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Venue: Vėtra Stadium, Vilnius

Players called up for Lithuanian squad:

Goalkeepers:

Žydrūnas Karčemarskas, „Dinamo“, Rusija
Paulius Grybauskas, „Otelul“, Rumunija
Mindaugas Malinauskas, FBK „Kaunas“, Lietuva

Defenders:

Marius Stankevičius, „Brescia“, Italija
Andrius Skerla, „Korona“, Lenkija
Vidas Alunderis, „Zagliebie“, Lenkija
Arūnas Klimavičius, „Dinamo“, Rusija
Ignas Dedura, „Spartak“, Rusija
Gediminas Paulauskas, „Bellinzona“, Šveicarija
Tadas Papečkys, „Gornik“, Lenkija

Midfielders:

Deividas Šemberas, CSKA, Rusija
Andrius Jokšas, „Tavriya“, Ukraina
Aurimas Kučys, „Naftovyk – Ukrnafta“, Ukraina
Deividas Česnauskis, „Hearts“, Škotija
Saulius Mikoliūnas, „Hearts“, Škotija
Andrius Kšanavičius, „Hearts“, Škotija
Mantas Savėnas, Nosta“, Rusija

Strikers:

Edgaras Jankauskas, „Belenenses“, Portugalija
Tomas Danilevičius, „Grosseto“, Italija
Andrius Velička, „Viking“, Norvegija
Tomas Radzinevičius, „Slovan“, Čekija
 

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What could be the starting line-up ?
It is difficult to say, because it is friendly match so there may be an experiment or two. Liubinskas even said, that he didn't call up several players (he mentioned Morinas and Žvirgždauskas) because he knows what they are capable of. That suggests we may see some players who rarely get a chance to play in national side (for example Jokšas or Kučys). On the other hand it is by no means "B" side - there are players who are nearly automatic selections for important games - Karčemarskas, Stankevičius, Šemberas, Mikoliūnas, Danilevičius.

I'll try to predict. We'll see if I'll get anything right. :)

Karčemarskas
Stankevičius - Skerla - Alunderis - Klimavičius
Česnauskis - Šemberas - Savėnas - Mikoliūnas
Danilevičius - Velička​
 

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Starting lineup:

Žydrūnas Karčemarskas
Andrius Skerla
Ignas Dedura
Arūnas Klimavičius
Tadas Papečkys
Deividas Šemberas
Andrius Kšanavičius
Saulius Mikoliūnas
Marius Stankevičius
Tomas Danilevičius
Edgaras Jankauskas

Substitutes:

Paulius Grybauskas
Vidas Alunderis
Aurimas Kučys
Mantas Savėnas
Andrius Jokšas
Tomas Radzinevičius
Andrius Velička
 

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Lithuania won 1 - 0. Goal was scored by right-back Klimavičius. That was his first ever senior international goal.

In the first half Lithuanians played pretty well. Stankevičius made good passes and runs down the flank. Opposition's left-back was sent off because of persistent fouling on him midway through the first half. And Stankevičius also contributed the assist with a long throw into the box. Šemberas controlled things well in the midfield and Mikoliūnas was active on the left hand side.

The second half was way worse. Substitute Savėnas just couldn't execute a good pass, Velička was invisible upfront, crosses didn't find their targets and through balls were easily dealt with by opposition defenders. It became frustrating to watch how the team just cannot create a decent opportunity.
 
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