Faeroe Islands beats Estonia 2-0 in Euro qualifier
Faeroe Islands earned a rare victory in European Championship
qualifying Tuesday, beating Estonia 2-0 after goals from Frodi
Benjaminsen and Arnbjorn Hansen.
Benjaminsen gave the Faeroes the lead in the 43rd when he
directed a penalty kick into the bottom-left corner after he was
fouled by Estonia midfielder Sander Puri.
The 33-year-old Benjaminsen then stepped up to take a second
spot kick in the 47th after defender Dmitri Kruglov felled Hansen
in the box. This time, goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko guessed correctly,
getting down to his left to block the shot – but Hansen reacted
quickest and swept in the rebound.
Faeroe Islands coach Brian Kerr was taking nothing for granted,
however, still mindful of the two injury-time goals that helped
Estonia overcome a one-goal deficit in the reverse fixture in
Tallinn last August.
But any chances Estonia may have had of staging a revival were
dealt a crushing blow when Puri received a second yellow card in
the 57th minute and was sent off.
Faeroe Islands defender Pol Johannes Justinusen was also sent
off for a second yellow card in the 89th.
The win was the first in Group C for Faeroe Islands, whose only
previous point came from a draw with Northern Ireland.
Estonia is fourth in Group C with seven points from seven games.
Faeroe Islands is bottom of the table with four points.
Faeroe Islands: Jakup Mikkelsen, Jonas Tor Naes, Einar Hansen,
Atli Gregersen, Rogvi Baldvinsson, Atli Danielsen, Frodi
Benjaminsen, Hjalgrim Eltor (Suni Olsen, 90), Pol Johannes
Justinusen, Arnbjorn Hansen (Simun Samuelsen, 69), Christian
Lamhauge Holst (Christian Mouritsen, 85).
Estonia: Sergei Pareiko, Taavi Rahn, Raio Piroja, Dmitri
Kruglov, Sander Puri, Tarmo Kink, Sergei Zenjov, Konstantin
Vassiljev, Enar Jaager, Jarmo Ahjupera (Gert Kams, 66), Kaimar Saag
(Sergei Mosnikov, 82).