Slovenia Passes Last Test for Euro 2000

Published June 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Slovenia had little difficulty in passing their last test, Saturday, before Euro 2000, beating Saudi Arabia national team 2-0 in a football friendly match in Ljubljana. 

As the Saudis had already demonstrated in a recent friendly game against Hungary, fast in attack but weak defense, paved the way for the Slovenians to shake the Saudi net twice, once in each half. 

In the 16th minute, Sulaiman fluffed a back pass to his goalkeeper and paid the price with Slovenia's Zlatko Zahovic pouncing on the mistake to open the scoring. 

A minute after the break Zahovic passed to Acimovic, who netted from the edge of the box, hiking their leading score to 2-0. 

Thereafter, the Gulf players doubled their potential attacks, looking for an honor goal. 

But the Slovenian's clustered defenders and keeper did very well to keep their net away from the Saudis players who dominated the field for the last ten minutes of the match.  

Slovenia's coach Srecko Katanec was more than satisfied with the performance of his players, many of whom looking tired after completing their rather exhausting preparations for Euro 2000. 

"Our rivals were quick, with good technique. We were better in the second half, especially in defense. If it will be like this during Euro, we will cause problems to all our opponents," Katanec told journalists after the match - (Several Sources)

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