In preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament games in the autumn Latvian national football team played a friendly match against "EURO 2012" participants and one of the hosts Poland on Tuesday, May 22 in the southern Austrian city of Klagenfurt. The only goal in this match was scored on the 82th minute by Poland striker Artur Sobiech.
Latvian national team head coach Aleksandrs Starkovs called 21 players for this match. Significantly in this game in the Latvian national team debuted at once three players - goalkeeper Pāvels Doroševs (in the starting lineup), midfielder Alans Sineļnikovs and forward Vladimirs Kamešs (both came as a substitutes).
Two leaders of main Latvian team lineup - goalkeeper Andris Vaņins and forward Māris Verpakovskis were not able to participate in this match, therefore Aleksandrs Starkovs decided to provide an opportunity for mentioned Pāvels Doroševs and other players. Otherwise, best Latvian players were participating in this kick-off - second official friendly match for Latvian team in year 2012.
22.05.2012., 21:45, Klagenfurt, Austria, "Wörtherseestadion"
POLAND - LATVIA 1:0
Match report: http://www.lff.lv/lv/aizlase/fixtures/2012/friendly/poland-latvia/
Goal: 82.min Artur Sobiech
Yellow cards: 78.min Adam Matuschyk – 45.min Oļegs Laizāns, 70.min Deniss Ivanovs
LATVIA lineup: 1 Pāvels Doroševs* (GK), 13 Kaspars Gorkšs (C), 3 Oskars Kļava, 5 Oļegs Laizāns (87.min 20 Alans Sineļnikovs*), 6 Deniss Ivanovs, 7 Aleksandrs Fertovs, 8 Aleksandrs Cauņa, 9 Aleksejs Višņakovs (73.min 14 Andrejs Perepļotkins), 10 Ritvars Rugins, 11 Ivans Lukjanovs (73.min 18 Vladimirs Kamešs*), 16 Artjoms Rudņevs (78.min 17 Edgars Gauračs).
Head coach – Aleksandrs Starkovs
*debut for Latvian national team
Referee: Harald LECHNER (Austrija)
Asistants: Alain Hoxha, Richard Hübler (Austrija)
Fourth referee: Rene Eisner (Austrija)
Head coach Aleksandrs Starkovs commentary after the game:
“Despite the loss 0:1, I think our game was not bad today. As a coach I saw that the team was militant, energetic, who was not of authorities. While not playing against the strongest Polish opposition, our opponent has skilled players who play in good European clubs. From our players I will definitely underline Aleksandrs Cauņa, Ritvars Rugins, Oļegs Laizāns, Aleksandrs Fertovs game today - these players, who did not played in their clubs for a recent month, in this match showed itself at its best.
Artjoms Rudņevs, Ritvars Rugins, Ivans Lukjanovs and Aleksejs Višņakovs also played quite active. I liked the players' energy for both defense and attack. I think the sporting success should be on our side, we were able to take the lead, and the result might have been different.
Goalkeeper Pāvels Doroševs had a debut for the “A” national team in the starting lineup today. Before this match our coaching staff had a lot of reflection and discussion on who should take a place in the goal. By choosing Doroševs, we see that the decision was right. He coped with the psychological pressure. In the first half two or three times he fought off dangerous shots, but the second half goal was an unfortunate episode by our central defenders.
For both substitute debutants it was clearly a major event today. Will it be a great event for the whole Latvian national team – we will see it in the future. I hope that Alans Sineļnikovs and Vladimirs Kamešs will perceive as an advance. It is important these players had a necessary international experience by playing in this match that will be useful for them in the upcoming Baltic Cup tournament. "
Next tournament for Latvian national football team will be held in June when the traditional Baltic Cup tournament will take place in Estonia. Semifinal games - Latvia will meet neighbors Lithuania on June 01 in Võru City Stadium, while Estonia take on Finland Tartu Tamme Stadium. Baltic Cup final and match for the 3rd place is scheduled on June 03th.
Latvian national football team played it's first official friendly match this year on February 29th in Turkish resort Antalya against Kazakhstan. Despite playing more than 70 minutes one man down, Aleksandrs Starkovs side fought a goalless draw 0:0.
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