Ones To Watch
Updated Sunday, 13th October 2002
The other teams in Group 5 had mixed fortunes when they played on Friday and Saturday.
As Scotland will have only faced two of their EURO2004 Group 5 opponents so far, we better keep an eye on the other two. At the same time that Scotland were beating Iceland, Lithuania recorded the same score against the Faroe Islands in Kaunas. Understandably, the Faroese arrived for the game in confident mood following their 2-2 draw at home with Scotland just five weeks ago. However, that confidence took a knock when the Lithuanians scored a penalty in only 22 minutes to open the scoring. It was Akratitos striker Tomas Razanauskas who converted the penalty. To their credit, the visitors refused to fold and fought back well. However, the result looked more like a formality just eight minutes before the break. Razanauskas linked up with Maccabi Haifa midfielder Raimondas Zutautas to create a chance for Robertas Poskus. He did not need a written invitation to apply the finishing touch to make it 2-0.
The Lithuanians were having to play without FC Porto's Edgaras Jankauskas, who was ruled out with a groin injury. Even without their star striker Jankauskas the game was never in real doubt as the goalless second half progressed. The next game for Lithuania is on Wednesday when they travel to Iceland. The Faroes on the other hand have the prospect of taking on the Germans who will be hoping to bounce back from the 1-1 the draw in Bosnia on Friday.
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