2016 European Championship Qualifying, Group Stage 2016
  • Konstantin Vassiljev (71')

Konstantin Vassiljev lifts Estonia over rivals Lithuania

Konstantin Vassiljev scored the only goal as Estonia gave their Euro 2016 qualifying play-off hopes a welcome boost with a 1-0 victory over Baltic rivals Lithuania in Tallinn.

Having beaten San Marino in their last outing in June, the Estonians made a confident start on Saturday but missed the final touch needed in front of goal, with Vassiljev, Ragnar Klavan and Aleksandr Dmitrijev all squandering chances in the opening 30 minutes.

Mindaugas Panka then had Lithuania's best chance after the restart, with his powerful 20-yard drive palmed away by Mihkel Aksalu as the visitors looked to end a run of four successive defeats in Group E.

However, it was Estonia who struck the decisive blow after 70 minutes when Vassiljev found space in the area before smashing a shot right footed high into the roof of the net.