Damir Krznar returned to Ljudski vrt like a nightmare: Maribor will dream about the catastrophic mistake that led to Celje’s victory for a long time to come
Photo by Žan Pak
The day after St Martin’s Day, the two rivals from Štajerska, Maribor and Celje played in the Ljudski vrt, which was very crowded for Slovenian club conditions. Damir Krznar returned to the Calvary and arrived like a nightmare. But Maribor fans will continue to dream about the catastrophic mistake in the Violet defence that opened the way for Celje to another victory. It ended 1-0 to the visitors from Knez, with Mark Zabukovnik scoring the only goal in the second half for the 6,500 spectators.
Maribor once again confirmed that it has a big complex this season, against clubs that are looking at its back in the standings. He has lost all such matches, including Sunday’s against the big Styrian rival Celje, which he won in the 70th minute in an otherwise quite even and not very exciting match. But it should be added that Maribor almost scored the goal for themselves.
Max Watson passes the ball out of a nice calm in front of his own goal to the feet of Marko Zabukovnik. The Swede will probably claim that he wanted to pass it to Marcel Lorber, but by the time he realised what was happening, it was too late. The young Zabukovnik took advantage of the gift and kicked the ball behind Ažbe Jug’s back without too much difficulty.
If you were to argue that Maribor deserved to lose, you would probably be lying. But the same would be true if we wrote that Celje more than deserved the win. Perhaps a draw would have been the fairest, but that’s the way it is – these games are usually decided by the little things. This was the case again. Except that the little thing that decided the game was actually a huge mistake…
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