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Matchday 6: roundup, comment and RdS Best XI

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A decisive goal for Igor Subbotin, his season might have taken the right turn (RdS)

A decisive goal for Igor Subbotin, his season might have taken the right turn (RdS)

Matchday 6 can be filed as one without any massive surprise to shake the table and our knowledges.

Sillamäe continued in their steady pace that has secured them the lone leadership by safely beating Tammeka 5-0.

Deprived of central defender Kevin Anderson and with Jürgen Lorenz not fully operative in the back line, it was an easy task for the tableleaders to to reach a two-nil-up advantage already in the first half. Even without Ratnikov suspended for one game, the 'longshoremen' secured the large final score thanks to Zahovaiko brace and Murikhin, Kvasov and Maśichev goal. Tammeka had never lost with such a wide game in the previous clashes with top clubs (0-3 to Flora and 0-2 to Levadia).

Koser's team will have their home debut, finally, next weekend against a drop-zone challenger, Lokomotiv Jõhvi. It will be a good chance to grab points with a rival. 

Loko made their first trip to Tallinn to square up with FC Infonet, surprisingly second best in the table. It was not a 'sauna' as in first half the result was still 0-0 which pleased the visitors' coach, Viktor Nesterenko, a lot. However it was not enough since most of the ball possession and the chances were coming from the home team.  The incapacity of FC Infonet to be consistent in the finishing is the explanation behind the fact that it took almost one hour for Elhi to score Infonet's first goal. After the opener, talent Maksim Lipin scored his third seasonal goal securing his side with the three points.

Next week the game against Levadia will tell us if FC Infonet can really be considered as a serious title challenger for season 2014.


Alliku's goal spurred doubts over going over the goalline or not

Levadia hosted 'Tallinn El Clasico' nr.61 at Sportland Arena.

It was the third of a three-round capital city clashes that so far have seen an overall balance among the three big Tallinn's clubs. The script of this game made no exception as Levadia levelled Alliku's lead with Subbotin first seasonal goal. Marko Kristal is still unhappy with his side inability to score goals. They had to go one nil down to find a reaction and finally hit back. Levadia's season so far has been unsatisfactory. The Champions lag behind 5th on the table and have indeed the poorest goal tally net of the 8-0 'training game' against Kalev. Teever, Ivanov and Buinickij have scored the same goal amount as Artur Rättel who, despite the lack of consistence, remains the best asset.

Artur Rättel served the assist for Subbotin to pull level (Flora Facebook / Catherine Kõrtsmik)

Artur Rättel served the assist for Subbotin to pull level (Flora Facebook / Catherine Kõrtsmik)

FC Infonet is the next opponent and Flora have shown how painfully they can unveil a side's vulnerabilities.

Almost a pleasure trip for Nõmme Kalju in Narva (except for the bus broken on the way to the border city) as Prins' side got rid of Trans 4-0 and took away their unbeatability. As of now, Sillamäe is the only unbeaten side of the Premium Liiga. This heavy loss confirm what are the impressions about Narva Trans: despite the start-of-season talk by the management, the squad is not equipped to fight for the title. They can quietly be above the drop zone and grab anything that will be allowed by the top5, however any title talk is deceptive.

The game in Tallinn against Flora can be the final touchstone for Narva's ambitions.

The white-greens have managed for the second time in a row not to lose to Levadia after the successful supercup final. It is already a good sign of better consistency compared to last season.

In the drop zone good point for Kalev, the first on the home soil, following a lazy and indolent performance from Paide. The visitors had the best chances and were mostly in control of the game. Once taken the lead thanks to a penalty transformed by Andre Mägi, they failed top deliver the 2-0. A mistake by Karl Palatu allowed Lasha Omanidze to pull level and bring the first home join to the 'Kants', the Kalev's fans.