Slovenia to a very, very important win in the opening round of Euro 2025 qualifiers: Begic and Cipot cancel out Olimpija’s goal
Young Slovenian national team on Thursday started the qualification for the European Championship 2025. Slovenia, led by selector Milenko Aćimović, was in Sarajevo to take on Bosnia and Herzegovina at Grbavica. Aćimović’s side played a good game, but found themselves behind after Admir Bristrić scored, a Olimpija, but responded with two goals and won 2:1. Slovenia celebrated after goals from Tjaša Begić and Tia Cipot, who scored just four minutes apart.
Slovenia U21 will play their next qualifying match on Monday, when they take on France, led by the legendary Thierry Henry, in Koper. Austria and Cyprus are also in Slovenian Group H.
The spectators didn’t see any goals in the first half of an interesting match, but Slovenia was closer to the lead. V 16. and 19. Svit Sešlar had two chances in the first minute – first he did not strike the ball well, then he missed with his head, although he was completely alone six metres from the goal. Žan Jevšenak could have also scored in the opening period, but his aim was also not accurate enough. At the start of the second half, Sešlar came close for a third time, but his attempt was blocked by one of the home players. The visitors asked for an 11th-minute penalty, which they were denied.
The home team took the lead in 54. Admir Bristrić gets the ball on the left after a long pass. The Slovenian champion’s player found space for a shot, kicked the ball, hit one of the Slovenians and beat Martin Turek. Despite falling behind, the young Slovenians refused to give up. They tied the game in 68. In the first minute, after a corner, Aleksandar Kahvić, the home player, knocked the ball away badly and actually passed it to Tjaša Begić, who beat the covered home goalkeeper.
Just four minutes later, Svit Seslar played with the BiH defence, and after his pass the ball was cleared off the line by the home defender, but it hit Tia Cipot, who deflected it into the net. Slovenia routinely held the advantage until the end of the match and came away with the first three points in the battle for the European Championship.
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