SLOVENIA AT EURO 2024!!! The nightmares are over, dreams have come true, this summer we’re heading to our fourth major tournament!!!
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SLOVENIA IS AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP!!!! Ten years of torment are over, a dream come true! After 14 long years, Slovenian national football team will once again play in a major competition – Euro 2024! Next year, Germany will also welcome Slovenian selector Matjaž Kek and his team, who played Kazakhstan at home in the last round of Group H. The match was at times agonising, but it was also incredibly tense. Many people had a hard time watching all that was happening on the green of the biggest stadium in the country, but it ended the way we wanted it to. It ended with a victory, it ended with a great celebration! 2:1 was enough for history, for eternity, for Euro 2024! SLOVENIA GOES FORWARD!!!
Welcome, Germany. Slovenia is coming!
After having put themselves in an ideal position in the previous nine matches, the Slovenian national team did not squander the advantage in the last qualifying round. It’s true that it hasn’t been easy. On a difficult, less-than-optimally prepared pitch, Kazakhstan proved to be a very tough opponent. But Slovenia was patient, and it was smart. The first half was anything but attractive football. Slovenia had the upper hand, but it was futile. Jan Mlakar came closest to scoring , but after a playful action from a corner, his header completely missed the ball.
Kazakhstan responded with two dangerous attempts, both by Jan Oblak. Then there was a long pass across the pitch; it should have been easy prey for the visitors. But Jan Vorogovski hesitated too much and allowed Petar Stojanovic to catch and overtake him. The Kazakh defender tried to kick the ball and hit the Slovenian player’s leg. Referee Szymon Marciniak, the referee, initially didn’t award anything, but the footage revealed that the foul was obvious. The Pole used VAR technology and awarded the expected penalty – a white spot kick. Benjamin Šeško remained “as cold as a whistle”. The goalkeeper went to the right, Šeško shot to the left and … GOOOOOL! Goal for Slovenia! 1:0, 1:0, 1:0! Let’s go to Euro 2024!
Kazakhstan seemed to be on its knees. A goal just before half-time? A blow that hurts! But the visitors refused to give up and after just three minutes of action, a cold shower for a packed Stožice. The Slovenian defence was as bumpy as Swiss cheese, which Ramazan Orazov of Koper took advantage of and beat Jan Oblak from a few metres out. Orazov was all alone in front of the Slovenian goalkeeper and the defenders did a poor job. Very bad.
Just a few minutes later, Kazakhstan was dangerous again, but fortunately they did not manage to sting the home team again. The latter hit back in 53. In the first minute, Adam Gnezda Cherin took a masterful shot from 25 metres, but Kazakh goalkeeper Igor Shatskiy was on the spot. A nervous war ensued, with lots of torn football. For the Kazakhs, the minutes passed like seconds, for the Slovenians like hours. For us, time was moving much too slowly, but fortunately that was the only thing that was changing at the traffic lights…
86th minute. And a masterpiece. Poetry. A moment of football perfection. A moment that will go down in the annals of history. Into eternity. It’s like another one of those goals that we’ll keep turning and turning. Now and in 10 years’ time. Diagonal pass to the left wing. Reserve player Benjamin Verbič. A few steps towards the centre. In the penalty area. And … BAM! BOOM! BAM! Goal. Top right corner. A masterpiece. Goal, goal, goal! 2:1. For … EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!
And then it was over. Then the celebrations began. A celebration that will last for hours, days and days. We’ll drag it all the way back to a merry December… SLOVENIA IS AT EURO 2024!
This text was automatically translated using AI.