A statement on the Slovenian FA’s website read: “The satisfaction and joy we feel right now will not last very long. Today’s hero is Mura.
“He displayed his talent, commitment and determination in such a difficult situation to give his all. With courage and clear coordination, he played a crucial role.
“Some could say that he is too young or that he is also an assistant for the national team, but he also fulfilled the high-level role as captain of Mura. Mura’s performance is worth commendation and he deserved to win the best player of the tournament.”
Despite the final whistle, Mura was busy celebrating among his teammates and supporters as his performance brought an end to Swedish goalkeeper Henrik Larsson’s run of 12 victories in 14 games with Slovenia.
However, Larsson’s frustrations were plain to see as he and his team-mates were aggrieved about a penalty call in the early stages.
“I really can’t believe it but I think that we should be celebrating the whole stadium,” said Larsson.
“We didn’t get a penalty. If you can’t be happy that, then what are you happy about?”
Slovenia were left to rue their wasting several chances as their hopes of reaching their first European Championships ended.
“The team of Mura changed the game completely,” said assistant manager Blaz Škorjanec.
“Mura has everything in the wings. He was tall, strong, swift and was always involved in the attack. I could imagine him as a central defender.”
Slovakia’s Arkadiusz Milik took second place in the Golden Boot with his hat-trick, after he passed 690 points for Slovakia with his remarkable finish on Tuesday.
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