by Deni Delev
Mihkel Aksalu 6
New clean sheet as he didn’t get tested seriously. Did well when called upon and looks very comfortable in the number 1 role.
Enar Jääger 6
Good display in the newly formed partnership with Klavan in central defense, he didn’t make any mistakes and controlled his area well, allowing Klavan to go forward at times.
Ragnar Klavan 6
Standard quality performance from the captain. He even had a few adventures in Lithuania’s box, however, without any particular success
Teijo Teniste 6
Stayed calm throughout 90 minutes. Made a few nice runs forward to help out the front line.
Artur Pikk 6.5* (MOTM)
Real refreshment in Pehrsson’s squad. Tirelessly ran up and down the field causing troubles to the guests. He will definitely get more playing time in future.
Karol Mets 6
Back in midfield to add the much needed security in front of the back four.
Aleksandr Dmitrijev 5.5
Not his best game in the national team, got a yellow card, but covered a lot of ground and made sure Lithuanians didn’t have many long range efforts.
Konstantin Vassiljev 6
Once again proved why he is the most important player in the team. Even though he didn’t have the best game, one touch of pure class was enough for maestro Kostja to make the difference.
Sergei Zenjov 5.5
Connected well with midfield and didn’t leave the Lithuanian defenders a second to breathe.
Joel Lindpere 5.5
Positive performance. Looked very lively and had some nice runs in the final third.
Ats Purje 6
Always looked dangerous in the box and even had a couple of nice chances. Definitely Pehrsson’s best choice for a striker at the moment.
Subs: Ken Kallaste 5.5
Got just a bit over 20 minutes to play and in a more advanced role and the Nõmme Kalju man did a good job.
Sander Puri n.a
Siim Luts n.a
Coach: Magnus Pehrsson 6.5
In the first half the game looked a bit slow as if they were reluctant to score, but in the second half they improved and showed desire to win. His move with Pikk was a game changer and Magnus showed that he still has aces left in his sleeves.
In a long interview with ‘La Repubblica’ one of Italy’s main newspaper, the ‘old fox’ of Italian coaches, Giovanni Trapattoni (75 year old!) admitted that he misses the coaching job very bad. ‘I miss the pitch and the adrenaline,’ confessed the veteran coach who has won everything at club level with Juventus and coached also the Italian national team in the unlucky 2002 World Cup campaign ended prematurely by corrupted referee Byron Moreno.
He received an offer from Indonesia he has declined due to the long trip required. ‘It’s 14 hours of flight, I am not sure my wife Paola would agree…’. His wife is indeed the main ‘cause’ for Trap not taking a job yet as she constantly reminds him his actual age. ‘But I feel good, I am lucid,’ confessed the old skipper. ‘A lot of people has been after me in the last months: from Finland to Estonia and many clubs.’
A revelation that sheds a shadow on Magnus Pehrsson’s recent confirmation by the Estonian FA at the helm of the national team for other 2 years.
Trapattoni had a first contact with Estonian football in 2011 when he guided Ireland in the European qualifiers play-offs that were played in Tallinn (4-0 for the Irish) and Dublin (1-1).
He became quite popular also among the fans here for his ‘don’t say cat is in the sack’ (check video below), a literal translation of an Italian say (‘non dire gatto se non ce l’hai nel sacco’) to mean don’t jump the gun when doing things which are not achieved yet.
Trapattoni admits to Repubblica that he prefers the national team job to a club one for the possibility to return home more often than not.
by Deni Delev
Grest job to deny Palazzi in the 16th minute. Didn’t have anything else serious to cope with but controlled his box very well.
Another solid display by the right full-back, almost perfect in his passing.
Solid as a rock in defense, captain Raku had a couple of adventourous runs in San Marino’s half as well.
Last man in Estonia’s defensive line. Excellent display and good to see him back in combination with Klavan.
Man of the match performance. Kalju Nõmme defender managed to take his club form in the national team and despite coping with San Marino’s attackers easily, he spent considerable amount of time forward and even got himself an assist.
Suffered an injury at the start of the match but continued and controlled the center of the park very well.
Great performance by the „celebration boy“ who formed a formidable partnership with Vassiljev in midfield and cause all kinds of troubles for the guests.
Another flawless display by Kostja as he was the one to start almost all the attacks for the home team. Had a couple of dangerous shots as well, unfortunatelly off target.
Didn’t get the chance to go towards the goal as he does for Flora, but the winger had a comfortable evening on the right side.
Connected well with Vassiljev and Kallaste and had a very good attempt in 32nd minute which was saved by Simoncini. Scored a brace later on, could have scored at least one more.
Countless of duels against the defenders of San Marino, Kalju Nõmme striker successfully created space for Zenjov in the box.
Played the last 11 minutes and established even more control in midfield for the home team.
Coach PEHRSSON 6
Did everything right. Seems to be getting the right chemistry in the team. Good partnerships are being created by Mets and Klavan, Vassiljev and Lindpere as well as Zenjov and Purje.