Europe: Skonto and Ventspils to meet in Baltic League final (+video)
Two of Latvia’s biggest clubs, Skonto Riga and FK Ventspils, will meet in the Triobet Baltic League final which takes place on Saturday, June 18th.
Skonto Riga already had one foot in the final following their 5-0 drubbing of compatriots Liepājas Metalurgs in the semi-final, first leg and today’s second leg proved to be a drab affair. With very few people turning up to watch today’s game in the Baltic coastal town of Liepāja it is no surprise that there wasn’t a great deal of action to talk about. Antons Jemelins’ red card in the 76th minute hindered Metalurgs’ chances further which were put to the sword when the Riga side sealed a 1-0 win in the last minute of the match thanks to a goal from Arturs Karašausks. Skonto won the tie 6-0 on aggregate and who will play in their second Baltic League final hoping to triumph in the competition for the first time having lost to FBK Kaunas in the final of the 2008 edition.
Champions FK Ventspils also had a comfortable passage through to the final and hope to become the first team ever to successfully defend the title following their semi-final victory over Lithuanians FK Šiauliai. Having won the first leg by two goals to nil, FK Ventspils repeated the score in the return fixture on Tuesday with goals from Vladimirs Mukins (55th minute) and Oļegs Žatkins (81st minute) securing a 4-0 aggregate win for the Yellow-and-Blues who are in the midst of a potentially great season for the club. Currently leading the way in the Latvian Virsliga and having already won the Latvian Cup, FK Ventspils’ chances of a treble triumph are very high and for new coach Sergei Podpaly the Baltic title would be another step on the way to restoring Ventspils’ dominance in the country.
A fascinating final match awaits.
WATCH FK VENTSPILS v FK SIAULAI 2ND LEG HIGHLIGHTS HERE: