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History created as Levadia claim title

Published: Sunday 25 October 2009, 18.26CET
FC Levadia Tallinn overcame JK Maag Tammeka Tartu 2-0 to claim their fourth consecutive Estonian title, extending their unbeaten league run to a record 59 matches in the Meistriliiga.
by Mihail Malkin
from Tallinn
History created as Levadia claim title
Levadia's players celebrate another title ©FC Levadia Tallinn
Published: Sunday 25 October 2009, 18.26CET

History created as Levadia claim title

FC Levadia Tallinn overcame JK Maag Tammeka Tartu 2-0 to claim their fourth consecutive Estonian title, extending their unbeaten league run to a record 59 matches in the Meistriliiga.

FC Levadia Tallinn overcame JK Maag Tammeka Tartu 2-0 to claim their fourth consecutive Estonian title and seventh in their eleven-year history with four matches still remaining in the Meistriliiga season.

Unbeaten record
Anton Aristov's own goal and Vitali Leitan's fine long-range effort preserved Levadia's 15-point lead as the Tallinn side also extended their unbeaten league run to a record 59 league games. Levadia started the season with a 2-1 defeat against FC Flora in the Estonian Super Cup but recovered to produce 28 wins and four draws from their league fixtures to date. "Well done everybody," said coach Igor Prins. "The players did their job well. But there are some nuances we still have to work on. We have not reached our ceiling yet."

Scoring prowess
Levadia lost their top marksman midway the season as Nikita Andreev, scorer of 17 goals in as many matches, moved to UD Almería but that did not affect their championship bid. Vitali Gussev took up the baton and is currently the league's top goalscorer with 24 goals from 28 games while summer signing Tarmo Neemelo added eight more in 13 fixtures. "We will always have some inner reserve," added Prins, whose charges have amassed 110 goals in 32 matches. "We have men to score as you can see."

'Obtain respect'
After defeating Tammeka, Levadia defender Igor Morozov told uefa.com: "Our task was to win at all costs. Despite the poor pitch we controlled the game from the start. Now we have to develop our unbeaten run and make our record stand for a long time. This is how we can obtain respect for the club." His defensive colleague, Tihhon Šišov, added: "We completed our task before the break and held our tempo after the break, though we could not score more. After the match we drank a little champagne and shouted at the top of our voices in the dressing room. This is real sporting happiness."

Last updated: 26/10/09 0.12CET

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