RIGA, Latvia – Lithuania and Latvia have experienced contrasting results in their latest international football friendlies.
Playing at home on Wednesday evening Lithuania was able to see of Armenia 3-0 in Kaunas while Latvia would have no answer for Finland who scored two second half goals to win 2-0.
It was a great win for the Lithuanians who with a world ranking of 58, sit just 12 places ahead of the Armenians. Lithuania went ahead in the 8th minute before sealing the match with two goals in a spate of three minutes in the second half, scoring in the 75th and again in the 78th minute.
Latvia’s game against Finland held some extra meaning with Latvian legend Igors Stepanovs playing in the first five minutes of his game to bring up his hundredth international appearance for the Latvian national side.
But it would turn out to be an evening he would rather forget with Finland – who are ranked eight places ahead of the Latvians at 75th in the world – scoring in the 59th minute and again in the 88th to wrap up their 2-0 victory.
Latvia’s best chance came in the 55th minute when Maris Verpakovskis rattling the cross bar with his shot from 10 feet outside the box.