Netherlands Break Hearts After Scoring in Final Minutes to Make it 2-2 (4)

Photo: ERR Sport
9/6/2013 11:35 PM
Category: Sports

The Estonian national football team was just minutes away from recording one of their most impressive victroies ever, as the visiting Dutch team scored on the 94th minute to draw the game with 2-2 in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match in Tallinn.

The draw marks a vast improvement over the three previous defeats the Estonian football team has suffered at the hands of the Dutch, and also means the Netherlands lose their perfect record in the qualifiers, having won the previous six games.

The first half began in the worst possible way for Estonia when on the second minute Champions League winner Arjen Robben scored a trademark goal, cutting in from the right and shooting through defenders to make it 0-1.

The home team seemed shell-shocked and goalkeeper Sergei Pareiko had to make a number of excellent saves.

The 2010 World Cup finalists piled on the pressure, but it was another trademark goal, this time from Konstantin Vassiljev, that changed the first half.

Vassiljev picked up a rear Estonian ball in the final third, pressed through a defender and shot from 30 meters out into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 1-1 on the 18th minute.

Estonia gained breathing space and the rest of the half passed without major incidents.

The home team began the second half by stepping up the speed of the game, and the reward duly came on the 57th minute as Vassiljev again, was put through after a chip by Joel Lindpere over the Dutch defense.

The Estonian midfielder made no mistake, lifting the ball over the Dutch goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

Sergei Zenjov was put through on the 66th minute only for the striker to shoot straight at the Dutch goalkeeper, after which the majority of the sold-out stadium began to look at their watches nervously, hoping for a quick end to the game. The crowed cheered each clearance and long-ball the Estonian defense could kick far away.

The Estonian team dug in to keep the lead, fighting for each ball, and nearly survived the Dutch attacks.

Raio Piiroja brought down Robin van Persie in the third minute of overtime, handing the visitors a penalty, which van Persie himself shot home.

Piiroja was also sent off for the offence.

"The result is good, because we didn't lose. He [Vassiljev] scored a goal out of nothing, and influenced the confidence of my players, this new father," said Dutch head coach Louis van Gaal after the match, referring to the fact that Vassiljev became a father for the second time on Wednesday.


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