Ojamaa collects fourth cap against France
Updated Tuesday, 5th June 2012
Henrik Ojamaa's international career continued as he played for an hour in Estonia's 4-0 defeat to France in Le Mans. The heavy nature of the loss should not deflect from the fact our man can be very pleased with large parts of his performance.
The German commentator on Sport 1 gave him a special, if slightly condescending, mention before the game but this was more due to his brief time at Alemannia Aachen than his status as a potential danger man.
It was the visitors who made the much better start to the game and Ojamaa missed a glorious chance following a defensive error in six minutes. In fairness he was shooting from a tight angle and only had a small section of goal to aim at but should have erred on the side of hitting the target than fire a foot beyond the far post.
His next involvement was a quarter chance when he turned over an awkward volley but mid-way through the half the German commentator was again making reference to him. This time he was fulsome in his praise, saying our man was producing a “good performance, quick, full of movement and strong dribbling”. He went on to express surprise that he hadn't made a breakthrough in the German leagues with Aachen.
Sadly the commentator was providing a curse as well as a compliment and France immediately upped their game. Sensational goals from Ribery and Benzema showed a cutting edge lacked by the Estonians and another immediately after half time killed the game as a contest. When Ojamaa was removed on the hour mark he had hardly touched the ball for 15 minutes as his teammates were beginning to wilt under French pressure and the hosts added one more for good measure before the full time whistle sounded.
Henrik therefore finishes his first burst of international football with no goals but four caps to his name. The minutes played mean this modest record should not be taken on face value though and assuming he is not unfit, it is hard to see him not retaining his place in their squad for their August friendly against Poland.
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