Estonia hosts Cyprus in the first leg of the UEFA Nations League play-out final. The match will be played on Thursday, March 24th at A. Le Coq Arena (Tallinn)
The national team of Estonia took fourth place in Group B of League C with three points. It faced Armenia (0-2 and 1-1), North Macedonia (3-3 and 1-2), and Georgia (0-1 and 0-0). The Blueshirts did not perform well in the UEFA Nations League, but with the arrival of the Swiss Thomas Haberli, their results improved slightly. In Group E of the 2022 World Cup qualification, the Estonians overtook the Belarusians in the dispute for the penultimate place. The Blueshirts were remembered for two goals scored in a home match against Belgium (2-5) and an honorable away draw with Wales (0-0). Haberli’s coaching staff decided on the roster of the national team on March 15. The list includes 26 players, and almost half of them (11) represent Flora Tallinn.
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The national team of Cyprus finished fourth in Group A of League C with four points. Nikos Kostenoglou’s team scored them in matches against Montenegro (0-2 and 0-4), Luxembourg (0-2 and 2-1), and Azerbaijan (0-1 and 0-0). The Cypriots perform at a level similar to the Estonians. The Islanders finished in the penultimate place in Group H in the 2022 World Cup qualification. The team made a couple of sensations, earning points in home matches with Slovakia (0-0) and Slovenia (1-0). This was enough to get ahead of the competitors from Malta thanks to additional indicators.
These teams have not crossed paths since the 2018 World Cup qualification when they ended up in the same group. The match in Nicosia in March 2017 ended without goals, and six months later, the Estonians pulled out a victory due to a goal by Mattias Kait in the 92nd minute (1-0). The Cypriots show completely different results at home and away. On their native territory, the Islanders almost always create problems even for superior opponents, but they play very poorly away. They have not won on a foreign pitch since the fall of 2019. Their winless away streak lasts 12 matches: one draw and 11 losses. The Estonians are not bad at home. Recently, they have defeated Belarus (2-0) and tied against Armenia (1-1) and North Macedonia (3-3). We think that Haberli’s team will take advantage of the opponents’ weakness in away matches and create a reserve before leaving for Cyprus.