In the first match of the qualification for the First League, Aluminij and Gorica face off in Kidričev. The football players of Gorica want to avoid the second consecutive express relegation to the second division, while Aluminij is looking for a quick return to the best after the season in the 2nd SNL.
Two rounds before the end of the championship, the team from Kidrica had everything in their hands, but they lost against Primorje on their home turf and slipped to second place, where they remained even after the last round of the 2nd SNL. The people of Slatin were looking forward to breaking into the first division. Rogaška will be the 44th member in the history of the First League.
The Styrians once again put together a quality team. This was also confirmed by the cup matches with Koper and Olimpija, as the Kidricans eliminated last year’s cup champions, but they also resisted well against this year’s double champions.
On Friday evening, Gori won their first battle of the season when they beat Tabor from Sežana 1:0 in the last round of the First League. Primorje are determined to avoid the scenario from the 2020/21 season, when after returning to the top Slovenian clubs, they played in the first league for only one season. Staying in the Premier League is certainly of utmost importance for the continuation of cooperation with the American investor who joined the club months ago.
Kidri took the lead in the 7th minute. Goalkeeper Tibor Banić sent a long ball into the attack, Marko Brest was too fast for the Gori defense, and he beat Uroš Likar with a shot between his legs.
Alen Krajnc shook the net of his former club and equalized in the 19th minute. He checked Banić with a precise diagonal shot from the right side of the penalty area.
Qualification for the First League, first match: ALUMINUM – GORICA 3:1 (1:1) Brest 7th, Marinšek 57th, Skiba 78th; Krajnc 19.
Aluminium: Banić, Jovan, Koblar, Crnčec (46./Gorenak), Martić, Jagić, Schaubach, Brest, Marinšek, Šturm, Skiba.
Gorica: Likar, Krajnc, Mevlja, Selimović, Mlakar, Petrović, Ankrah, Velikonja, Karrica, Juncaj, Kolobarić.
Judge: Slavko Vinčić (Maribor)
The second leg will be on Sunday at 17:30.