FC Žalgiris returned to the A league with another victory against Stumbras Kaunas. The 17th round match was sealed by Darvydas Šernas, who celebrated his 33rd birthday and helped his team to secure a victory by score line 1:0.
Šernas goal decided the game Photo: Saulius Čirba
Valdas Dambrauskas made some changes in the starting lineup, as goalkeeper Džiugas Bartkus made his debut in Žalgiris, also, it was the first game in A league for centre back Diego Oyarzun, while Daniel Romanovskij returned to the Vilnius side after a one year break.
Both teams had few good chances to score, but the game deciding goal was symbolically scored on 33 minutes by experienced striker Darvydas Šernas. After this victory Žalgiris is still 10 points ahead of second placed team Trakai.
FC Žalgiris 1:0 (1:0) Stumbras Kaunas
Goal: 33 min. D.Šernas
Yellow cards: 15 min. E.Vaitkūnas, 68 min. V.Lukša, 71 min. D.Šernas, 89 min. S.Blagojevič; 37 min. T.Snapkauskas, 62 min. L.Artimavičius
Žalgiris:Dž.Bartkus, R.Baravykas, L.Klimavičius, D.Oyarzun, E.Vaitkūnas, M.Kuklys, M.Traore (72 min. S.Blagojevič), D.Romanovskis (81 min. E.Stočkūnas), B.Atajič (62 min. S.Nyuiadzi), V.Lukša, D.Šernas.
Stumbras: R.Josviaki, J.Nazare, A.Almeida, T.Snapkauskas, M.Junior, L.Artimavičius, D.Galkevičius, V.Armanavičius (57 min. K.Sekgota), L.Matcharashvili, L.Villela (74 min. D.Konikas), E.Kassi (87 min. D.Barauskas).