September 12, 2007: UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifier, Group B:

Faroe Islands lose to Lithuania.
So, what else is new?

Lithuania - Faroe Islands 2-1 (1-0)
1-0 Edgaras Jankauskas 8'
2-0 Tomas Danilevicius 53'
2-1 Rógvi Jacobsen 90'+ 3

Another loss for the Faroe Islands to add to their collection... Could the result today have been different? Not really, although the Faroe Islands did have a couple of very good scoring opportunities that went begging.

Lithuania took the lead after only 7 in connection with a free kick half way into the Faroese half which the referee awarded Lithuania after a player from each team seemed to have their arms or elbows a bit too high. They seemed equally guilty about it, but the home team was awarded the free kick. The free kick was knocked into the Faroese penalty area where the Lithuanian player got in front of his much too passive marker and shot right on goalkeeper Jákup Mikkelsen, but Jankauskas was ready to slide the rebound over the line.

But the Faroe Islands should have equalized just a couple of minutes later. Jákup Mikkelsen sent a long free kick up field from outside his penalty where Rógvi Jacobsen with his head extended he ball forward to Christian Lamhauge Holst, but with only the goalkeeper to beat, he shot straight on him!

The Faroe Islands had another chance two minutes later when Súni Olsen sent a long diagonal free kick forward where Christian Høgni Jacobsen's nod with the head set up Rógvi Jacobsen with a shot from a difficult angle that forced the goalkeeper into a diving save.

Lithuania then went close again twice when the Faroese defense had problems with the crosses in front of goal.

The Faroes then made a very bright start to the 2nd half and came extremely close to an equalizer after only three minutes, but Rógvi Jacobsen's powerful header from close range was miraculously blocked by the Lithuanian goalkeeper, Karcemarskas.

Instead it was Lithuania who doubled their lead four minutes later. Again the Faroese defense was much too passive when Audrius Ksanavicius was allowed to go to the byline and make a low cross which no Faroese defender wanted to touch, apparently, because they just stood their looking as the ball came across to Tomas Danilevicius who from close range slotted home.

10 minutes into the 2nd half Lithuania were close again, but Jákup Mikkelsen dived to his right to save the Lithuanian header.

After that, not much happened in the match. Lithuania was happy to just play the ball around and the Faroe Islands never managed to put Lithuania under continuous pressure.

But 3 minutes into stoppage time, the Faroe Islands did get a consolation goal. And it was a very fine goal also. From the halfway-line, Andrew av Fløtum - who had just come on (he should have come on much earlier - if not in the starting line up)- played a brilliant curling pass, with the outside of his left foot, forward to Rógvi Jacobsen who 5 meters outside the penalty area gracefully lobbed the ball over the Lithuanian goalkeeper and into the goal via the left post.

This was Rógvi Jacobsen's 9th goal for the Faroe Island which makes him the all time record scorer for the Faroe Islands. An honor he shares with retired Todi Jónsson.

This was probably the Faroe Islands' last opportunity for getting a point in this qualifying campaign as the reaming matches are against very tough opposition: France at home (October 13), Ukraine away (October 17) and finally World Champions Italy away on November 21.

Match highlights of Lithuania vs. Faroe Islands

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