Olimpija gave him a free hand, he led Bravo to victory over Maribor: Teenager Matic Ivanšek sinks the Viole with his first goal in 1. SNL
Photo: Nik Moder / Sportida
The first match of the 13th round of the Slovenian championship was played on Sunday in Spodnja Šiška, where Bravo once again confirmed that it is in really good shape in the current competition year. The Ljubljana team won their fourth league match in a row, and after Olimpija, Maribor, which is now a whopping 12 points behind the league leader Celje after another defeat, laid down its arms at the Athletic Stadium. It ended 2:1 for Bravo.
While the first half didn’t offer much exciting football, the second half was different. Bravo led in 56. In the seventh minute, Matija Kavčič, the home side’s Matija Kavčič, a former Gorica player, made his seventh cross of the season.The ball was masterfully delivered to the other post, where it was met by Matej Poplatnik, who sent it into the net with a diving header. The ball first hits the post, then bounces into the net and … 1:0 for Bravo!
The main referee Bojan Mertik waited for the “report” from the VAR room, which confirmed that there was no offside and Matej Poplatnik scored his fifth goal of the 2023/24 season.
The visiting coach Ante Šimundza quickly realised that the devil had taken the joke. Immediately after the goal, he sent two attacking players off the bench and scored. In 68. minute Josip Iličić crossed from a corner and Xhuliano Skuka met the ball at the near post and sent a header behind the back of Matija Orbanić. It was also Iličić and Skuka who were sent on after the goal by Šimundza…
Arnel Jakupović returned to the court with 10 minutes left, but it didn’t help Maribor to win the game. What’s more, Maribor actually lost after conceding in 82. In the second minute, Kavčič makes another outstanding cross from the left wing. This time, Matic Ivanšek met the ball on the other goal line, rushed “under the clouds” and hit the ball with his head. Ažbe Jug touched it, but the shot was too strong – 2:1!
Barely 19-year-old Matic Ivanšek – interestingly – got a free transfer from Olimpija in the summer, then signed for Bravo, started playing regularly in the Telemach First League and now he’s enjoying his first league debut. Just before the end of the match, Luka Kerin shook the crossbar of Maribor’s goal, the Violistas failed to equalise and Bravo celebrated another resounding victory.
This text was automatically translated using AI.