It was hot in Rogaška Slatina, it could hardly have been hotter: Fists were raised in the stands, Olimpija crushed the opposition on the pitch only at the end of the game
Olimpija took part in the Rogaška Slatina football festival and successfully spoiled it. It is true that Rogaška stood up well against the favoured rival and would have deserved at least a point, but this was not the case. A tense and tightly contested match was only decided by a penalty just before the end of the match, with the man of the match once again being none other than Rui Pedro. Olimpija, which will play its second European match against Slovan Bratislava in the middle of the week, won the match 2-0, with Raul Florucz scoring just before the end .
After the draw with Koper, Joao Henriques finally decided to make a few more changes to Olimpija’s starting eleven. Justas Lasickas got his chance, Marko Mijailović made his debut and Reda Boultram and Marko Brest also played from the first minute. All this had an impact on the Dragons’ game, which was not convincing in Rogaška Slatina. Overall, the first half was anything but a football treat. Rogaška may have been a shade better, but neither the home team nor the visitors managed to get on the scoresheet in the opening 45 minutes.
Rogaška had two chances in the first half, but Nejc Gradišar and Vice Miljanić were not accurate enough. At the start of the second half, Gradišar shot again, but missed again. Just two minutes later, Mustafa Nukić came close to celebrating but he wasted the best chance of the game. V 75. In the first minute, Matevž Vidovšek saved the Dragons with a good save after an attempt by Toni Vinogradec, and then Žan Benedičič also had a shot, but was unsuccessful.
In the end, Olimpija focused all its efforts on attack. Henriques sent five attack-minded players off the bench (Admir Bristrić also got a chance after a month without a league game), but the defence of Rogaška was solid. Until the referee’s injury time, when Mijailovic fell in the hosts’ penalty area. Referee Alen Bubek immediately pointed to the white spot and the 11th penalty was converted by the league’s leading scorer Rui Pedro.
After the goal, passions boiled over. Rok Vodišek was sent off (Rene Rantuša Lampreht scored instead), and there were even fist bumps in the stands, although it is not yet known who jumped into each other’s hair. After the goal, the match was suspended for a few minutes, but when it resumed, it was in the 99th minute. Raul Florucz scored in the first minute, with a beautiful shot to make his debut in the green and white jersey.
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