Jekyll and Hyde Cyprus slump to defeat in Estonia

Jekyll and Hyde Cyprus slump to defeat in Estonia

Cyprus’s hopes of battling for second place in World Cup qualifying Group H were dealt a sucker punch on Sunday after they were beaten 1-0 by Estonia in Tallinn.

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Mattias Käit volleyed in a late, late winner in the second minute of added time from outside the penalty area to inflict an unexpected defeat on the Cypriots, who just four days earlier recorded a stunning 3-2 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It was a classic case of a Jekyll and Hyde performance from Ran Ben Simon’s Cyprus team, who failed to capitalize on their previous remarkable result and missed out of the chance to catch second-placed neighbors Greece.

More surprising was the fact that the visitors failed to threaten the home goal in a match which saw the hosts in better shape and controlling the play as well as having the lion’s share of scoring chances.

Cyprus remain on 10 points with just two matches to play, while Estonia's first goal in four qualifiers gave them a win which moved them on to eight points.

The next round of matches which take place in October 7 sees Estonia travel to Gibraltar while Cyprus host Greece in Nicosia.

By Graham Wood
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