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Kalju beat Paide in Estonian Cup final

Published: Saturday 30 May 2015, 22.40CET
Nõmme Kalju FC will be involved in UEFA Europa League qualifying next season after a 2-0 victory against Paide Linnameeskond in the Estonian Cup final.
by Mikhail Malkin
from Tallinn
Kalju beat Paide in Estonian Cup final
Kalju celebrate their Estonian Cup win ©JK Nõmme Kalju
Published: Saturday 30 May 2015, 22.40CET

Kalju beat Paide in Estonian Cup final

Nõmme Kalju FC will be involved in UEFA Europa League qualifying next season after a 2-0 victory against Paide Linnameeskond in the Estonian Cup final.

Nõmme Kalju FC defeated Paide Linnameeskond 2-0 to claim the Estonian Cup and book a place in 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifying.

Kalju, who won their first nine league games this term, looked comfortable throughout against the team second from bottom in the Estonian top flight. Artjom Dmitrijev broke the deadlock – following some stout Paide defending – just before half-time, applying the finishing touch to Allan Kimbaloula's cross from the right.

Paide were forced to open up as the second period progressed and Kalju duly capitalised on the space to double their advantage with 14 minutes left. Though Tarmo Neemelo's header was saved by Mart-Mattis Niinepuu, Kimbaloula was on hand to convert the rebound.

"The first half was quite difficult as our players didn't keep their shape," said Kalju coach Sergei Terehhov. "Luckily, it was us who scored just before half-time. In the second half, we had more space to attack and create chances. Dmitrijev added: "We are very happy and will try to hold our own in Europe. It was a tough match as our opponents always had nine or ten men behind the ball."

Paide's veteran defender Liivo Leetma said: "We had planned to give our opponents the initiative, but perhaps we should have been more aggressive in the second half instead of staying cautious and sticking to the plan."

Last updated: 30/05/15 23.09CET

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