In the 13 th round of Optibet futbola Virsliga, Valmiera FC compete with FK Liepaja in the football stadium of Vidzeme Olympic Centre. In a tough game, winning opponents with 1:0 we’ve achieved the eighth victory of this season, thereby also keeping a place at the top of the tournament table.
Tamaz Pertia started this game with the nominally strongest starting 11, except for the first time in the season, not including team captain Raimonds Krollis. Right-back Maksims Toinsevs was included in the starting 11 for the second time this season.
The only goal of this game was scored at the very beginning of the game when after Ibrahima Sow’s shot, the ball was stopped by Liepaja’s goalkeeper Krisjanis Zviedris, but instantly hitting Marko Simic’s leg it found the way into the net.
On top of the first half-time, Valmiera’s footballers were more active, threatening the guests’ goal on several occasions, but again poor execution in finishing denied the score changes. Coming to an end of half-time Liepaja was able to take over the initiative and created more than a few dangerous chances near Rihards Matrevics guarded goal.
At the second half-time, an unyielding fight continued between both opponents. The best performance so far this season was displayed by Matrevics, who repeatedly effectively rescued his team from the loss of the goal. Pertia, feeling the mood of the game, went over to hold the result, which also carried the needed result. In the end, the toughest one, and perhaps the most valuable victory of all this season.
Next round, May 23, at 14.00 in Sloka, we will meet with FK Spartaks, who is now ranking seventh in the tournament table with six points. After this game, our team will have a three-week pause in the championship, related to the unrhythmic game calendar and the games of national teams.