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Slovenia-Canada Preview: No goals in nine games for the hapless visitors

17 November 2013 09:55

Slovenia will look to take out their disappointment on missing out on the World Cup on a hapless Canada team on Tuesday.

Switzerland and Iceland finished ahead of Slovenia in Europe's Group E of qualifying for Brazil 2014 last month, meaning Srecko Katanec's side missed out on consecutive appearances at World Cup finals.

In their first match since losing 1-0 to Switzerland in Group E's final round, Slovenia will host Canada in Celje and Katanec should expect his team to respond emphatically against a side that have not won in 13 matches.

Canada have lost 10 of those games, including embarrassing defeats to Martinique and Mauritania, and have not scored in nine straight matches - the perfect victims for an angry home team on Tuesday.

Halfway through Europe's Group E of World Cup qualifying, Slovenia had tasted victory just once in five matches and were seemingly finished in terms of qualification for Brazil.

But with Katanec taking the reins at the start of the year, replacing Slavisa Stojanovic, Slovenia responded - overcoming Iceland, Albania, Cyprus and Norway only to fall two points short of a World Cup play-off spot.

Instead Iceland finished second after Slovenia failed to overcome Switzerland in October.

Katanec will hope Dynamo Dresden forward Zlatko Dedic can use the friendly versus Canada to end his goal-scoring drought as the 29-year-old has not found the back of the net for Slovenia in nine matches.

Dedic has two goals to his name and three assists in 13 games for Dresden in 2.Bundesliga this season.

Goals will also be the focus for Canada as coach Benito Floro continues his attempt to turn the North American team around.

Canada's last international ended in a 2-0 defeat away to Czech Republic.

With the MLS play-offs still underway, Floro has been denied access to Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson, although the Spanish coach still has a squad with a bunch of experience in the United States' top league, plus the leading divisions in Germany, Sweden and Norway.

Ex-Norwich striker Simeon Jackson could be the key if Canada are to get on the scoresheet with the 26-year-old currently playing for Eintracht Braunschweig in the Bundesliga.

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1 - 0

Competition
Friendlies
Date
19 November 2013
Kick-off
18:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Arena Petrol (Celje)
Attendance
2500

Goals

V. Birsa 52'
(assist by J. Kurtič) 
1 - 0

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