Futsal in Estonia. Less and less compromise

Last weekend in Estonia the regular matches of the national Championship were held. Fans of futsal got a lot of impressions from the round: a tough win of the leader, a sensational draw, an outsider’s victory and a productive match of the teams from the bottom of the table. Here’s a review of the latest futsal events in Estonia.

Cosmos Tallinn got itself into an unusual situation – the capital club’s record is three matches without a win, and in this status it came to visit Viimsi Smsrakha, which had previously defeated them at home (3:4). With a fairly good game the “Cosmonauts” couldn’t grab points from the reigning champions, and went to the second match with double motivation. Cosmos managed to open the score first –the guests took the lead as early as the fourth minute, but they couldn’t hold their lead. By the half-time break Viimsi Smsrakha  hit Vadim Belyakov’s goal thrice, allowing to go to the break with a comfortable advantage. In the very beginning of the second half the home team brought the score to 4:1, and it became clear that Viimsi will take its chances in that game. However, to the credit of  the Cosmos football players, they managed to close the gap to the minimum, but they were not enough for more. Viimsi scored the fifth goal and got the eighth win in a row, continuing to demonstrate a 100% result. In our opinion, in this encounter there were a few strange referee decisions, which affected the result. And Cosmos brought its winless streak to four matches, and in the next matchday they will face Sillamae Silmet with the defeat of which the black streak of  “cosmonauts” started four games ago.

Narva United rather sensationally couldn’t cope with one of the championship’s outsiders Rummu Dunamo at home (3:3), missing the win a second before the final whistle. “Before the game we lost our important player, Semyon Fedotov,  through whom we have been running our game in recent games. In the previous match against “Sillamae Silmet” Andrey Gornev was injured and we had to pick four players from the youth team for a game, so we understood that we would have  to change the pattern of the game as a matter of urgency.” – Narva President Alexander Dmitrijev said after the match. “These circumstances made our training session for Rummu more difficult and we realized that it won’t be easy. Nevertheless, we were leading 3:1 at the end of the first half, and if we could have gone to the break with this score, then the match could have turned out differently. But we conceded at the very end of the half with not a very obvious penalty shot, and after the break we began to feel the accumulated fatigue – this match was the fourth in 14 days, and considering the problems with the squad, the load made itself felt. Perhaps, the two big wins also affected  the team spirit and we lost concentration a little bit because of them. The key moment of the match was the 10-meter penalty for the sixth foul a second before the end of the match – the player of Rummu shot our football player in the arm and we missed the decisive goal because of it, – Dmitrijev summed up the draw. 

Tartu Ravens, having the least number of matches played, are gradually beginning to chase its rivals, but they still retain the last team in the standings. The players from Tartu visited Sillamae, where they were going to face the local Silmet which has recently become “a regular customer”  for Ravens – five defeats in six matches, and in two face-to-face encounters last season the players of Tartu even achieved huge wins 6:0 and 6:2. The reporting game didn’t bring positive emotions for Sillamae Silmet again: as the guests, needed points, showed  a confident play and achieved  the necessary result. If after the first half  there was the minimum score of 1:2 on the scoreboard in favor of Ravens, then in the second half the guests didn’t give an opportunity to doubt their superiority – 2:5. After the heroic win over Cosmos  it was the third defeat in a row for Silmet, conceding 24 goals in that period of time, and it’s rather ironic that the players of Sillamae are able to finish this series just in the upcoming match against Tallinn which will be held this Saturday. Taking into account  unlucky streaks of both teams, one can imagine how fierce the battle for this three points will be.

In the last match of the ninth round Kohila and Tartu Maksimum had a productive match, the tension from which lasted until the final whistle. The visitors scored on the second minute, but 20 seconds later Martin Heinaru  restored the status quo. Right up to the break Kohila dominated the court, and the first half of the match deservedly ended with the score of 5:1 in favor of the hosts, and Heinaru took a hat-trick on his record.  Perhaps, a complacency after  such a successful half played a cruel trick on Kohila: in the second half the players of “Maximum” went out mobilized and practically saved the match, making 5:1 into 5:4. Nevertheless the guests didn’t have enough strength to do more – the same Heinaru  set the final score (6:4) by registering a poker. 

The tenth round of the Estonian Championship is scheduled for the coming weekend. In addition to the above mentioned meeting of Cosmos and Sillamae Silmet, on Saturday Kohila will try to resist Viimsi Smsrakha, on Sunday Tartu Maksimum will host Rummu Dunamo and Tartu Ravens will play against Narva United.