World Cup qualifier: Lithuania cruise to 2-0 victory over Latvia

Last Updated: 11/10/13 7:45pm

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Fedor Cernych: On the scoresheet for Lithuania

Fedor Cernych: On the scoresheet for Lithuania

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Fedor Cernych and Saulius Mikoliunas efforts secured Lithuania a 2-0 win in their Group G World Cup qualifier against Latvia.

The hosts took an early lead at the LFF Stadium, with Cernych rising at the near post to head the hosts in front after just eight minutes in Vilnius.

Valerijs Sabala wasted a chance to level soon after, although Lithuania looked in control of the Group G encounter for the most part.

Mindaugas Kalonas rattled the crossbar straight after half-time, with the home side eventually putting the game out of sight in the 68th minute.

Former Hearts man Mikoliunas doubled Lithuania's advantage, slotting past Latvia goalkeeper Andris Vanins after finding himself in space following an impressive breakaway.

Latvia substitute Eduards Visnakovs saw an attempt at reducing the deficit blocked late on.

The result lifts fourth-placed Lithuania on to 11 points in Group G, four more than fifth-placed Latvia and one behind Slovakia in third.

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