Slovenia 0 Latvia 1
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Latvians grabbed success in Ljubljana and showed again their qualification was no fluke.
Slovenia, who qualified for the previous two major championships, are rated highly across Europe - but the Latvians took another sizeable scalp.
The only goal of the game came after 36 minutes when the diminutive Maris Verpakovskis (pictured) struck.
The Dynamo Kiev star took advantage of an error from Slovenia's Aleksander Knavs and fired home from close range.
Slovenia dominated possession, but it was Latvia who should have doubled their lead just before the interval but Andrejs Prohorenkovs drove his effort just wide.
Slovenia's best chance came from Ermin Siljak on the stroke of full time, but his effort smashed against the post and out.