On 8th of March FC Žalgiris hosted FC Palanga, a team which is making a debut in Lithuanian elite football league. After the goalless draw on 4th of March against FC Stumbras the Green-Whites proved their strength against opponents as the final score speaks for itself – 4:0 (2:0).
Right after the start of the match, the home team took control of the game and on 15th minute after a great cross to the penalty area from Marquinhos, Tomaš Malec sent a header into FC Palanga net. After another 15 minutes, Marquinhos doubled the result by sending a very powerful volley towards the oppositions’ goal and the result became 2:0.
After halftime, the away team made some effort to try and restore the tension in the game but it all became clear that FC Žalgiris will triumph in this match when Tomaš Malec scored his second goal with the assist from Marquinhos. And finally on the 90th minute of full time, Tomaš Šimkovič managed to put the nail in the coffin for FC Palanga as he received a wonderful pass from Lithuanian football veteran Saulius Mikoliūnas and the result became 4:0.
Head coach of FC Žalgiris expressed his joy after the game. “We are very happy with this 4:0 win. It was our third clean sheet in a row and it really gives the team confidence. We made lots of chances to score today but Our goal is to make even more of them. We should remain a bit more concentrated and not slow down even if We are leading by 2 goals.” - said Aurelijus Skarbalius.
Next week, FC Žalgiris will be visiting current Lithuanian champions FC Sūduva. The first clash of this season between two strongest country’s teams will take place in Marijampolė Arvi Arena on 14th of March, 20:00 pm.
FC Žalgiris – FC Palanga 4:0 (2:0).
Goals: 15 and 55 min. T.Malec; 33 min. Marquinhos; 90 min. T.Šimkovič.
Cards: 44 min. S.Blagojevič; 28 min. V.Kaborda, 61 min. L.Haruna.
FC Žalgiris: D.Bartkus, D.Slijngard, L.Klimavičius, M.Mbodji (48 min. D.Oyarzun), R.Baravykas, S.Blagojevič(80 min. S.Mikoliūnas), M.Tomič, J.Manzorro (56 min. D.Romanovskis), T.Šimkovič, Marquinhos ir T.Malec. Substitutes: A.Mickevičius, D.Barauskas, D.Kodz, L.Ogana
FC Palanga: A.Tcvetkov, D.Norvilas (53 min. G.Juška), M.Bagužis, V.Kaborda, W.Dioufa, B.Goupy (46 min. L.Haruna), R.Šveikauskas, J.Raziūnas, Y.Moyo, V.Furdui, Sim.Urbys (62 min. R.Osei). Substitutes: T.Norbutas, M.Radžiukynas, Sig.Urbys, T.Dombrauskis.