Estonia lose to Belarus in World Cup qualification | Sports
While only two goals against four for Belarus, Estonia also held two heads in 90 minutes. Forward Henri Anier opened the scoring in the 31st minute after a long pass from Michael Lilander hit him in stride. Anier had to fight through two defenders for a good look at the goal he achieved with a shattering strike.
Belarus equalized the game in the 43rd minute after Estonian Bogdan VaÅ¡tÅ¡uk slipped over a Belarusian striker in the box, not making much contact but drawing the referee’s attention. Lokomotiv Moscow player Vitali Lisakovich calmly scored the penalty to tie the game 1: 1, which also led both sides to half-time.
Estonia took the second lead of the game, with Anier again finishing under uncertain circumstances. A header directed at Belarusian goal by Markus Poom landed close to Anier, who managed to give him just enough to hit the net for a 2: 1 lead.
Belarus tied ten minutes later when midfielder Yury Kendysh scored on a header. After Estonian substitute Karl-Rudolf Ãigus was sent off in the 77th minute after receiving two yellow cards, the floodgates opened and Belarus were able to score twice in the final ten minutes.
An unfortunate header from an Estonian defender towards his own goal led Pavel Savitsky to take goalkeeper Matvei Igonen for a 3-2 lead over Belarus in the 81st minute. A few minutes later, the ball hit Estonia’s net again. Vitali Lisakovich added to his penalty goal earlier with a rotational effort from outside the box that allowed Belarus 4-2 to finish the game.
Anier: Everyone fought and showed they had heart
Estonian national team striker Henri Anier scored two goals in the defeat against Belarus, but said after the game that it was not very useful for the opponent to score more. “Allow two goals like that at the end of the game – we gave up a little too much in two games,” said Anier. Estonia conceded six goals to the Czech Republic last week, compared to four against Belarus.
Anier continued, âBut we all know how the events unfolded. Everyone fought today and showed they have heart. We can’t hang our heads, we have to keep moving forward. “
Anier also responded to a question about his two goals: “The first one came out pretty well. You see this kind of goals a lot in Europe. Or maybe not too often. Teamwork. I fought hard and j ‘had two goals for the team. But at the moment I’m sad that the game has gone by. “
Estonia are due to travel to Stockholm for a friendly against Sweden, which recently hosted legendary striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wednesday. The match will be broadcast on ETV2 and the ERR Sports Portal at 6:45 p.m. Estonian time.