The Lithuanian national football team was unable to open their UEFA European qualifying campaign with three straight wins, defeated by Slovenia 2:0 in Vilnius last night.
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Though Lithuania’s Fiodoras Černychas was the first player to display a shot on target, Slovenian veteran Milivoje Novaković would score back to back goals before the main break.

Italian league star Valter Birsa was playfully threatened by his teammate, who isone goal away from equaling his total International goals tally (Novaković 68, Birsa 69).

Gediminas Vičius and Saulius Mikoliūnas both had opportunities to score in the final minutes yet inaccuracy would favour the Slovenian line-up.
Lithuania faced defeat for the first time in the tournament, leapfrogged on the table by Slovenia by a single point.

It was also the first time Lithuania was held goalless on home soil before 4,000 fans however the Baltic nation lead the corner kick count 4:1 and shots on target 3:2.

Interestingly, Slovenia defeated reigning World Cup participants Switzerland 1:0 yet faced defeat to Estonia 1:0, a nation Lithuania catered for earlier in the weekend.

Meanwhile, England showcased its all-star personnel in a 1:0 triumph over Estonia thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal before 9,000 at Tallinn’s Lilleküla Stadium.

Tomorrow night Switzerland will travel to San Marino in a bottom of the table match. 

Neither team has won a game as of yet however Lithuanian fans will hope that Switzerland, an overwhelming favourite, will be restricted to a win by three points or less.

Match Statistics:

Lithuania: Nil.
Slovenia: Milivoje Novaković (33’), (37’).
Red Cards:
Lithuania: Nil.
Slovenia: Nil.

Yellow Cards:
Lithuania: Deivydas Matulevičius (45+3), Arvydas Novikovas (45+3), Karolis Chvedukas (56’), Tadas Kijanskas (90+3).
Slovenia: Dalibor Stevanović (23’).

Lithuania: Gediminas Vičius on for Marius Panka (32’), Saulius Mikoliūnas on for Karolis Chvedukas (75’).
Slovenia: Aleš Mertelj on for Dalibor Stevanović (46’), Valter Birsa on for Nejc Pečnik (66’), Dejan Lazarević on for Andraž Kirm (87’).
Location: LFF Stadium, Vilnius.

Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (Greece).

2014 Lithuanian National Men’s Fixture:
Switzerland v Lithuania (15 November, 2014).
England v Lithuania (27 March, 2015)
Lithuania v Switzerland (14 June, 2015)
Estonia v Lithuania (5 September, 2015)
Lithuania v San Marino (8 September, 2015)
Slovenia v Lithuania (9 October, 2015)
Lithuania v England (12 October, 2015)

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