Slovenia has waited more than 12 years! Adam Gnezda Čerin becomes the first player since 2011 to score from a free kick in qualification
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Argentina probably doesn’t count them anymore, and they are so rare in Slovenia that it would be difficult to count them more. We are talking, of course, about national team goals from free kicks, which – hand on heart – our national team really hasn’t scored many of in recent years. What’s more, Adam Gnezda Cerin was – believe it or not – the first player in 12 years to score a goal from a free kick in a qualifying match! Football player of Panathinaikos took just five minutes to really get the ball behind the home goalkeeper’s back in the Northern Ireland match in a remarkable way
Rok Kronaveter was the last Slovenian player to score from a free kick in January 2017. Slovenia played Finland and beat them 2-0, but it should be stressed that the match was only a friendly, and the B team was also at work. The match was therefore not counted as an official national team match, and the football archives do not keep the goal alongside Kronavetr’s national team statistics.
The last time Slovenia scored a goal from a free kick in a qualifying match before this time in Belfast was on 11 October 2011, 12 years ago, when they beat Serbia at the Ljudski Garten. Dare Vršič scored a truly outstanding goal in Maribor. A year later, Jasmin Kurtić scored from a free kick on his debut, and then in Austria he hit the Greek net in a friendly match.
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