Premium Liiga Matchday 20 Round-Up
It was Levadia who took the lead after Rakhmanov took advantage of Baranov’s inability to clear the ball from his own box. However, Artjunin’s red card at the beginning of the second half allowed the hosts to play much better, and with Kruglov’s unfortunate own goal they managed to earn a point from this match.
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Vladislav Kozlovs gave the home side the lead after 34 minutes, and after some second half pressure from Narva they were reduced to ten men after Maksim Lipin appeared to lash out at Nikolay Mashichev. A well-executed own goal by Volodymyr Kilikevych and a fine strike by Jevgeni Harin sealed the points for the hosts.
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Nõmme Kalju eventually ground a stubborn Tammeka Tartu side down to bag a 3-0 victory that saw them move back to the top of the table.
It took the visitors until just after the hour mark to open the scoring, with substitute Tarmo Neemelo somewhat clumsily helping the ball over the line after Henrik Purg’s header from Joel Lindpere’s corner came back off the post, hit Neemelo, hit the post again and eventually found its way in to the goal.
Kalju should have been 2-0 just 60 seconds later, as Tarmo Neemelo smashed over from just six yards out after some good build-up saw Ats Purje play the big striker in.
Kalju hardly had to wait any longer for the second goal to come, though, as Hidetoshi Wakui’s pass with the outside of his boot found Purje lurking on the edge of the box, and his right-footed shot swept past Karli Kutt in the Tammeka goal.
Tammeka did well to stem the tide that had quickly built up, but the in-form Purje finished Tammeka off in the 90th minute, once again collecting a pass from Wakui, this time down the right edge of the box, before taking the ball in to the area and smashing it home from an angle.
Paide and Parnu played out a thrilling 3-3 draw on Saturday that did neither side’s survival chances much good.
Ats Sillaste opened the scoring on 33 minutes with a wonder strike. Vjatseslav Zahovaiko’s short corner to Sillaste a couple of yards from the right corner of the box was swept first time across goal and in to the far top corner.
Parnu levelled just before the break, however, when Joosep Sarapuu’s long ball over the top of the Paide defence fell to Taavi Laurits, who poked home from close range.
Jasper Uwaegbalum’s drive forward helped tee up Lauri Varendi on the left corner of the box and he swept the ball across the keeper and in to the far bottom corner to make it 2-1 to the hosts five minutes after the break.
Paide were 3-1 up seven minutes later with Zahovaiko the provider once more. His ball to Artur Rattel on the left edge of the box was swept in to the far bottom corner once more in a not too dissimilar fashion to Paide’s second goal.
Parnu pegged the hosts back five minutes later as Mart-Mattis Niinepuu failed to deal with Henri Hanson’s through ball from right back, making almost no contact with the ball and allowing Laurits to slot home his second goal in to an empty net.
Paide were reduced to ten men with 21 minutes to go as Zahovaiko was shown a red card, before Parnu’s comeback was completed when Karl Palatu headed home Anton Issakov’s corner.
Sillamae Kalev survived a late scare as they defeated Tulevik Viljandi 2-1 on Monday.
Denis Vnukov’s superb curling free kick from 25 yards put the visitors in front after 40 minutes.
Aleksandr Volkov put Sillamae 2-0 up, heading home Daniil Ratnikov’s cross at the far post after the latter had collected Jaroslav Kvasov’s pass on the right wing and evaded the attention of Siim Saar.
Sander Post made it a nervy final few minutes for the visitors, however, with his own curling free kick from 20 yards to rival that of Vnukov’s in the first half. Sillamae were able to hold on and remain in 4th spot in the table, 8 points behind Levadia in 3rd.