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Russia beat Estonia to close on Group 2 summit

Published: Saturday 31 May 2014, 20.40CET
Estonia 1-2 Russia
The visitors raced into a 2-0 lead but ended up having to hang on to secure a win which leaves them a point off the Group 2 summit.
by Mikhail Malkin
from Lilleküla Stadium
Russia beat Estonia to close on Group 2 summit
Nikolai Pisarev's Russia are a point off the Group 2 summit ©Getty Images

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Published: Saturday 31 May 2014, 20.40CET

Russia beat Estonia to close on Group 2 summit

Estonia 1-2 Russia
The visitors raced into a 2-0 lead but ended up having to hang on to secure a win which leaves them a point off the Group 2 summit.

Russia moved to within a point of Denmark, the leaders in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2, thanks to a 2-1 win in Estonia.

Estonia had no shortage of chances but were not clinical enough to avoid a fourth defeat of their campaign. Indeed they were facing an uphill struggle after just 20 minutes in Tallinn, Nikita Baranov's own goal and Aleksei Nikitin's effort putting the visitors two up. Though Maksim Gussev soon pulled one back, Martin Reim's team could not find the back of the net for a second time.

Russia's first had come in fortuitous circumstances after only six minutes, Baranov inadvertently deflecting Pavel Mogilevets's low shot from outside the penalty area into the net. Captain Nikitin added a second when he headed in Vladimir Obukhov's corner, but Estonia halved their arrears just two minutes later thanks to Gussev's finish.

"I didn't enjoy my job today!" Russia coach Nikolai Pisarev told UEFA.com. "It was a nervy game and we made it hard for ourselves; we could have been 3-0 or 4-0 up in the first half. The 'football gods' often punish you when that happens. It's a shame we didn't convert many chances because I think we could have won 7-0."

Next up for Russia is a crucial encounter against Denmark on 3 September, when Estonia host Bulgaria.

Last updated: 04/06/15 7.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000412/match=2011401/postmatch/report/index.html#russia+close+summit

Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Russia

Russia

1
MeeritsMarko Meerits (GK) (C)
1
LobantsevMiroslav Lobantsev (GK)
2
ElhiTrevor Elhi
2
TenPetr Ten
3
AvilovVladimir Avilov
3
KaravaevVyacheslav Karavaev
4
BaranovNikita Baranov
Goal6
4
NikitinAleksei Nikitin (C)
Goal20
5
PikkArtur Pikk
5
ZuevIlya Zuev
6
RaudseppAndreas Raudsepp
6
MiranchukAleksei Miranchuk
7
MöölKarl Mööl
Substitution70
7
SerderovSerder Serderov
Substitution62
8
LuigendKarl-Eerik Luigend
8
MogilevetsPavel Mogilevets
9
AnierHannes Anier
Substitution88
9
SharipovAlbert Sharipov
10
LiivakFrank Liivak
10
ObukhovVladimir Obukhov
Substitution78
11
GussevMaksim Gussev
Goal22
Substitution65
11
BazelyukKonstantin Bazelyuk
Substitution56

Substitutes

12
AlandRichard Aland (GK)
12
Leonov Artem Leonov (GK)
14
SappinenRauno Sappinen
13
MargasovTimofei Margasov
15
VihmannMadis Vihmann
14
LambarskiIgor Lambarski
16
MarinPavel Marin
Substitution65
15
ChkhapeliyaNika Chkhapeliya
Substitution62
17
SobtšenkoRoman Sobtšenko
Substitution88
16
KnyazevIvan Knyazev
18
KaseMartin Kase
Substitution70
17
DavydovDenis Davydov
Substitution56
20
JunolainenErkki Junolainen
18
NurovGeorgi Nurov
Substitution78

Coach

Martin Reim (EST) Nikolai Pisarev (RUS)

Referee

Tore Hansen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Reidar Gundersen (NOR), Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR)

Fourth official

Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

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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