FK RFS Photo: Oleg Baibakov
The RFS team scored two goals in the first 11 minutes of Friday’s only “Optibet” Latvian Football Super League game and beat the “Daugavpils” team and regained the first place in the tournament table. RFS beat Daugavpils 2: 0 (2: 0) at the stadium named after Jānis Skredelis in Rīga. In the eighth minute Kevins Frīzenbihlers scored the goal for the home team, but three minutes later Tomāšs Šimkovičs stood out.
RFS has advanced to the first place with 49 points in 19 dues. “Valmiera” has 47 points in 21 games, but “Riga” has 41 points in 19 games. Behind the first three with 35 points in 20 matches is “Liepāja”, followed by “Daugavpils” with 28 points in 20 fights and “Spartaks” with 27 points in 21 games. 18 points in 22 matches is “Metta”, but Daugavpils “Noah Jurmala” with three points in 28 matches is in the last place.
RFS returned to the Super League championship after a break of more than three weeks. In the last Super League game on August 1, RFS defeated Metta 4: 1 and returned to the top of the tournament table. After that, in the first match of the third round of the UEFA Conference League qualification, the draw was played 2: 2 with “Gent” from Belgium, the team of “Skanstes SK” won 2: 0 in the eighth final of the Latvian Cup, and then “Gent” was superior with 1: 0 and put an end to the RFS Eurocausal season. In the quarterfinals of the Latvian Cup, RFS convincingly won “Audu” with 4: 0.
Daugavpils residents had not had such a big break, although only three games have been played since the beginning of August – two in the Latvian Cup and one in the Premier League. In the eighth final of the Latvian Cup, they managed to beat another top league team Jūrmala “Spartaks” 1: 0, but in the next round “Liepāja” was superior with 1: 0 in overtime. The two teams also met in the Premier League championship in mid-August, with the duel ending 1: 1. This season the two teams had already met twice. In the test game, RFS won 3: 1, but at the end of May, the success in the Super League championship was celebrated in a much fiercer fight – 2: 1.
It became known this week that one of RFS ‘best goal scorers, Darko Lemajich, will continue his career in the aforementioned “Ghent”. He had scored five goals in the Super League this season, giving him ninth place on the list of the best goal scorers. Tomislavs Šaričs had also scored five goals in the RFS ranks, while no footballer in the “Daugavpils” team had managed to score more than three goals. Nine teams started the Premier League season, but during the championship, the most titled of the nine teams “Ventspils” first announced their withdrawal, and then – Daugavpils “Noah Jurmala”, which was surrounded by scandals.