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.

Lineups:

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).