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Faroe Islands Fight Hard For Draw Against Kosovo

After a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Azerbaijan, the Faroe Islands were determined not to disappoint the home supporters for a second consecutive match.

This time there was no rain like there was in the match against Azerbaijan, but it was a windy night in Torshavn on 14 October.

Lars Olsen made some changes to his lineup by starting Rogvi Baldvinsson at right-back while moving Gilli Rolantsson to the right-wing position, and Sonni Nattestad was back at center-back after serving a suspension.

Despite the changes, the Faroes fell behind after nine minutes when Milot Rashica rifled a shot from well outside the penalty area to beat a diving Gunnar Nielsen to silence the home crowd.

The first half ended with Kosovo in front, but the Faroese players continued to play hard despite falling behind early.

Just like Kosovo to start the match, the Faroe Islands got off to a fast start after the interval and the hard work was rewarded when Rene ‘Shaki’ Joensen finished off a cross from Gilli Rolantsson to level the score at 1-1.

The celebration that ensued afterward is a moment that will always be remembered in Faroese football history as Joensen was lifted-up by his teammate Hallur Hansson.

Manager Lars Olsen was nonchalant on the sidelines, but proud of his men for finding the equalizer.

The Faroese players furiously looked for the game winner throughout the second half, but Kosovo was able to hold on for the draw.

The previous match against Azerbaijan was disappointing. But the Faroe Islands outshot Kosovo and displayed a performance to make the home supporters proud.

Next up for the Faroe Islands is a road fixture against Azerbaijan on 17 November.

It will be difficult to win Group 3 of Nations League D, but Lars Olsen and his men know they have what it takes to leave Baku with a positive result.

Prediction: Azerbaijan 1-1 Faroe Islands

This article was originally published on Nationsleaguefootball.wordpress.com


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