Andraž Šporar believes that on Sunday against San Marino, the opposition will be ‘bursting’ in front of goal: “There’s still enough energy in my legs!”
Things are not going as planned for him at the club, and Andraž Šporar has come in for some harsh criticism in Greece recently. But that didn’t stop the Ljubljana striker. He returned home smiling and in good spirits, but also determined to prove to those who criticise him in Athens what he can do in an environment where he feels like a fish in water. The performance that Andraž Šporar gave in “his” Stožice was exceptional. Attacker
scored twice against Northern Ireland, shaking the crossbar, and was a constant threat to the opposition goal, which was saved at the end of the match by a goal-line clearance after his shot.
Andraž Šporar after the end of the qualification round for the Euro 2024 was no surprise. “Northern Ireland is not a bad team, they have players who play in the English second division, in Scotland and so on. We have to be proud of our goal-scoring record, as we haven’t scored four goals for a long time. We also created a lot of chances, which was not the norm in the past. We all did well in attack, not only me with two goals and Šeško with a goal and two assists. We also need to get the balls to us, we were all at the top level. We are very happy with our performance, but we could have scored another goal, and I could have scored another one or two. The Irish also tried to play, but defensively we also faced a lot of passes and it wasn’t easy,“, summarised Andraž Šporar after the 4:2 victory, which moved Slovenia up to third place in Group H.
Andraž Šporar: “If there are chances, there will be goals”
The win against Northern Ireland is already “archived” and there is little time to celebrate. Slovenia will be back at it again on Sunday, hosting San Marino. “We can be proud of scoring four goals against a team that doesn’t score a lot of goals, but that’s the end of the story. There is still a long way to go, five games to go. The next one is coming up soon, in San Marino we will have to confirm what we have done this time. It won’t be easy, but if we play collectively, like we did against Northern Ireland, then the chances will come. And if there are chances, there will be goals,” says Andraž Šporar, who is confident that he will continue to have another successful shooting match:“There is still more than enough energy in my legs!”