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Matchday 3, Nõmme Kalju vs. Tulevik Viljandi, 6-2

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- Kalju make it three wins from three

- Kalju's goal tally stands at 12 goals in three matches

- Lindpere makes Kalju debut as sub

Nõmme Kalju made it three wins from three with a 6-2 victory of Tulevik Viljandi. Two goals apiece for Wakui and Ken Kallaste, added to strikes from Ats Purje and Allan Kimbaloula helped them on their way; Indrek Ilves bagged two for the visitors, opening Tulevik’s account for the season.


Kalju made two changes from the 3-0 win at Paide. Alo Barengrub made his first appearance of the season, coming in to central defence in place of Jorge Rodrigues, who was rested after collecting two bookings already this season and important matches on the horizon.  Tarmo Neemelo replaced Vladimir Voskoboinikov as the lone striker after two goals in two substitute appearances this season, and Joel Lindpere was on the bench.

 

Tulevik made four changes from their 2-0 defeat to Sillamäe. Martti Puolakainen replaced Kar-Romet Nõmm between the sticks, with the rest of the changes coming in midfield. Sander Loigo, Rainer Peips and Gerdo Juhkam dropped out, with the latter not in the match-day squad.

 

Their replacements were in the form of Erkki Kubber, Kaarel Henn and Oskar Berggren. Kubber took his place as the attacking midfielder, with Henn and Berggren slotting in at left and right back respectively. Karl Ivar Maar and Tanel Lang took up the defensive midfield roles, with Indrek Ilves moving forward to left midfield and Raiko Mutle on the right.

 

Kalju began the match in positive fashion and, despite Viljandi stocking everyone behind the ball, it took the hosts less than 2 minutes to take the lead.

 

Allan wheels away after opening the scoring (image: err.ee)

Allan wheels away after opening the scoring
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A deep, high cross from the left by Nicolas Galpin was headed back across goal by Artjom Dmitrijev, and Allan Kimbaloula was on hand to nod easily in to the net that Nõmm had left poorly guarded when dealing with Neemelo’s header. It was a poor goal for Viljandi to concede, and their hopes of getting anything from the match, including a respectable defeat, were almost dashed from the off.

 

An unthreatening long-range shot apiece followed in the early exchanges, with Tulevik struggling to keep their cool when Kalju ventured anywhere near their box.

 

Allan had a claim for a penalty turned down when he robbed the shaky Tulevik defence of the ball, but the referee deemed the challenge fair and allowed play to go on.

 

Kalju were throwing players forward; Kallaste and Galpin were getting forward down the left-hand side with Kalju almost playing with a back three at times. Their dominance was surprisingly halted on 12 minutes, however, as Tulevik bagged themselves an equaliser and what was their first goal of the season.

 

Ilves broke free from a Kalju attack, exchanging passes with Kubber and racing on to the ball behind the Kalju defence. The retreating Purg didn’t do enough to put Ilves off, and the Tulevik winger coolly slotted past the advancing Teles to earn his side a surprise equaliser.

 

Kalju responded by keeping a high tempo and continued to try to work their way through the Viljandi defence, but with the visitors playing a deep defensive line Kalju were having to be patient, despite their early breach.

 

Lang picked up the game’s first booking after just 18 minutes for a foul on Neemelo on the edge of the box, and it was this infringement that provided Kalju with the opportunity to retake the lead.

 

Ken Kallaste bagged two of Kalju's goals (image: jkkalju.ee)

Ken Kallaste bagged two of Kalju's goals
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After limited attacking license in the opening two fixtures of the season, Ken Kallaste made his mark on the scoring charts with a powerful, low drive, after a neat free kick set-up by Artjom Dmitrijev and Wakui, beating Nõmm at the near post to make it 2-1.

 

The Tulevik keeper will feel he should have done better, and Tulevik will have been disappointed having only just got themselves back on terms, but Kalju had found a way through their opposition’s defence and weren’t about to stop their pursuit of goals.

 

Kallaste’s strike turned out to be the catalyst for Kalju as they went 3-1 up just three minutes later. Ats Purje appeared to bag his first of the season after deflecting Wakui’s 25-yard strike into the bottom corner of the net. There may be some debate as to whether his touch was significant enough to warrant him claiming the goal, but the Kalju players didn’t seem to care one bit.

 

Allan headed a corner wide on 26 minutes, and Kalju’s apparent license to bulk up the midfield saw them have much of the first-half possession, allowing them to knock the ball around easily and, coupled with their two-goal cushion, take their time with build-up play.

 

Purje and Allan swapped flanks once again, and it was the former who almost teed up the latter with a teasing in-swinging cross from the right, but Allan couldn’t quite get his head to the ball to turn it home.

 

Wakui was finding the ball in deeper positions than usual, allowing Purje and Allan to roam as they pleased. Allan used this freedom to cut in from the left on 31 minutes and strike a right-footed shot just wide of the keeper’s right post.

