Estonian football turns tides in 3-0 win over Georgia ({{commentsTotal}})

Open gallery
24 photos
Author: (Siim Semiskar/ERR Sport)

The Estonian national team scored three past Georgia in head coach Magnus Pehrsson's biggest win since taking charge in 2013. Estonia was facing a record low-scoring year until the game in Tallinn on Wednesday evening, having only scored six goals in 2015, while conceding eight.

Three FC Flora players, Estonian champions 2015, made their national debut in the game: Nikita Baranov and Rauno Sappinen for Estonia, and Zakaria Beglarišvili for Georgia. Beglarišvili, 25, has been playing in Estonia for the past five years and is one of the driving forces in Flora.

Pehrsson experimented with a mixture of youth and experience, but it failed to pay dividends in the first half.

Ats Purje opened the scoring on the 60th minute by turning two defenders to make amends for wasting an easy chance against Switzerland in Estonia's previous game.

Artur Pikk scored his first for the national team six minutes later and Maksim Gussev, also a Flora youngster, scored his first on the 88-minute mark. It was only Gussev's second game for the national team. Pikk played his ninth game.

Watch the goals here.

Estonia will face St. Kitts and Nevis on November 17 in Tallinn in the year's last game. Captain Ragnar Klavan will return to his club side while goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko joins the team for his last match for the national team.

Editor: J.M. Laats



Opinion
Opinion digest: Our plans do not have to bend to distorted Russophobia

In a recent opinion piece in Postimees, small business-owner and Reform Party member Vootele Päi responded to criticism sparked by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas' plans to attend a commemorative concert-service at the Estonian church in Saint Petersburg next month.

Kallas, Kasemets, Maasikas: EU is strong, no upside to losing the euro

Speaking on Vikerraadio's "Reporteritund" ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, Siim Kallas, Keit Kasemets and Matti Maasikas agreed that despite its prblems, the EU remained strong as a union.