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Allas strike lifts Estonia

Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.00CET
Estonia 2-0 Andorra A spectacular goal from Teet Allas sends Estonia on their way to victory.

Match statistics

EstoniaAndorra

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 June 2003, 20.00CET

Allas strike lifts Estonia

Estonia 2-0 Andorra A spectacular goal from Teet Allas sends Estonia on their way to victory.

A spectacular goal from defender Teet Allas helped Estonia to a 2-0 victory against Andorra that lifts them to second place in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 8.

Brothers return
Having won 2-0 in Andorra in April, Estonia were keen to repeat that success in Tallinn today, and were able to field a full-strength side. Andorra defender Ildefons Lima and his brother Toni, a midfield player, were both back after missing the previous defeat, although José Ayala was suspended.

Goal from halfway line
Estonia began the game strongly, and in the 23rd minute Allas gave them a deserved lead when he was first to a goal-kick from Andorra keeper Koldo Alvarez, and lobbed the ball from 35 metres over the shocked custodian and into the net.

Estonia hold on
Kristen Viikmae then doubled the lead ten minutes later when he tapped the ball in following a scramble after an Estonia corner. Andorra put Estonia goalkeeper Mart Poom under pressure early in the second half after the arrival of substitute striker Marc Pujol, but the home side soon regained control and held on for a win that takes them up to second place following group leaders Bulgaria's 2-2 draw with Belgium in Sofia.

'Our attack functioned well'
After the game, Estonia's Dutch coach Arno Pijpers said: "The second-half performance by us was absolutely terrible. Of course I am also very disappointed about Kristen [Viikmäe]'s caution [which rules him out of the next qualifier].

Croatia next
"We did play excellent football at the start of the game. Our attack functioned well, we scored two goals, which was our aim - to destroy our opponents quickly." His team can consolidate second place and move to within a point of Bulgaria with victory at home to Croatia on Wednesday.

'Two different halves'
Meanwhile, Andorra coach David Rodrigo, whose side have lost all five group games and are now officially out of qualification contention, said: "Today we had two different halves. Estonia attacked more in the opening half. In the second half the introduction of Pujol gave us more quality.

Praise for Poom
"Playmaking was our problem. Our defence played much better in the second half. I have to pay Mart Poom a compliment - he was excellent." His team's next game is against Belgium on Wednesday in Gand.

Last updated: 07/06/03 23.46CET

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Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Andorra

Andorra

1
PoomMart Poom
1
KoldoÁlvarez Koldo
2
AllasTeet Allas
Goal22
2
EscuraJordi Escura
3
StepanovAndrei Stepanov
3
Txema GarcíaTxema García
4
PiirojaRaio Piiroja
4
FernándezJulià Fernández
5
RoobaUrmas Rooba
Substitution49
5
Toni LimaAn Toni Lima
6
LeetmaLiivo Leetma
6
Ildefons LimaIldefons Lima
7
K. HaavistuKert Haavistu
Substitution70
7
GonzálezEmiliano González
Substitution83
8
KristalMarko Kristal
8
Juli SánchezJuli Sánchez
Yellow Card36
9
ViikmäeKristen Viikmäe
Goal31
Yellow Card89
9
JiménezManolo Jiménez
Substitution72
10
ZahovaikoVjatšeslav Zahovaiko
Yellow Card16
10
SonejeeÓscar Sonejee
11
LindpereJoel Lindpere
Substitution89
11
GonzalezJusto Gonzalez
Yellow Card90

Substitutes

12
PareikoSergei Pareiko
13
Alfonso SánchezAlfonso Sánchez
13
SaviaukErko Saviauk
Substitution49
14
SilvaFernando Silva
Substitution83
15
Meelis RoobaMeelis Rooba
Substitution70
15
PujolMarc Pujol
Substitution72
Yellow Card87
16
ReinumäeOtt Reinumäe
Substitution89
12
LucendoJesus Lucendo
14
OperAndres Oper
16
Genís GarcíaGenís García
17
LemsaluMarek Lemsalu
17
FelixÁlvarez Felix
18
JäägerEnar Jääger
18
FerronDani Ferron

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) David Rodrigo Lo (ESP)

Referee

Attila Juhos (HUN)

Assistant referees

Tibor Gyarmati (HUN), Gyorgy Tumo (HUN)

Fourth official

Janos Megyebiro (HUN)

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