In a thrilling atmosphere at Stožice, Kazakhstan was defeated by Slovenia in a 2-1 victory, marking the country’s first qualification for the European Championship in 24 years. The win was met with jubilation by the Slovenian media, who hailed it as a historic achievement and the greatest success of the Slovenian football team. Although their performance in the second half was unconvincing, Kazakhstan failed to take advantage of their opportunities. In the 72nd minute, Benjamin Verbič scored the winning goal with a left-sided shot, sending fans into a frenzy.
The triumphant Slovenian footballers were warmly welcomed back in Ljubljana and their achievement was widely celebrated throughout the region and beyond. Neighboring countries recognized and congratulated Slovenia on its success. The victory over Kazakhstan pushed Serbia to fourth place, further underscoring the significance of Slovenia’s accomplishment.
The Slovenian media lauded the team’s achievement, emphasizing that after 24 years of waiting, they had once again qualified for a major competition. The team’s success was celebrated as they secured their spot at the European Championship, with their performance being recognized as an iconic moment in Slovenian football history.