Olimpija loses for the second time in a row in the conference league: Slovan rained in Ljubljana, needing two 11th-minute goals to win 1:0
On the wings of the packed stands of the Stožice stadium, the Olimpija played their first ever home game in the group stage of a European Cup… Well, the second part of the opening sentence is already true. But the first… History has been made, but with a bitter taste. The stands in Stožice were nowhere near full. They were half empty. The biggest stadium in the country was not even half full! Shame? The answer is probably self-evident… But that’s the way it is in Ljubljana. Olimpija undoubtedly has some very loyal fans, but the Ljubljanaers only wake up in droves when a friendly match with Chelsea comes around. Or when Aleksander Čeferin brings elderly celebrities to the capital…
Anyway, Olimpija played a game that will go down in history. Like the first. The first to end in defeat. Slovan won in Ljubljana, 1-0 to the Slovaks, who had two 11th-minute penalties in Stožice, but only one of them was converted. This was also enough to win Group A for the second time in a row.
In the first half, in which Slovan was statistically undoubtedly a much better opponent, the most prominent individual was certainly Matevž Vidovšek. V 26. On 30 minutes, after a long pass across half the pitch and a mistake by Marko Mijailovic (the ball went past him and Aleksandar Čavrić also ran past him), he committed a foul for a major penalty, received a yellow card and then immediately afterwards showed himself. Vladimir Weiss Jr. (his father Vladimir Weiss Sr. is Slovan’s coach) took a poor shot from the white spot and Vidovšek stopped his attempt with his left foot.
Olimpija without noteworthy chances
Slovan, who were encouraged by the more than 1200 fans (they were already “marching” through the streets of Ljubljana before the game, walking from the city centre to the stadium), took 7 shots in the first half, two of them on frame, the last one just before the end of the half, when Vidovšek again showed off with a great parade. Olimpija was more than harmless in the opening 45 minutes. There were a couple of times when the crowd got the feeling that it could have been dangerous in front of Milan Borjan’s goal, but the Dragons put their hand on their hearts in the opening period, in which the Green Dragons scored 35. one minute in honour of 35. on the anniversary of its existence with an admirable choreography, they missed a noteworthy opportunity.
Matevž Vidovšek was also in the spotlight in the second half. First he was a hero, then again… Well, he conjured up a second 11th-minute penalty after he scored in the 53rd minute. In the first minute – seconds after a great defensive save from a Weiss attempt and a series of poor interventions from his teammates in defence – he stops Tigran Barseghyan of Armenia with a foul. The judges watched the footage, but upheld the original decision. Aleksandar Čavrić took charge in the second and scored. Vidovšek threw himself in the right direction, but the shot was too hard and too accurate.
Olimpija tried to tie the game until the end of the match, but Slovan focused all its efforts on keeping the advantage. Kenan Bajrić, who played the whole game, and his teammates were better at their job. Olimpija closed the gap a few times, Mustafa Nukić had a good chance just before the break, but he completely missed the ball and sent it under the clouds instead of into the net…
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