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The Baltic showdown: ESTONIA-LATVIA
It was 65 years ago when Estonia beat Latvia last time. It was on June 18th 1940, when we won the match 2-1. Both estonia nad latvia were formally still independent at that time, but the truth is that Soviet occupation was well on the way back then. Therefore, celebrations after the match grew into spontaneous demonstration against foreign oppressors. Huge number of people (estimated at 20000) marched towards Presidential Castle near the stadium, where President Konstantin Päts (soon to be captured and later killed by bolsheviks) greeted the people. Three days later Estonian Soviet Republic was announced.
So, it's about time to beat Latvia again. After regaining independence, Estonia and Latvia have met 14 times. The result is embarrasing to Estonia: 4 draws and 10 defeats. This time the hopes are up, after drawing with Latvia away 1-1, people are expeting a victory from tomorrow's encounter.
But unfortunately we have many injury problems, especially in midfield. Reim, Lindpere, Klavan, Rähn are all out. Only half-decent central midfielder we have fit is Liivo Leetma. Who will partner him in midfield is not certain yet, based on training matches it's probably inexperienced Aleksander Dimitriev.
From defence we are missing both our starting fullbacks U.Rooba nad Allas, also Saviauk. Recent Arsenal siging Poom will not be fit to play, so it's Kotenko in goal again. In attack we will have to do without Zahovaiko and Sharov, but it's unlekly that thye would have been starters anyway.
I'm expecting following lineup:
Does anybody have any idea about Latvia's lineup? I would be thankful if somebody posts it.
Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim