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Flora pay thanks to 'footballing gods'

Published: Wednesday 4 March 2009, 11.57CET
FC Flora coach Tarmo Rüütli admitted "the result was better than the game itself" after his side beat Meistriliiga titleholders FC Levadia Tallinn 2-1 in the Estonian Super Cup, despite playing much of the tie with ten men.
by Mikhail Malkin
from Tallinn
Flora pay thanks to 'footballing gods'
Flora celebrate their Estonian Super Cup triumph ©Nikolai Lamakh
Published: Wednesday 4 March 2009, 11.57CET

Flora pay thanks to 'footballing gods'

FC Flora coach Tarmo Rüütli admitted "the result was better than the game itself" after his side beat Meistriliiga titleholders FC Levadia Tallinn 2-1 in the Estonian Super Cup, despite playing much of the tie with ten men.

FC Flora coach Tarmo Rüütli admitted his side were "assisted by the footballing gods" after they beat Meistriliiga titleholders FC Levadia Tallinn in the Estonian Super Cup, despite playing much of the game with ten men.

Early dismissal
Last year's Estonian Cup winners were put under added pressure when youngster Joonas Tamm was given his marching orders after kicking out at Levadia defender Igor Morozov midway through the first half. Yet they were soon in front as Mikk Reintam headed in a free-kick and things went from bad to worse for Levadia when captain Konstantin Nahk missed a penalty on the cusp of half-time. Flora's Siksten Kasimir had more success from the spot five minutes after the restart, rendering Indrek Zelinski's late goal a mere consolation.

'Two bad halves'
"We had two really bad halves," lamented the Estonian champions' coach, Igor Prins. "We made too many mistakes up front, could not hold the ball up and were not even able to create goalscoring opportunities." Prins now has just three days to plug the gaps before his side begin their Meistriliiga defence against FC Kuressaare, though Rüütli admits he also has work to do ahead of Flora's trip to JK Nõmme Kalju. "The result was better than the game itself," he said. "We were good at set-pieces and assisted by the football gods."

Last updated: 04/03/09 18.18CET

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