The Juve keeper had a comfortable game in goal for Italy, but was forced into action in the first half when he had to stop Kirm and Koren from distance.
The defender struggled to deal with the pace of Birsa and Novakovic in the first half, but settled down well in the second where he got the better of Slovenia's front men. His partnership with Ranocchia, however, continues to provide more questions than answers.
Solid if unspectacular from the Inter defender, who continues to adapt to top-level football. He didn't inspire much confidence at times, with his lapses in concentration continuing to be a grey spot in his game.
Despite a promising beginning to the game, he failed to show much desire to push forward, preferring to remain conservative. On the whole, he looks to have failed in winning the role permanently.
The Palermo wing-back had an impressive game, replacing Domenico Criscito on the left. He continually got the better of Brecko and showcased his crossing ability while stopping anything in his tracks.
A surprising half-time departure, the Brazil-born performer gave Italy's midfield tenacity and bite, doing all the dirty work for the rest of his team-mates to provide ammunition to the attack. Marchisio's introduction meant that they lost some balance and shape.
A quiet, yet influential display from the playmaker, who did not get involved as much as he would have liked, but still played a number of key passes, preferring to keep things simple in the centre of midfield.
A rather lazy performance from the Fiorentina man, who showed glimpses of his playmaking quality in the first half, but failed to show up in the second 45. Inconsistency continues to affect his impact at international level and he was replaced by Balotelli.
D. De Rossi
A triumphant return to form of sorts for the Roma midfielder, who gave an all-action performance to the Italy cause. Acting as a destroyer after Motta's departure, he also showed his ttacking ability, making late runs into the box frequently and powering shots at goal.
The Villarreal attacker is still continuing to rediscover his ruthless streak for Italy, after another poor performance. However, he showed more promise tonight, as he was visibly trying and got into all the right positions, but his finishing left a lot to be desired.
Another surprise victim of a substitution, he had an impressive first 45, creating a range of goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates with his vision and flair on the ball. However, his replacement Pazzini vindicated the switch in the end.
The Maribor goalkeeper made a few important stops, but also profited from Italy's lack of goalscoring touch during the match.
A tough first half against the fluidity of Italy's attack was succeeded by an improved display in the second, but he struggled to contain the hosts' late raid on their penalty area.
Cesar's club team-mate did not get much luck down the left, although he prevented Cassani from doing much damage and was solid throughout.
The Chievo centre-back did well to keep his defence in check, as he read the game fairly well and kept his distribution simple and on the deck. Better than his partner.
The full-back did not enjoy the best of games against Balzaretti and Balotelli, who beat both him frequently down the flank.
The winger failed to carve any openings in the match and was subsequently replaced by Ilicic early in the second half.
The Genoa new-boy had a good first half, where he posed Chiellini and Ranocchia problems with his pace and trickery, but was surprisingly replaced in the second 45.
The ADO midfield anchor showed real determination to act as his side's ball-winner, showing commitment to the cause and keeping his stamina levels high throughout.
The attacking midfielder was the brightest spark in Slovenia's side during the first half, but faded as the match wore on. Showed glimpses of his ability and on-the-ball intelligence at times.
Easily Slovenia's best player, it was an all-action performance from the midfielder, who had a number of attempts at goal, whilst getting the better of Marchisio and Montolivo, who looked lost in the midfield battle.
He showed promising link-up play with Birsa, where they almost scored in the first half. However, he couldn't forge any chances in the second, as he looked isolated at times.
- M. De Sanctis
- D. Criscito
- L. Bonucci
- A. Nocerino
A late assist was the only bright spot for the midfield general, who disrupted Italy's flow and rhythm, as he offered virtually nothing to their midfield. However, his long ball to set up the winner was very important, and for that he must be credited.
The temperamental hitman was another exciting introduction, replacing Montolivo late on. He did more in his short spell on the pitch than his counterpart for the majority of the match, with his technique and confidence, cutting inside from the wing giving Slovenia a real scare towards the end.
Despite struggling to get into his stride at first, he quickly got involved in proceedings, as his lively nature and intelligence allowed him to sneak into the box and grab the winner. Not the most extravagant of goals, but they all count.
- V. Belec
- B. Ilič
- M. Mavrič
The Palermo starlet came on midway through the second half, but failed to inspire his side to a breakthrough in the match, as it pretty much passed him by.
- T. Matavž
Another late appearance from the Bochum striker.
A late cameo, replacing Vrsic on the wing.