World Cup qualifying: Marian Pahars nets first win as Latvia beat Lithuania
Last Updated: September 6, 2013 10:12pm
Nauris Bulvitis: Opened the scoring in Riga
Nauris Bulvitis and Arturs Zjuzins struck to hand former Southampton striker Marian Pahars his first win as Latvia manager at the expense of neighbours Lithuania.
The victory in Riga lifted Latvia above their Baltic rivals and into fourth in Group G of the European World Cup qualifying section.
Both goals arrived in the first half and Pahars' men held on after Deivydas Matulevicius gave Lithuania hope just before the interval.
Latvia turned to Pahars in the summer after collecting just four points from their opening six games.
After a friendly draw against Estonia last month, his competitive reign got off to a fine start as Bulvitis opened the scoring after 20 minutes.
Zjuzins doubled the lead in the 42nd minute but they were made to work after Matulevicius replied on the stroke of half-time.
It was only Latvia's second win of the campaign after a 2-0 defeat of bottom side Liechtenstein 11 months ago.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 6th Sep - Group F
Russia4 - 1Luxembourg
N Ireland2 - 4Portugal
Fri 6th Sep - Group C
Kazakhstan2 - 1Faroe Islands
Rep Ireland1 - 2Sweden
Germany3 - 0Austria
Fri 6th Sep - Group B
Czech Rep1 - 2Armenia
Malta1 - 2Denmark
Italy1 - 0Bulgaria
Fri 6th Sep - Group A
Macedonia2 - 1Wales
Serbia1 - 1Croatia
Scotland0 - 2Belgium
Fri 6th Sep - Group E
Norway2 - 0Cyprus
Slovenia1 - 0Albania
Switzerland4 - 4Iceland
Fri 6th Sep - Group H
Ukraine9 - 0San Marino
Poland1 - 1Montenegro
England4 - 0Moldova
Fri 6th Sep - Group D
Turkey5 - 0Andorra
Romania3 - 0Hungary
Estonia2 - 2Netherlands
Fri 6th Sep - Group G
Latvia2 - 1Lithuania
Bosnia0 - 1Slovakia
Liechtenstein0 - 1Greece
Fri 6th Sep - Group I
Georgia0 - 0France
Finland0 - 2Spain
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I