Liechtenstein gets 2-0 win over Lithuania

Liechtenstein beat Lithuania 2-0 on Friday to earn the first

points of its 2012 European Championship qualifying campaign.

Philippe Erne scored in the sixth minute with a rising 20-meter

(20-yard) shot and Michele Polverino added the second in the 36th

after being set up by Franz Burgmeier.

Lithuania failed to make its possession count at Rheinpark

Stadium despite having 21 efforts on goal and forcing 10


Despite the victory, Liechtenstein remained last in five-team

Group I, trailing Lithuania by one point. It next plays in the

return match on Sept. 2 in Lithuania.

Group leader Spain, the World Cup and European champion, has a

perfect record with five straight wins.



Liechtenstein: Benjamin Buechel, Marco Ritzberger, Martin

Stocklasa, Daniel Kaufmann, Franz Burgmeier, Thomas Beck (Andreas

Christen, 84), Martin Buechel, Nicolas Hasler, Philippe Erne (Rony

Hanselmann, 87), Michele Polverino, Benjamin Fischer (Mathias

Christen, 72).

Lithuania: Ernestas Setkus, Ramunas Radavicius, Andrius

Skerla,Tadas Kijanskas, Marius Stankevicius, (Deividas Cesnauskis,

46), Deividas Semberas, Mindaugas Panka, Edgaras Cesnauskis (Mantas

Savenas, 68), Saulius Mikoliunas, Tomas Danilevicius (Tadas

Labukas, 46), Darvydas Sernas.