With three rounds left till the end of the championship, we still have good opportunities to compete in a race for the gold. In the last round by winning FK Spartaks Jurmala with 4:1, and thanks to Riga FC surprise defeat in Daugavpils, we have already secured ourselves silver medals, which will be the highest achievement in the club’s history. The RFS, after the convincing victory over Metta, still retains a two-point lead over us.
The game in Jurmala went entirely with the predominance of Tamaz Pertia’s team in all components. A total of 19 shots were made towards Spartaks goal, in total 13 goal scoring chances were created, compared to the four achieved by hosts.
The first goal was scored almost at the very end of the first half-time, when Djibril Gueye put his name on a scoresheet, following a fatal mistake made by the opponent’s full-back.
At the beginning of the second half-time, Valmiera continued to force Spartak’s defense, but with no success in the endings of attacks. On the other side of the pitch, it was hosts who managed to level the score after one of the rare counter-attacks was finished with the goal by the tournament’s top scorer Leonel Wamba – 1:1.
Our team was able to respond very quickly with a lucky and accurate shot towards the goal made by Daisuke Yokota – the ball affected by the opponents’ foot and flew into the net just behind goalkeeper Ošs’s back – 2:1. As the end of the game was approached, Valmiera’s players looked increasingly convincing, scoring two more goals: at first Ibrahima Sow scored his 12th goal in the championship, followed by his assist to Raimonds Krollis, who scored his 10th goal in the tournament.
On Wednesday on home soil, we will face running champions – Riga FC. The game at Valmiera Olympic Center, behind locked doors, will start at 15:00.