How did they play in Stožice? Benjamin Šeško and Andraž Šporar ‘break through the eight’, followed by captain Jan Oblak
Slovenia is in
Thursday evening in Stožice
in the Stožejovice stadium on Thursday night, achieved what it wanted, what it needed, at any cost. Matjaz Kek’ s men beat Northern Ireland 4-2. Slovenia is still in the running for Euro 2024, while Northern Ireland is almost in a losing position.
Ljubljana witnessed a surprisingly attractive and interesting match for the standards set by Kek’s national team in recent times. The selector also talked about pragmatism before the game, but Slovenia was anything but that this time. It was attractive in attack but unexpectedly unreliable in defence. The Northern Irish left the Slovenian capital with two goals, but they could have scored a few more. In the end they didn’t, but luckily Andraž Šporar and Benjamin Šeško were in great spirits on the other side, which was enough for an extremely important victory.
In the light of what has been seen and the above, the assessments given this time by the specialised
statistical portal SofaScore
are to be expected. Slovenian heroes Benjamin Šeško and Andraž Šporar deservedly “broke through” the top eight with truly outstanding performances. Benjamin Šeško was rewarded with 8.9 goals and two assists, while Andraž Šporar stopped at 8.5 after two goals. If a Northern Irish defender had not prevented him from scoring a hat-trick in the last minute by kicking it off the goal line, the Ljubljana player would have gone over the magic mark of 9.0…
The captain also scored well after seven successful defences, which is a good indication of how dangerous Northern Ireland was. Jan Oblak (7.1), and two Slovenian players reached the “seven” (7.0): Jaka Bijol and Jan Mlakar. Žan Karničnik, who made a bad save on the second goal, was awarded 6.7, followed by Adam Gnezda Cerin (6,6), David Brekalo (6,6), Timi Max Elšnik (6,3), Erik Janža (6,2) and Petar Stojanović (6,1). The latter was, interestingly, the lowest-rated Slovenian, although his second goal of the game came after a shot or a cross.
And the players on the bench? Since they all played more or less, they “fit into the average”: Jasmin Kurtić with 6.7, Jure Balkovec with 6.6 and Žan Vipotnik with 6.5. Sandi Lovrić remained unrated, coming on the pitch only in the 90th minute.