Qualifying round (Group G) - 15/10/2013 - 20:10CET (21:10 local time) - Skonto Stadions - Riga
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Latvia battle back to stifle Slovakia

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 23.45CET
Latvia 2-2 Slovakia
Renārs Rode's stoppage-time equaliser in Riga salvaged a draw for the hosts who had trailed by two goals at half-time.
by Evgeny Polyakov
from Skonto Stadions
Latvia battle back to stifle Slovakia
Marians Pahars' Latvia showed character to produce a fine second-half comeback ©LFF

Match statistics

LatviaSlovakia

Goals scored2
 
2
Total attempts9
 
11
Attempts on target4
 
2
off target4
 
8
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
4
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
11
Fouls suffered9
 
12

Standings

Last updated: 16/10/2013 12:54 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 23.45CET

Latvia battle back to stifle Slovakia

Latvia 2-2 Slovakia
Renārs Rode's stoppage-time equaliser in Riga salvaged a draw for the hosts who had trailed by two goals at half-time.

Renārs Rode's added-time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw for Latvia against a Slovakia side who led by two goals at half-time.

No matter the outcome in Riga, neither team could earn a top-two finish in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group G and perhaps the freedom helped create an entertaining encounter. Ján Kozak's men got off to a perfect start, finding themselves two up inside 16 minutes. Latvia showed character to battle back, however, and restored pride with their two-goal second-half display. 

Latvia never got out of the blocks. Martin Jakubko headed in a perfect corner after nine minutes and Kornel Saláta soon doubled the Slovak advantage in a similar fashion. Coach Marians Pahars was thanking his lucky stars at half-time that his charges were only 2-0 down, as Michal Ďuriš and Erik Jendrišek had also gone close.

Whatever Pahars said to his players during the intermission worked like a charm. The 19-year-old prospect Valērijs Šabala pulled one back two minutes into the second half, the strike injecting passion into the hosts.

However, Matúš Kozáčik's goal remained untested until Pahars' decision to introduce substitute Māris Verpakovskis, who had reached a century of appearances last month. The forward's entry put Slovakia on the back foot and they conceded a final, fatal corner. Skonto FC defender Rode took advantage, turning in to earn a share of the spoils.

Last updated: 16/10/13 2.20CET

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Lineup

Latvia

Latvia

Slovakia

Slovakia

12Aleksandrs Koļinko (GK)23Matúš Kozáčik (GK)
2Vitālijs Maksimenko2Peter Pekarík (C)
3Renārs Rode
Goal90+2
4Ján Ďurica
4Nauris Bulvitis6Dušan Švento
5Juris Laizāns
Substitution53
9Stanislav Šesták
Substitution62
13Kaspars Gorkšs (C)13Tomáš Kóňa
15Artis Lazdiņš
Yellow Card83
14Martin Jakubko
Goal9
Substitution56
16Valērijs Šabala
Yellow Card45+3
Goal47
16Kornel Saláta
Goal16
18Aleksandrs Fertovs18Erik Jendrišek
19Andrejs Kovaļovs19Juraj Kucka
Yellow Card83
Substitution86
22Eduards Višņakovs
Yellow Card74
Substitution85
21Michal Ďuriš

Substitutes

1Andris Vaņins (GK)1Ján Mucha (GK)
23Germans Māliņš (GK)12Martin Dúbravka (GK)
7Vladimirs Kamešs5Jozef Piaček
8Jurijs Žigajevs8Karim Guédé
Substitution62
9Māris Verpakovskis
Substitution85
11Adam Nemec
10Deniss Rakeļs20Marek Bakoš
Substitution56
11Ivans Lukjanovs22Viktor Pečovský
Substitution86
17Artūrs Zjuzins
Substitution53
21Vitālijs Jagodinskis

Coach

Marians Pahars (LVA) Ján Kozak (SVK)

Referee

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)

Assistant referees

Serhiy Bekker (UKR), Semen Shlonchak (UKR)

Fourth official

Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)

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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