Slovenia rue missed chances against Czechs

MARIBOR - Slovenia were left ruing missed opportunities after their 0-0 draw against the Czech Republic in a World Cup Group Three qualifier on Saturday. The two teams both have eight points from five games, one behind second-place Slovenia who have played a match less. Northern Ireland top the group with 10 points from six games. Slovenia first threatened the Czech's goal after eight minutes but Milivoje Novakovic's header went wide. Slovenia's Zlatko Dedic and Czech Milan Baros also had several scoring opportunities. "I am satisfied with what the team showed, their desire and their spirit. We can be proud. Shame they missed the opportunities but the Czechs also showed their quality," Slovenian coach Matjaz Kek told TV Slovenia after the match. Slovenia are away to leaders Northern Ireland on Wednesday, while the Czech Republic host Slovakia.