- Kvasov bags a hat trick in rout
- Tammeka restricted to next to no chances
- Sillamae beat Tammeka 9-0 on aggregate over two consecutive matches between the two
By Chris Johns
Sillamae Kalev put in an impressive display to rout Tammeka Tartu 5-0. Jaroslav Kvasov bagged himself three goals as last season’s Premium Liiga runners up were in a commanding mood.
Tammeka made four changes from the 4-0 defeat to Sillamae last time out; Rasmus Tauts, Martin Naagel, Karli Kutt and Temari Nuuma all lost their place in the starting line-up, as Saks, Raabis, Pechter and Anderson came in to the fold.
Sillamae made just one change, as the suspended Igor Dudarev was replaced by Kyrylo Silich. Deniss Tjapkin moved to centre back, with Andrei Sidorenkov shuffling to left back, and Silich starting as part of a seemingly-rotating attacking midfield line.
The match started at a high tempo, with Sillamae trying to press early on. Pechter had to be off his line quickly to punch a cross away with Silich lurking in the opening 60 seconds, before Raabis smashed a shot wide of the far post from the left shortly after, but the linesman had already adjudged him to have been offside.
Sillamae were keeping hold of the ball and moving it around quickly in the opening exchanges, restricting Tammeka to any sight of the ball near their opponent’s box. The visitors were looking to get the ball forward quickly and over the top of the Tammeka defence, with Vnukov spraying the ball around nicely.
In the 14th minute, Anderson brought down Vnukov on the left, with the former receiving a warning from the referee. A minute later, Ratnikov managed to put a cross in from the left, but Cheminava could only head it over from close range when under pressure.
Tammeka were struggling to get any possession in the Sillamae half as the hosts were controlling proceedings. Paju was shown the game’s first yellow card on 16 minutes after bundling over Dubokin on the left. Sidorenkov stepped up to curl the free kick round the Tammeka wall, but the ball skimmed the wrong side of the side netting.
A small spell of pressure finally came for Tammeka around the 20 minute mark, but any sort of chance evaded them as Sillamae kept them at bay. Sillamae themselves weren’t creating a hatful of chances, but they did manage to break the deadlock on 24 minutes courtesy of a set play.
Sidorenkov’s corner from the right was poorly cleared by Tekko, and the ball fell kindly for Tjapkin, who took his time before smashing home from 6 yards.
Sillamae were straight on the attack shortly after, and made it 2-0 on 26 minutes. A long ball in to the left side of the Tammeka box was headed inside by Ratnikov, finding Kvasov completely unmarked in the middle. The striker had time to bring the ball under his control before slotting it past Pechter to put the visitors two goals to the good.
Sillamae’s tempo and direct play was a feature of their game in the first period, and they deserved the lead they had built for themselves.
Tammeka struggled to respond, with Raabis’ driving run through the centre eventually being brought to a halt by Tjapkin on the edge of the box. At the other end, Silich, Ratnikov and Toomet were seeing plenty of the ball and looked threatening each time they went forward.
Silich was, however, shown a yellow card after breaking into the box on the left before taking a tumble. The referee deemed his fall to be the result of a dive, taking the Sillamae attacker’s name down without any sort of appeal from Silich.
As the first period came to a close, Dubokin’s attempted chip after Silich had dispossessed Suurpere on the edge of the box dropped harmlessly wide of the far post, before Toomet couldn’t quite reach Dubokin in the centre with his by-line pull back from the left.
The referee’s whistle ended a fairly one-sided first 45 minutes, with Tammeka needing to figure out a game plan to get their attacking play working.
Neither side felt the need for personnel changes at the break, and both sides returned for the second half eager to get back into the flow of things.
The first chance of the second half came ten minutes in, as Tiirik saw his free kick easily saved by Starodubtsev. Tammeka were applying more pressure than in the first half, but they were still struggling for chances, moving the ball a little too quickly for their own good at times.
At the other end, Toomet’s inswinging cross from the left just evaded Kvasov in the centre, who was well marshalled by Lorenz.
Kevin Anderson went in to the referee’s book on 59 minutes after losing the ball to Toomet before dragging the breaking Sillamae winger to the floor. Sidorenkov’s header then dropped harmlessly on top of the goal, before both teams made changes.
Silich made way for Leliuga for the visitors, while the hosts replaced Suurpere with Moks.
Dubokin was presented with a good chance to add a third, after Leliuga’s shot from Kvasov’s left by-line drag back was blocked. Dubokin had the goal at his mercy but could only sky the ball over the crossbar.
Starodubtsev had to be on hand to punch a cross off the head of Martin Jogi, before Sillamae eventually put the match to bed.
Dubokin broke free down the right side, and his far post cross was headed in by Kvasov just yards from the goal. It was no more than Sillamae deserved for their dominance, and while Tammeka were applying spells of pressure on their opponents, Sillamae were creating far better chances on the break.
Toomet had the chance to make it four, but his chipped effort was too weak when under pressure from a number of defenders, before Kvasov did make it four after collecting a through ball on the right and rounding the keeper to finish from a tight angle.
Ratnikov earned himself a yellow card for a clinical pull back, before both sides made another change; Raabis made way for Koskor for Tammeka, and Plotnikov came on for Dubokin for Sillamae.
A Ratnikov ball across the box from the left wing failed to find a Sillamae attacker, before Sillamae’s final change saw Cinikas come on for Sisov.
Andre Paju almost turned a Sillamae corner in to his own net four minutes from time, but in doing so his hand came in contact with the ball and the referee had no option but to award the visitors a penalty.
Sidorenkov stepped up confidently and smashed the ball past Pechter, despite the keeper diving correctly to his left.
Saks replaced Nuuma late on for Tammeka but the penalty was the last real action of the game as the referee brought proceedings to a close.
Tammeka had really struggled to create anything of note, despite plenty of effort, but it was Sillamae’s pace and movement, coupled with a decisive clinical edge, that saw them ease to victory.
RdS Man of the Match: Jaroslav Kvasov (SIL)