Sunday, 11 March 2012

Meistriliiga week 1: Levadia hold Kalju

Kalju v Levadia (photo: Hanna Odras)

A young Levadia side held Kalju to a goalless draw at the Sportland Arena on the opening day of the Meistriliiga season. In a game of few half chances, and even fewer clear cut chances, Levadia did well to contain Kalju, near favourites behind Flora for the Meistriliiga title. Kalju introduced Tarmo Neemelo and new signing Gambian midfielder Yankuba Ceesay at half time but couldn't find a way through a disciplined Levadia side.

Levadia coach Marko Kristal was happy with the point in his first competitive match in charge alongside assistant Indrek Zelinski: "When you play a title favourite, you should be happy with the points you gain....this game will give us confidence." Kalju captain Alo Bärengrub conceded Kalju have room for improvement going into next week's match with Kuressaare. 

Highlights of the match and interviews available via Sport.err.

Tallinna Kalev 2-1 Viljandi

Tallinna Kalev made a winning return to the Meistriliiga defeating Viljandi 2-1 at Kalevi Keskstaadion. Frenchman Kassim Aidara put Kalev ahead on 24 minutes with a header from a right wing corner. Sander Sinilaid equalised for Viljandi just before half time following another corner, but Rasmus Tomson scored the winner with a great half volley from the edge of the penalty area. Daniil Ratnikov and Japanese Hiroyuki Mitsuyama both made their debuts for Kalev.  

Perseverance paid off  for Flora as they started the defence of their Meistriliiga title with a slightly laboured 2-0 win over Sillamäe, the goals coming from Karl Mööl (75) and Siim Luts (87). Aleksei Belov started for Flora following his goal against Trans in the Superkarika on Tuesday night, and was replaced by Albert Prosa, making his Flora debut, on 75 minutes. 

In the final match of the day, Paide won 2-1 at home to Kuressaare. Georgian Tengiz Eteria put Paide 1-0 up on 41 minutes and striker Sander Rõivassepp doubled the lead on the stroke of half time. Amor Luup pulled one back for Kuressaare midway through the second half but they couldn't find an equaliser.

Tammeka against Trans has been rearranged for Saturday 2nd June.  

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