The 12th Matchday of "SMScredit.LT A league" saw FK Žalgiris Vilnius secure a tight victory over FK Lietava Jonava in their home soil thanks to another winning goal from Linas Klimavičius, who scored the winner in Sunday's LFF Cup final against FK Trakai.
FK Žalgiris' line-up differed from the norm this season, as Elton, Simonas Stankevičius, and Jorge Chula made their way into the starting XI, with Aldas Korsakas making his debut for the first team this season at right back as well.
As is often the case, FK Žalgiris started pressing and attacking the opponents from the first minute on. Vytautas Lukša's attempt in the 4th minute was blocked, then a few minutes later his other shot went over the bar.
One of the best opportunities for the away side to open the deadlock with an early goal came in the 9th minute of the encounter. After an exchange of passes between the two, Marin Matoš played Jorge Chula with a through ball, and the Portuguese winger made a cutback pass to Mantas Kuklys, who had an open shot on goal, but missed the target.
Lukša found Matoš at the edge of the penalty area with a great pass in the 27th minute of the match. The Croatian fell inside the area after colliding with one of FK Lietava's defenders, but the referee did not point to spot.
The home side nearly took a surprising lead in the 36th minute of the encounter, when FK Lietava's captain Laurynas Stonkus fired a powerful dipping long shot just outside the penalty area. FK Žalgiris' goalkeeper Armantas Vitkauskas parried the ball into the crossbar and out for a corner, which resulted in a wide shot from the hosts.
In the end it was the side from Vilnius that took the lead, after Linas Klimavičius headed the ball into the net from a Mantas Kuklys corner in the 42nd minute of the match. 1:0 for the visitors.
The second half proved to be quite a spectacle for the spectators, as both teams attacked quite a lot during this second period. At the beginning of the half FK Žalgiris' players Chula and Simonas Stankevičius had their chances to double the side's lead.
FK Lietava, on the other hand, had an opportunity to equalise in the 54th minute of the duel, when Tomas Salamanavičius got an open shooting chance after a corner, but his attempt went over the goal.
Simonas Stankevičius went one on one with the goalkeeper after a counter attack by FK Žalgiris in the 62nd minute of the match, but failed to convert the chance and only won a corner for the team. A few minutes later Mantas Kuklys, who was standing free, shot straight at the goalkeeper.
FK Lietava tried to strangle the visitors in the dying minutes of the match. Arnas Paškevičius, who came off the bench for the home side, had a fantastic opportunity to equalise in the 89th minute with a powerful low shot just at the edge of the penalty box. Armantas Vitkauskas of FK Žalgiris was, luckily for his team, up for the challenge and kept the shot out.
The away side, despite wasting a few more counter attack chances at the end of the match, kept a clean sheet and secured a 1:0 away victory.
FK Lietava Jonava - FK Žalgiris Vilnius 0:1 (0:1)
SMScredit.LT A league, Matchday 12, Jonava
42' [0:1] Linas Klimavičius
Bookings: 37' Marin Matoš (FK Žalgiris Vilnius); 81' Aleksandras Šušniaras (FK Lietava Jonava).
FK Žalgiris Vilnius line-up:
Armantas Vitkauskas, Egidijus Vaitkūnas, Linas Klimavičius, Mamadou Mbodji, Aldas Korsakas, Elton, Marin Matoš, (70' Elivelto), Mantas Kuklys, Vytautas Lukša, Jorge Chula (57' Justas Lasickas), Simonas Stankevičius (83' Linas Pilibaitis).