FINAL: Estonia 0, England 1

Estonia's Ragnar Klavan (second left) gets shown a card, resulting in him being sent off during Estonia's UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifying group E football match against England and Estonia in Tallinn on Sunday night. (ERR Sport)
10/10/2014 12:10 PM
Category: Sports

Estonia played England to a scoreless draw in the first half, but a card against defender Ragnar Klavan in the 48th minute resulted in Estonia playing one-man down for the rest of the match.

England's Wayne Rooney capitalized on Estonia's ragged defensive play the rest of the way, scoring in the 73rd minute on a direct free kick.

The shot bent in past Estonian Sergei Parkeiko, who deflected it, but only made contact after the ball was in the goal. It was the only score in their Euro 2016 qualifying game Sunday night at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.

Watch comments from the two head coaches after the match: Roy Hodgson and Magnus Pehrsson.

See our live blog for a minute-by-minute reaction, and our post-game analysis.

Live Blog Estonia - England (Euro 2016 Qualifiers)

 
 
Live Blog Estonia - England (Euro 2016 Qualifiers)

Sunday's line-ups:

Estonia: Sergei Pareiko (nr. 1), Igor Morozov (4), Henri Anier (8), Sergei Zenjov (10), Martin Vunk (13), Konstantin Vassiljev (14), Ragnar Klavan (15), Ilja Antonov (16), Enar Jääger (17), Karol Mets (18), Artur Pikk (19).

England: Joe Hart (nr. 1), Calum Chambers (2), Leighton Baines (3), Jordan Henderson (4), Gary Cahill (5), Phil Jagielka (6), Jack Wilshere (7), Fabian Delph (8), Danny Welbeck (9), Wayne Rooney (10), Adam Lallana (11).

In what is possibly a omen for the game, Estonia won the fan match, played between the supporters of England and Estonia, 7-1 earlier today. Take a look at the photos here.

Both teams gave a press conference on Saturday, watch the English team talk about their chances tonight here. The Estonian team spoke in Estonian and English, watch here (English from 0:21).

The manager

ERR News recently talked to Estonian head coach Magnus Pehrsson, who took over from Tarmo Rüütli at the beginning of the year. Pehrsson tested dozens of players in his first matches in charge, and recorded an excellent victory over Slovenia in his first competitive outing. Watch the interview here.

The preview

ERR News staff, a mix of English, Estonian and US backgrounds, weighed in on the England game. Read here.

The country

Estonia is not only a footballing nation and offers more than stadiums and semi-professional footballers. Read Stuart Garlick's piece on what to do in Estonia before the match here.

The stadium

The A. Le Coq Arena, sponsored by one of two large beer corporations in Estonia, was opened in 2001, and is still the most modern stadium in the Baltics. Watch a Lithuania home game, and you will agree.

The stadium is modest by Western standards, holding slightly over 10,000 spectators, but it is only filled for the top games. On a more frequent basis, A. Le Coq Arena hosts home games of Estonian league team FC Flora, but the top league in Estonia is one of the worst supported in Europe, with the average top-flight game attracting around 300 fans.

The Estonian Football Association said 1,200 tickets have been given to the English FA, while 2-3 times more English team fans are expected to travel to Tallinn.

The past

The sides have met twice previously, both on the road to Euro 2008 in 2007. The first game took place in Tallinn in front of a packed A. Le Coq Arena. Joe Cole (37th minute), Peter Crouch (54th) and Michael Owen (62nd) all scored to hand England a 3-0 win. The second match, played at Wembley Stadium, also ended with a 3-0 defeat for Estonia, with Shaun Wright-Phillips (11th minute), Wayne Rooney (32nd) and an own goal from Taavi Rähn (34th) completing the scoring.

Estonia will be aiming for third spot in group E of the 2016 European Championships, which will be held in France. The first two game brought mixed results for Estonia, winning at home against Slovenia, but losing to Lithuania away.


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