich on Thursday after conceding the equalising goal in the waning seconds of the match. Slovenia will now have to look to qualify for the next round against the group favourites England.

Slovenia was clearly a better side in the first half in the match in Munich Football Arena in front of some 63,000 spectators, with Timi Max Elšnik having the best chance in the 38th minute, hitting the goal post from right inside the box.

Elšnik was also involved in play as Slovenia scored the first goal of the match in the 69th minute, as he assisted the defender Žan Karničnik who sneaked in front of Serbia's goal and was on point.

Slovenia managed to hold the fort as Serbia started to attack relentlessly and it looked like they were on pace to earn their first win at the European Football Championships ever.

However, Serbia fought until the very end and scored through a header by Luka Jović, assisted from a corner kick, in the last seconds of the five-minute stoppage time.

Slovenia's goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who had a few of tremendous saves today against Serbian superstar Aleksandar Mitrović, was not disappointed, saying that "we have played a good match and I hope that we will play the next one even better."

Karničnik, the only scorer for Slovenia, said that "we had the things pretty much under control for most of the match", but near the end Serbia put all its tall players in front and Slovenia had problems with kicking the ball out of the box.

Slovenia now have two points from two matches after also drawing 1:1 with Denmark on Sunday and will now have to look to qualify for the knockout round of 16 stage against Group C favourites England next Tuesday in Cologne.


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