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Liechtenstein stun Lithuania for rare victory

Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 21.45CET
Liechtenstein 2-0 Lithuania
Goals from Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino ensured the hosts opened their Group I account with their first competitive win since October 2007.
Liechtenstein stun Lithuania for rare victory
Philippe Erne (left) is congratulated after opening the scoring for Liechtenstein ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LiechtensteinLithuania

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts6
 
24
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
15
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
10
Offsides4
 
4
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
20
Fouls suffered16
 
10

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 21.45CET

Liechtenstein stun Lithuania for rare victory

Liechtenstein 2-0 Lithuania
Goals from Philippe Erne and Michele Polverino ensured the hosts opened their Group I account with their first competitive win since October 2007.

A stunning goal from Philipe Erne set qualifying Group I minnows Liechtenstein on their way to a first competitive victory in over three and a half years.

Erne's seventh-minute strike was added to half an hour later by Michele Polverino, who clinically dispatched Franz Burgmeier's cross past Ernestas Šetkus. Though Hans-Peter Zaugg's men remain bottom of the section − they are a point behind Lithuania − that will do little to dampen their enthusiasm at gaining their first win in a qualifying competition since defeating Iceland 3-0 in October 2007.

In the absence of Žydrūnas Karčemarskas, Šetkus was making his first appearance of the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign and was powerless to keep out Erne's early effort. Lithuania responded with Darvydas Šernas hitting the outside of a post from the edge of the box, before Edgaras Česnauskis broke through but failed to locate Šernas with the goal unguarded.

The hosts, for whom this was only their fourth win in EURO qualifying history, absorbed the pressure and then produced a sucker punch. Burgmeier stole the ball on the left and his cross eventually set up Polverino, who finished with aplomb. Three minutes before the break, Šernas again came close, but his clever flick went wide.

Undeterred, the visitors started the second period with renewed vigour, Česnauskis having a shot parried by Benjamin Büchel and Tadas Kijanskas heading wide from close range. At the other end, Thomas Beck did likewise when unmarked, but it became clear it was not going to be Lithuania's night when, with 15 minutes remaining, the luckless Šernas struck the woodwork with a free-kick. Lithuania will hope their luck changes when the teams meet in the reverse fixture on 2 September.

Last updated: 04/06/11 0.18CET

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Lineups

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Lithuania

12
B. BüchelBenjamin Büchel (GK)
1
ŠetkusErnestas Šetkus (GK)
6
StocklasaMartin Stocklasa (C)
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
7
FischerBenjamin Fischer
Substitution72
3
RadavičiusRamūnas Radavičius
Yellow Card77
9
BeckThomas Beck
Yellow Card78
Substitution84
4
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas
11
BurgmeierFranz Burgmeier
5
SkerlaAndrius Skerla
13
M. BüchelMartin Büchel
7
PankaMindaugas Panka
16
ErnePhilippe Erne
Goal7
Substitution87
8
E. ČesnauskisEdgaras Česnauskis
Substitution68
18
N. HaslerNicolas Hasler
9
DanilevičiusTomas Danilevičius (C)
Yellow Card14
Substitution46
21
RitzbergerMarco Ritzberger
10
ŠernasDarvydas Šernas
Yellow Card8
22
KaufmannDaniel Kaufmann
Yellow Card81
13
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliunas
23
PolverinoMichele Polverino
Goal36
23
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
BiçerCengiz Biçer (GK)
12
MalinauskasMindaugas Malinauskas (GK)
2
GürOlcay Gür
11
SavenasMantas Savenas
Substitution68
8
A. ChristenAndreas Christen
Substitution84
14
PapšysMarius Papšys
14
W. KieberWolfgang Kieber
15
KlimavičiusArūnas Klimavičius
15
M. ChristenMathias Christen
Substitution72
17
PilibaitisLinas Pilibaitis
17
HanselmannRony Hanselmann
Substitution87
18
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Substitution46
19
D'EliaFabio D'Elia
19
LabukasTadas Labukas
Substitution46

Coach

Hans-Peter Zaugg (SUI) Raimondas Žutautas (LTU)

Referee

Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)

Assistant referees

Evgeni Belski (KAZ), Rustam Suyunov (KAZ)

Fourth official

Anatoliy Vishnichenko (KAZ)

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