Estonia had to work really hard at the Port Vila Stadium for a 1-0 win over Vanuatu on Thursday.
FK Sarajevo attacking midfielder Frank Liivak got hold of a rebound inside the penalty box, and slotted it into an empty net in the first half.
The goal was enough for Estonia to claim its second win in its Oceania Tour.
Vanuatu side were dominant throughout the match with Alex Saniel and John Alick creating havoc in the midfield and attacking options for Vanuatu, but the end result was just not there, as strikers Tony Kaltak and Elkington Moli couldn’t get the ball into the net.
Vanuatu’s European import player Bong Kalo stood shoulder to shoulder with the Estonian defense, and had 3 of his free kicks inches of the cross bar. Estonia at times had to chase the ball around, and were made to defend deep into their own half. Tony Kaltak came close to equalize for Vanuatu, only to have his effort thwarted by the keeper.
“The boys played a good game in front of the home crowd, despite going down a point to a team of professionals, I am happy with the match and looking forward next month in doing well at the Pacific Mini Games,” Team Manager, Pita Takaro said.
Only 8 days remain before the Pacific Mini Games kicks off and Vanuatu needs to work more on attacking strategy and how to put the ball into the net, as Vanuatu striker, Tony Kaltak played the entire second half with head injury.
Strikers Kensi Tangis and Bernard Daniel were not on the bench, which forced Kaltak to play with his injury the entire second half. Kaltak came out with a laceration on his head which required stitches.
By Etienne George