Latvia settle for draw with Liechtenstein
Latvia missed a penalty as Liechtenstein claimed their first point in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying Group G with a 1-1 draw.
Michele Polverino's opener briefly had Liechtenstein on track for a first FIFA World Cup win since 2005 but Aleksandrs Cauna's free-kick dragged Latvia back into the tie. The same player saw his second-half penalty saved, however, and Latvia stay fifth in the group behind Lithuania and Slovakia.
Liechtenstein made the breakthrough after 17 minutes as Polverino notched from David Hasler's slide-rule pass. But Latvia levelled shortly before the half-hour mark, Cauna fizzing the ball home from 25 yards. Liechtenstein did threaten a second before the break but Andris Vanins punched Hasler's effort to safety.
And when Polverino handled the ball in the box in the 61st minute, Cauna saw his spot-kick tipped round a post by Peter Jehle. That spurred Liechtenstein on but, despite solid efforts from Oskars Klava, Thomas Beck and Ivan Quintans, Latvia held out for a point.