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Estonia late show raises curtain in style

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 21.00CET
Estonia 2-1 Faroe Islands
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying kicked off in thrilling fashion in Tallinn as Estonia struck twice in added time to secure an unlikely victory.
by Vladimir Bogachov
from A Le Coq Arena
Estonia late show raises curtain in style
Kaimar Saag scores the equaliser for Estonia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EstoniaFaroe Islands

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts31
 
7
Attempts on target14
 
3
Attempts off target12
 
4
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners14
 
3
Offsides3
 
3
Yellow cards0
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
17
Fouls suffered15
 
12

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 21.00CET

Estonia late show raises curtain in style

Estonia 2-1 Faroe Islands
UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying kicked off in thrilling fashion in Tallinn as Estonia struck twice in added time to secure an unlikely victory.

Added-time goals from Kaimar Saag and Raio Piiroja ensured the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign kicked off in thrilling fashion as Estonia came from a goal down to defeat the Faroe Islands in the competition's opening match in Tallinn.

Jóan Edmundsson scored the first goal on the road to Poland and Ukraine after 28 minutes and the Faroe Islands looked on course for a famous win in Group C after defending that lead for over an hour. Estonia finally found a way through in the first minute of added time when Saag volleyed in, and they were celebrating an unlikely victory two minutes later when captain Piiroja touched Enar Jääger's free-kick past Gunnar Nielsen and into the Faroese goal.

"I wouldn't like to be in Brian Kerr's shoes now," said Estonia coach Tarmo Rüütli. "It's hard to believe but I was kind of calm even after we conceded and couldn't score." That was largely down to Faroese goalkeeper Nielsen. Estonia pressed from the start and Andres Oper shot wide when one-on-one with the goalkeeper who, a minute later, turned Tarmo Kink's shot over the bar.

The Faroe Islands went ahead against the run of play shortly before the half-hour mark when Edmundsson directed Fródji Benjaminsen's drilled pass to the left of Sergei Pareiko from the edge of the area. The first goal of UEFA EURO 2012, Estonia were soon in search of the second. Nielsen saved smartly from Oper and Kink either side of half-time before keeping out Sander Puri's 63rd-minute drive. Nielsen was beaten six minutes from time only for Konstantin Vassiljev's shot to bounce back off the post.

With time running out Estonia finally scored when Sander Post picked out fellow substitute Saag to fire home, and an unprobable victory was assured when centre-back Piiroja turned in Jääger's free-kick from close range.

Last updated: 12/08/10 0.20CET

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Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

1
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
1
NielsenGunnar Nielsen (GK)
Yellow Card40
4
PiirojaRaio Piiroja (C)
Goal90+3
2
NaesJónas Tór Naes
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
Substitution70
3
Jóhan DavidsenJóhan Davidsen
6
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
4
GregersenAtli Gregersen
7
S. PuriSander Puri
Substitution76
5
RubeksenHendrik Rubeksen
8
OperAndres Oper
Substitution62
6
PetersenJann Ingi Petersen
Substitution85
9
KinkTarmo Kink
7
BenjaminsenFródi Benjaminsen (C)
14
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev
8
SamuelsenSímun Samuelsen
Substitution74
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan
9
BorgJákup Borg
Yellow Card52
Substitution67
17
JäägerEnar Jääger
10
HolstChristian Holst
Yellow Card21
19
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub
11
EdmundssonJóan Edmundsson
Goal28
Yellow Card36

Substitutes

12
AksaluMihkel Aksalu (GK)
16
ThomsenTórdur Thomsen (GK)
11
PurjeAts Purje
Substitution76
12
B. LøkinBogi Løkin
Substitution85
13
VunkMartin Vunk
13
á BøEgil á Bø
16
KamsGert Kams
14
C. MouritsenChristian Mouritsen
18
PostSander Post
Substitution70
15
C. JacobsenChristian Jacobsen
20
SaagKaimar Saag
Substitution62
Goal90+1
17
J. HansenJústinus Hansen
Substitution74
21
ZenjovSergei Zenjov
18
PoulsenRógvi Poulsen
Substitution67

Coach

Tarmo Rüütli (EST) Brian Kerr (IRL)

Referee

Ante Vučemilović (CRO)

Assistant referees

Dalibor Conjar (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Damir Batinić (CRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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