FC Flora Tallinn and FC Levadia Maardu set up a final day decider after victories at the weekend.
FC Flora Tallinn and FC Levadia Maardu set up a final day Estonian first division decider next Sunday after both won their penultimate matches of the season.
Seven for Flora
Leaders Flora maintained their advantage with a 7-0 victory at relegated FC Levadia Pärnu on Saturday. Aleksandr Kulik opened the scoring from the penalty spot after ten minutes and Tor Henning Hamre added one before the break. Meelis Rooba and Joel Lindpere both were in the goals before substitute Glenn Atle Larsen, who had only arrived in the 55th minute, took control. The Norwegian midfield player was still without a goal seven minutes from the end of the game, but by the final whistle had a hat-trick.
Maardu condemn Lootus
However, Maardu moved back to within two points of Flora on Sunday as they condemned FC Lootus Kohtla-Järve to a relegation play-off against FC Kuressaare with a 1-0 home win. Argo Arbeiter scored the only goal on 50 minutes in rainy conditions, but Maardu must now win when Flora visit in the championship finale.
Difficult start for Ratinkov
Sergei Ratnikov, who took charge of FC TVMK Tallinn after the end of Vjatseslav Smirnov's 20-year reign as head coach, saw his side, missing leading scorer Andrei Krõlov, beaten 6-3 by JK Tulevik Viljandi on Saturday - despite taking a 13th-minute lead through Ingemar Teever. Estonian Under-21 centre-forward Vjatseslav Zahovaiko was the star for the visitors, scoring four goals, helping put Tulev 5-1 up by the hour mark. Krõlov hopes to return from injury next week against JK Trans Narva to get the one goal he needs to match Maksim Gruznov's mark of 37 goals last season.
A superb Saturday for away sides in the division also saw Trans claim a 4-0 victory at FC Levadia Tallinn. Gruznov recaptured some of his 2001 form to score the first three goals, Dmitri Lipartov adding the other in the final moments.