Slovenia brush aside Qatar

MARIBOR - World-Cup bound Slovenia thumped Qatar 4-1 in a friendly international on Wednesday.

Striker Milivoje Novakovic scored the first goal in the 14th minute and strikes from Bostjan Cesar and Andraz Kirm made it 3-0 before Qatar replied through Montezine just before halftime.

Bojan Jokic scored the only goal in the second half after team mate Robert Koren had missed a penalty.

"We should have scored more goals but it is clear that a team plays differently in friendly matches than in the more important ones. For the World Cup I just hope all players will be healthy," Novakovic told TV Slovenia.

Slovenia's opening Group C game in South Africa is against Algeria on June 13. The group also includes England and the United States.