Slovenia

Pijus Širvys scores memorable goal to secure victory for Maribor

13. May 2024
Pijus Širvys (foto: pigac.si)
Pijus Širvys, Maribor's standout left-back, recounts his crucial goal in the biggest match of Slovenia's national championship, marking it as one of the most significant in his career.
Pijus Širvys, the Lithuanian defender, has proven to be a stellar addition to NK Maribor, cementing his impact with a decisive goal in the most anticipated match of the Slovenian league season. Since being brought in by Maribor's sporting director Marko Šuler, Širvys has swiftly become a key player, blending well into the team's dynamic.

Over his 15 appearances in the Slovenian top-flight, Širvys has scored once and provided three assists, bringing a fresh and aggressive approach to a position long dominated by club veteran Martin Milec.

His recent performance was highlighted by scoring the winning goal in the eternal derby, propelling Maribor to second place in the league standings. This victory, bolstered by the return of a full crowd, was particularly moving for Širvys.

"It was unbelievable, a truly special feeling. We've waited a long time for the fans to return. Just playing in front of a full stadium was emotional, and then to win and score... It's hard to describe the sensation of such moments," said the 26-year-old, who regards his goal against Olimpija as one of the high points of his career so far.

"Thanks to Josip, all teammates, the coaching staff, and the fans. I've had many chances in previous games which I didn't convert. It's great that I scored, but I am aware I could have earlier, having had numerous opportunities. This certainly ranks as one of the most important goals in my career to date."

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