Defeat against champions

In the 18 th round of Optibet futbola Virslīga, we were facing a fight on away game in the 32-degree heat with one of the two top teams in tournament so far – Riga FC. In a game that required a lot of strength and determination from the players of both teams, unfortunately, we experienced a minimal defeat with 0:1.

The game’s only goal was scored in the 10 th minute, when Mikael Soisalo made an unbelievable shot from tight angle from the right side of the penalty box. Tamaz Pertia’s men woke up when 25 minutes was already behind, and since then they had taken over ball possession in the remaining time of the game. But it turned out to be a no changer in this game, because nothing was working in building attacks for Valmiera this night.

The only real opportunity for visitors in this game came at the beginning of the second half-time, when Alvis Jaunzems took the initiative by providing a good pass in the penalty box to Ibrahima Sow, unfortunately, the Senegalese striker failed to hit the goal. The other minor chance of achieving at least draw in this game occurred at the end of the game when Daisuke Yokota shot only slightly went past the top corner of the goal.

The most impressive moment in this game was delivered at the very end of the game by Valmiera’s goalkeeper Rihards Matrevics, who spectacularly and effectively rescuing the team from the second lost goal after making four incredible saves in four seconds. Also his efforts was too short for a team’s comeback.

At the end the first loss against Riga FC this season has happen. In the tournament table, after FK Ventspils withdrawal from the championship and the recalculation of points, we are now in third place, with three points behind Riga FC (with game less), and eight from the leaders RFS, with whom we will play the next game on June 25 at 20:00 on their ground at J.Skredela stadium in Riga.

Recap

Virslīga 2021
Riga
Valmiera FC
1 - 0
Final Score
Mikael Soisalo - 1
Stats
34 Dribbles 27
76 Tackles 85
4 Yellow cards 4
0 Red cards 0
Shots
14
Passes
374
Shots On Target
8
Successful Dribbles
17
Passes To Final Third
48
Won Aerial Duels
26
Won Tackles
21
5
Shots
407
Passes
1
Shots On Target
13
Successful Dribbles
62
Passes To Final Third
20
Won Aerial Duels
22
Won Tackles