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May 16, 2017, 9:12 PM
I posted the report below today in the WDYG section. Vilnius comes highly recommended and I'd be happy to help if anyone is planning it and needs a tip.
I will try to post on the Minsk trip in due course.
FK Zalgiris 1-1 FK Trakai
Lithuanian A Lyga
At the LFF Stadionas (national stadium), Vilnius
Admission: 2.40 Euros
This was part two of a double header featuring Dinamo Minsk who I watched in the Belarusian capital on Sunday (report to follow).
For those who haven't visited Vilnius - I strongly recommend it. The transport links are excellent. It's only a few minute's bus ride (1 Euro) from the airport and once you are here everything is generally walkable. The city is a delight; full of pretty churches, palaces, castles and bars and restaurants galore. It's cheap too.
The LFF stadium is in the southern part of the city centre, a few minutes walk from the main railway station. Tickets were being sold from a car by the turnstile. The ground is very small by national stadium standards - I think Liechtenstein and San Marino's were actually better than this! It's three sided with cover only on the main side.
The crowd was approximately 1,000 with no away support noticeable, despite Trakai only being 25k from Vilnius. The Ultras made a little noise but the atmosphere was generally muted.
Zalgaris took the lead that they deserved on the half hour mark with a low left footed shot from 16 yards. It was no surprise that the league leaders led at the break. It was a surprise, however, that Trakai equalised early in the second period and deserved their point.
I presume that they ramp up the facilities for international games and get temporary amenities. I counted 4 toilets in the away end. England fans will test that to destruction in October!
(This post was edited by monty on May 18, 2017, 7:50 AM)
Post edited by monty
(Junior Team Star) on May 18, 2017, 7:50 AM