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5 things we learned from Matchday 3

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1.     All they need is a goal

Whenever Infonet doesn't score a goal, everyone thinks of him... (Keiko Masuda / RdS)

Whenever Infonet doesn't score a goal, everyone thinks of him... (Keiko Masuda / RdS)

FC Infonet have not scored a goal yet. During the first 270’ minutes of the season they have not managed to hit the back of the net a single time. Last season the goals scored were 3 (excluding the technical win against Kalju, the only game when they were goalless) plus an own goal scored by Igor Dudarev (Sillamäe). The hitman Manucho had scored just one of the three goals, with another ex (Lipin) and Golovljov in the scoresheet during the same game against Tammeka Tartu. The solution might be behind the corner after two weeks: guess who’s visiting Tallinn on the 4th of April?

2.     Viljandi cannot be saved

The experience of Sander Post (and Joonas Tamm) might not be enough to help Viljandi (Viljandi website)

The experience of Sander Post (and Joonas Tamm) might not be enough to help Viljandi (Viljandi website)

Rise the hands those who thought that Viljandi could have stood a chance against Flora, Sillamäe and Kalju. Obviously it was a tough start against three of the top5, however the whitewash suffered in Hiiu Stadium shows that the gap with the top is as close as to the one Lokomotiv had last season. On the resume, the game against Pärnu has already the taste of a ‘play-off’ game. Not grabbing a single point would have already a high meaning.
or those who believe enlarging Premium Liiga to 12 clubs would be ‘exciting’.

 

3.     Flora have improved the defensive work

Fast and furious (RdS)

Fast and furious (RdS)

Zero goals suffered in three games and a clean sheet held against Sillamäe is a great tally before the break. On the resume the probing test in Narva and the derby against Kalju could give us even a more precise picture considering that, compared to last season first three games, the improvement is just of one goal (suffered in the opening tie against…Lokomotiv!). In general it looks like Jääger is definitely more fast and responsive than Rähn (albeit conceding something in the aerial game) and Baranov is definitely accustomed with his new role he already tried in the past.

4.     Pärnu wakes up in second halves

Tutk helped Pärnu coming back once again (Pärnu Postimees)

Tutk helped Pärnu coming back once again (Pärnu Postimees)

They did it again! Another dramatic comeback in second half for Lelov’s side. Against Tammeka it was a 4-2 win (1-2 for the blues with 20 minutes to go) whereas in the clash with Paide it was a 2-2. The Beachsiders tried to win the game again with Laurits storming in Paide’s half. However, it was enough for this time. If the games had ended at half-time whistle, Pärnu would have 0 points. They have 4. Not bad for a newly promoted while the likes of Tammeka are standing still.

 

5.     Levadia: three points through a rape

Kristal is perplexed at Levadia's outputs so far (RdS)

Kristal is perplexed at Levadia's outputs so far (RdS)

For how brutal this description might sound, these are exactly the words used by Marko Kristal at the end of the 2-1 win against Tammeka. The colourful expression used by the Levadia gaffer is just to mean how difficult everything it has been for Levadia not only during this game but in the past weeks since the season has started. Except the walk in the park against Santos (Supercup), Levadia have scored barely three goals and suffered two, Saag has not hit the net yet and Kristal has already introduced the first rotation in the defense line (Rähn for Rahmanov – although likely for injury since the Belarusian was not even in the dugout). 0-0 at half-time with the Tartuensis, it took one hour for Antonov to put Levadia ahead only for Hurt to pull level. Raudsepp made sure that Levadia would bring the first three points of the season before it was too late. At the same time, paradoxically, they have one point more than last season ( 5 vs. 4 ).