Crisis in Ljubljana is growing: Olimpija just a point away, Aluminij rightly furious at referees’ work
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The first showdown between the Aluminij and Olimpija this season, where there was practically no shortage of goals and turnovers, or rather, no more of them have fallen in any match so far this season. The fans in Stožice were expecting a show full of goals, but they got the opposite. It ended 0:0, and Olimpija even got lucky. Aluminij was on the wrong side of controversial refereeing decisions this time: not getting an 11th-minute penalty surprised many, and the goal that the referees overturned was as clean as a tear for many…
In the eighth minute of the match, Filip Kosi fell in the home penalty area; not by himself. Raul Florucz, the home player, grabbed him by the arm and dragged him to the ground, but to the surprise of many, Aluminij did not get an 11th-minute penalty. Let’s add: the match was refereed by Alen Borošak.
The home team’s net was then shattered in the 15th minute. Sandro Jovanović was accurate in the first minute, but after watching the video, referee Borošak decided that it was a foul on Justas Lasickas in the build-up of the visitors’ attack. Another controversial decision? No doubt!
Just a moment later, the Dragons tried to score, but Raul Florucz’s shot from close range was stopped by the young Jan Petek. We saw a few more chances on both sides before the break, but both nets remained untouched.
Olimpija receives bad news: Elšnik off the court in pain
Jovanovic tried again right at the start of the second half, but Denis Pintol parried his shot from distance. V 53. In the first minute of the game, the home team received bad news, as the home captain and Slovenian national player Timi Max Elšnik left the field in pain.
With half an hour left in regulation, Marko Brest, a former member of the club from Kidričevo, tried a header after a pass from the corner, but Jan Petek, who was also the first name of the game, was again outstanding with a great save, as he collected eight defences in the whole game.
Olimpija kept pressing but failed to break through the visiting defence, so Aluminij took an important point from the capital, while Zoran Zeljković’s side suffered their second slip-up of the week. Olimpija will first play a cup away game in Grosuplje on Thursday, where they will be looking for a good preparation for Sunday’s derby in Celje, while the Sumerians will play an away game in Murska Sobota on Saturday.
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