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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
 

Match statistics

Estonia
Russia

1

Goals scored

2

6

Total attempts

27

2

on target

11

3

off target

15

1

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

1

2

Corners

8

0

Offsides

2

0

Yellow cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

12

Fouls committed

4

4

Fouls suffered

12

Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Russia

Russia

1Meerits (GK) (C)1Lobantsev (GK)
2Elhi2Ten
3Avilov3Karavaev
4Baranov
6
4Nikitin (C)
20
5Pikk5Zuev
6Raudsepp6Miranchuk
7Mööl
70
7Serderov
62
8Luigend8Mogilevets
9Anier
88
9Sharipov
10Liivak10Obukhov
78
11Gussev
22
65
11Bazelyuk
56

Substitutes

12Aland (GK)12Leonov (GK)
14Sappinen13Margasov
15Vihmann14Lambarski
16Marin
65
15Chkhapeliya
62
17Sobtšenko
88
16Knyazev
18Kase
70
17Davydov
56
20Junolainen18Nurov
78

Coaches

Martin Reim (EST)
Nikolai Pisarev (RUS)

Referee

Tore Hansen (NOR)

Standings

  
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: 31/05/14 20.53CET

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