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Estonia leave it late to see off Lithuania

Published: Saturday 5 September 2015, 20.33CET
Estonia 1-0 Lithuania
Konstantin Vassiljev scored the only goal as the home side won in Tallinn for the third time in Group E to maintain their slender hopes.
Estonia leave it late to see off Lithuania
Konstantin Vassiljev scored the only goal for Estonia ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

EstoniaLithuania

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)53
 
47
Total attempts12
 
12
on target2
 
5
off target7
 
3
blocked3
 
4
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
13

Standings

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Published: Saturday 5 September 2015, 20.33CET

Estonia leave it late to see off Lithuania

Estonia 1-0 Lithuania
Konstantin Vassiljev scored the only goal as the home side won in Tallinn for the third time in Group E to maintain their slender hopes.

  • Estonia up to third in Group E after edging out Lithuania
  • Konstantin Vassiljev scores a 71st-minute winner in Tallinn
  • Baltic neighbours Lithuania stay fourth in section
  • Deimantas Petravičius misses late chance for Lithuania
  • Next games: Slovenia v Estonia, Lithuania v San Marino (8 September)

Estonia maintained their outside hopes in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E as a late Konstantin Vassiljev strike saw off Lithuania at the A. Le Coq Arena.

Magnus Pehrsson's hosts, who knew they could temporarily move above Slovenia into third place with a win, made a typically raucous start, hurrying the likes of Linas Klimavičius and Marius Žaliukas into early errors.

Joel Lindpere then galloped down the left on the half-hour, before turning inside Klimavičius and finding skipper Ragnar Klavan in space. The 29-year-old, however, could not keep his headed effort on target.

The visitors emerged brightly after the interval and could have broken the deadlock as Deivydas Matulevičius capitalised on goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu dropping the ball but defender Žaliukas cleared off the line seconds later.

Estonia had pre-match aspirations to re-emerge as a force in the race for qualification, with their final match of the campaign falling against the Swiss on 12 October, yet they were being left increasingly frustrated by Igoris Pankratjevas's stubborn side.

Their efforts were finally rewarded, much to Pehrsson's relief, after 71 minutes when Sergei Zenjov scampered past Egidijus Vaitkūnas before allowing Vassiljev to ghost through, taking the ball with him, and rifling his team in front.

Deimantas Petravičius was nearly able to haul Lithuania back into it with ten minutes remaining as Arvydas Novikovas's free-kick fell kindly to him but Zenjov was on hand to block at his near post.

The buoyant home crowd greeted the full-time whistle with delight as the Sinisärgid kept themselves in with a fighting chance of reaching UEFA EURO 2016 next summer.

Last updated: 07/09/15 0.22CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013990/postmatch/report/index.html#estonia+lithuania

Lineups

Estonia

Estonia

Lithuania

Lithuania

12
AksaluMihkel Aksalu (GK)
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK) (C)
2
LindpereJoel Lindpere
Substitution67
2
KlimavičiusLinas Klimavičius
3
PikkArtur Pikk
6
ŽaliukasMarius Žaliukas
Yellow Card65
6
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
Yellow Card87
7
D. ČesnauskisDeividas Česnauskis
Yellow Card69
Substitution79
9
PurjeAts Purje
Yellow Card79
Substitution86
8
VaitkūnasEgidijus Vaitkūnas
10
ZenjovSergei Zenjov
9
MatulevičiusDeivydas Matulevičius
Yellow Card30
Substitution63
14
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev
Goal71
Substitution90+3
11
NovikovasArvydas Novikovas
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan (C)
16
SlivkaVykintas Slivka
17
JäägerEnar Jääger
17
ŽulpaArtūras Žulpa
18
MetsKarol Mets
18
PankaMindaugas Panka
Substitution78
23
TenisteTaijo Teniste
22
ČernychFiodor Černych

Substitutes

1
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
12
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
22
LondakPavel Londak (GK)
21
ČerniauskasVytautas Černiauskas (GK)
4
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub
3
FreidgeimasGeorgas Freidgeimas
Substitution79
5
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
4
KijanskasTadas Kijanskas
7
S. PuriSander Puri
Substitution86
5
SlavickasVaidas Slavickas
8
SubbotinIgor Subbotin
10
LukšaVytautas Lukša
11
TeeverIngemar Teever
13
MikoliūnasSaulius Mikoliūnas
13
LutsSiim Luts
Substitution90+3
14
PilibaitisLinas Pilibaitis
16
JürgensonMarkus Jürgenson
15
ChvedukasKarolis Chvedukas
19
KallasteKen Kallaste
Substitution67
19
SpalvisLukas Spalvis
Substitution63
20
KamsGert Kams
20
BartkusAndrius Bartkus
21
BaranovNikita Baranov
23
PetravičiusDeimantas Petravičius
Substitution78

Coach

Magnus Pehrsson (SWE) Igoris Pankratjevas (LTU)

Referee

Oliver Drachta (AUT)

Assistant referees

Roland Brandner (AUT), Stefan Kuehr (AUT)

Fourth official

Roland Riedel (AUT)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel Schuettengruber (AUT), Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution