Albert Riera played with fire and got burnt: Aljoša Matko sat on the bench, Aluminij inflicted first away defeat on Celje
After the national team break Celje is no longer as convincing as it was before. Albert Riera and his charges were already tormented in the last round against Radomlje, when they still won. Well, this time they finally stepped on a landmine and suffered their first defeat of the new season, and interestingly enough, it was inflicted on them by – the worst! Aluminium went into the game with Celje from last place in the Telemach First League standings, but Robert Pevnik’ s side surprised everyone and won 3:1 against an anaemic Celje after a second-half turnaround.
Celje was, to be honest, modest in this match. Albert Riera made a few changes to the starting eleven, but they clearly didn’t pay off. Some individuals fell well short of expectations, but Celje was on the road to another victory for quite some time. In the first half, Mario Kvesić scored from the white spot after a handball by Luka Koblar, and despite a few flashes, Aluminij did not look like a team capable of surprising the league leaders.
But in the second half, the scales were tipped in favour of the visitors. V 67. Tomislav Jagic equalised in the first minute, when he took a shot from around 20 metres, but was lucky that the ball hit David Zec on its way to the goal. Matko Obradovic was caught on the wrong foot and Aluminij celebrated the equaliser. Just five minutes later, the players in red jumped into each other’s arms again. A playful Gašper Jovan crossed the ball from the left side in front of the goal, Žan Baskera got to the ball on the other post and … 2:1! The visitors won the game in 88. Sandro Jovanovic sealed the game in the final minute, scoring routinely from the white spot. The referee didn’t point to the white spot after Nino Koutro’ s handball, but the VAR-room came into play and Aluminij had a great chance. An opportunity he did not waste. And the chance that sealed a surprising victory.
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