 

Viljandi were struggling to get any possession in the Kalju half, being crowded out as soon as they got their foot on the ball and they were being forced to rush any counter attacks they tried to deploy. They did win a corner in the 32nd minute, causing Kalju a moment of panic after the ball was whipped back in towards Post after the initial cross had been cleared. Teles eventually got his hands on the ball, however, leaving Tulevik to refocus on keeping their opponents out, a feat which managed to evade them once again just 60 seconds later.

 

This was a feat too far, as Kallaste bagged his second of the game 60 seconds later. A quick attack down the middle saw Wakui play the ball forward to Neemelo, who, with his back to goal, dinked the ball into the path of the onrushing Kallaste for him to strike low and hard past Nõmm and into the corner of the net.

 

It was an incisive and clinical move by Kalju, and they were clearly in the mood to put Viljandi to the sword as the visitors continued to retreat closer and closer to their own goal. They managed to venture forward again two minutes later, but a lack of a clinical edge saw the result limited to a scrappy shot wide of the goal.

 

The referee brought to an end a first half of football that had been characterised by a deep Viljandi defensive position that was allowing Kalju to knock the ball around and penetrate when their opponents inevitably left a gap close to goal.

 

No changes were made at the break as Viljandi had to settle for damage limitation in the second period; Purje and Allan swapped back to their original flanks.

Joel Lindpere's first action in a Kalju shirt (image: sport.postimees.ee)

Joel Lindpere's first action in a Kalju shirt
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The first notable action saw Nicolas Galpin find his way in to the referees book following a tackle on Mutle two minutes in, before Erkki Kubber was replaced by Rainer Peips on 50 minutes for the visitors and, more notably, Joel Lindpere made his Kalju bow on 54 minute in place of Dmitrijev.

 

Kalju continued to control proceedings and extended their lead 11 minutes into the second half. Eino Puri’s ball from the right-hand side found Neemelo on the edge of the box, and his touch back to Wakui was spectacularly lashed home from 20 yards by the Japanese playmaker.

 

Vladimir Voskoboinikov made an appearance just before the hour mark as he replaced Neemelo, and a minute later Reino Peips became the third man in to the ref’s book for a late foul on Puri. Maar soon followed, as did Post, whose trip on Lindpere in the box following a corner presented Kalju with the chance to add a sixth goal to their tally.

 

Wakui stepped up to slot the ball just out of the keeper’s outstretched right hand and in to the bottom corner to make it 6-1.

 

A couple of brief forays forward came Viljandi’s way, before they managed to break Kalju’s metronomic possession of the ball with another surprise goal with 19 minutes to go.

 

Mutle had been denied by the outstretched hand of Teles moments earlier, and Kalju had just replaced Purje with Erik Listmann, when Puri was dispossessed in the middle of the park, allowing Maar to slide the ball between Kallaste and Purg for Ilves to run on to, round Teles and slot home for his and his side’s second of the afternoon.

 

Kalju will be annoyed at being carved open twice when in control of the game, but such was their dominance of the score line it was a minor blip on their copybook for the day.

 

Roger Teor replaced Mutle with 14 minutes to go as neither side were able to add to their tallies. Kaarel Henn closed out the game with a yellow card as Kalju extended their winning start to the season, having scored 12 goals in their 3 matches thus far.

 

Viljandi will have expected to endure damage limitations such as this one, but the fact that they bagged themselves two goals will have been something of a relief, despite the heavy defeat.

 

Joel Lindpere’s chances of making the national squad probably won’t have been defined by this performance, despite him looking tidy and winning his side a penalty against a lower-strength oppositions. He needs game time, and he will be hoping that he gets thrown a chance by Magnus Pehrsson to show his credentials.

 

RdS Man of the Match: Hidetoshi Wakui

Kalju's teamwork was evident again today (image: jalgpall.ee)

Kalju's teamwork was evident again today
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Wakui stepped up to slot the ball just out of the keeper’s outstretched right hand and in to the bottom corner to make it 6-1.

 

A couple of brief forays forward came Viljandi’s way, before they managed to break Kalju’s metronomic possession of the ball with another surprise goal with 19 minutes to go.

 

Mutle had been denied by the outstretched hand of Teles moments earlier, and Kalju had just replaced Purje with Erik Listmann, when Puri was dispossessed in the middle of the park, allowing Maar to slide the ball between Kallaste and Purg for Ilves to run on to, round Teles and slot home for his and his side’s second of the afternoon.

 

Kalju will be annoyed at being carved open twice when in control of the game, but such was their dominance of the score line it was a minor blip on their copybook for the day.

 

Roger Teor replaced Mutle with 14 minutes to go as neither side were able to add to their tallies. Kaarel Henn closed out the game with a yellow card as Kalju extended their winning start to the season, having scored 12 goals in their 3 matches thus far.

 

Viljandi will have expected to endure damage limitations such as this one, but the fact that they bagged themselves two goals will have been something of a relief, despite the heavy defeat.

 

Joel Lindpere’s chances of making the national squad probably won’t have been defined by this performance, despite him looking tidy and winning his side a penalty against a lower-strength oppositions. He needs game time, and he will be hoping that he gets thrown a chance by Magnus Pehrsson to show his credentials.

 

RdS Man of the Match: Hidetoshi Wakui