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  • November 19, 2013
  • • 12:00
  • • Arena Petrol, Celje
  • Referee: H. Gocek
  • • Attendance: 2500

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    Despite a bit of a late flurry, Canada will not grab a goal in this one.
  • 90' + 2'
    Yellow Card Nana Attakora
  • 90' + 1'
    4 minutes added on.
  • 86'
    SubstitutionA. Straith Karl William Ouimette
  • 85'
    Bekker and Osorio have transformed this Canadian midfield since coming on. Much more fluid play.
  • 83'
    As I say that, Bekker gets a decent shot on goal for Canada.
  • 82'
    Despite what I said early, Canada is pressing over the past few minutes. Still lacking that final pass to cut through the defence, though.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionBostjan Cesar Branko Ilic
  • 76'
    It's looking incredibly unlikely that Canada will score in this game.
  • 74'
    Yellow Card Dalibor Stevanovic
  • 73'
    BIG SAVE STAMATOPOULOS! The play gets underway again and the Slovenian free kick id driven low and hard to the Canadian keeper's left. He gets down quickly to palm it wide, and the ensuing corner comes to nothing.
  • 71'
    Yellow Card Andre Hainault
  • 70'
    Hainault looks to be in a good deal of pain after a hard challenge on Beric outside the Canadian area. Slovenian free kick coming up after Hainault gets tended to.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionMarcel de Jong Kyle Bekker
  • 69'
    SubstitutionNikolas Ledgerwood Jonathan Osorio
  • 69'
    Corner kick for Canada is dealt with easily by the Slovenian defence. Canada recycles and eventually floats a ball into to the right post, but De Rosario couldn't get his head on it despite a full stretch.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionRoman Bezjak Robert Berić
  • 63'
    It's been a bit of back and forth between the two sides since the goal, with the best chance coming from a shot well wide by the Slovenians in the 63rd minute.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionValter Birsa Željko Filipović
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Nikolas Ledgerwood
  • 52'
    Assist Jasmin Kurtić
  • 52'
    Goal Valter Birsa
    Birsa receives a pass near midfield and spins to get himself into position. From 35 yards out, he lets a low drive go across the Canadian goal, and it bounce past a sprawling Stamatopoulos. The Canadian GK could have done better, there.
  • 50'
    Bit of a similar start to this half as it was in the first, with Slovenia in control but not really threatening. Canada's holding its shape so far.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionZlatko Dedic Dejan Lazarevic
  • 46'
    SubstitutionKyle Porter Issey Nakajima-Farran
  • 46'
    SubstitutionStefan Cebara Nana Attakora
  • 46'
    SubstitutionAndraz Kirm Nejc Pecnik
  • 46'
    SubstitutionTosaint Ricketts Ashtone Morgan
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMiral Samardzic Gregor Balažic
  • 46'
    And we're back!
  • Thanks for joining us for this live commentary. Once again, I'm Rudi Schuller (@RudiSchuller on Twitter), have a good afternoon.
  • That's it! Slovenia edges Canada 1-0, in a match where both sides looked threatening at times. Canada will be happy with their overall play, but remain toothless to end the year.
  • The teams are back on the field for the second half.
  • Both sides have had their chances, but neither have taken their opportunities. Fair result at the halftime break, I'd say.
  • The refs blows the halftime whistle without any stoppage. SVN 0-0 CAN.
  • 44'
    Bezjak finds himself some space at the top of the Canadian area, but his shot is a poor one handled easily by Stamatopoulos.
  • 43'
    Cebara takes an ambitious volley after Slovenia fails to clear their area, but the Canadian's shot is sliced well wide.
  • 36'
    Yellow Card A. Straith
  • 35'
    Slovenia controlling the play a bit more after allowing Canada a few too many chances in the early going. Still not too threatening, though.
  • 32'
    Yellow Card Dwayne De Rosario
  • 29'
    CLOSE! Birca carries the ball down the middle of the pitch and unleashes a 30 yarder that JUST misses the goal. Canada needs to close down quicker.
  • 28'
    Slovenia swarming the Canadian end for the past several moments. Could end up poorly for Canada if they can't reverse the tide soon.
  • 23'
    OFF THE CROSSBAR! Slovenia counters quickly and Bezjak races past, but his sliding effort is off Stamatopoulos' bar!
  • 21'
    Cebara gets a weak shot on goal after a good cross in from the left by Ricketts.
  • 16'
    Slovenia finally gets its first attempt on goal. It's a hopeful shot from 30 yards after a free kick is cleared by Canada's defence.
  • 15'
    Canada is much more into this match than they've been for previous games, especially at this early stage.
  • 12'
    CHANCE! Porter finds De Rosario at the top of the Slovenian area, and the captain's quick shot is saved before it finds the top left corner.
  • 8'
    Slovenian free kick headed out of harm's way by Hainault. The balls gets to De Rosario, who plays in Porter for a shot on goal. Nice counter attack by Canada there.
  • 7'
    Ricketts called for a foul deep in Canada territory. Didn't look like much.
  • 4'
    Slovenia with much of the possession so far, although none of it is particularly threatening as yet.
  • 1'
    And we're underway!
  • Anthems are done, we're just about ready to go.
  • The teams are just about ready for the anthems and pre-game ceremony.
  • The Slovenians are much better off, of course, but they too will be missing Brazil 2014 after crashing out of UEFA's World Cup qualification last month. Still, they are favoured heavily to continue Canada's misery.
  • Anyone who knows Canadian soccer knows that 2013 has been a miserable year for the men's national team. Despite having played more matches this year than almost every year in memory, Canada has still yet to win and has only scored once in 2013.
  • Hello and welcome to Goal Canada's live commentary of Slovenia-Canada. I'm Rudi Schuller, you can hit me up on Twitter (@RudiSchuller) with your comments about this game.