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A Lyga
2018
Season information
Winners Sūduva
Relegated Jonava
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Sūduva
Europa League Žalgiris
Trakai
Stumbras
Season statistics
Matches played 127
Goals scored 331
Top goalscorer Liviu Antal (23 goals)
Biggest home win Stumbras 6–0 Atlantas
(28 October 2018)
Sūduva 6–0 Atlantas
(7 November 2018)
Biggest away win Jonava 0–6 Žalgiris
(26 September 2018)
Highest scoring Atlantas 2–5 Žalgiris
(11 April 2018)
Atlantas 2–5 Sūduva
(4 October 2018)
Žalgiris 5–2 Kauno Žalgiris
(7 November 2018)
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The 2018 A Lyga was the 29th season of the A Lyga, the top-tier association football league of Lithuania. The season began on 25 February 2018 and ended on 11 November 2018.

Sūduva Marijampolė began the season as defending champions having won their first league title last year. They secured a second consecutive title in ARVI Football Arena on 7 November, after they beaten Atlantas 6–0.

Teams

The following teams are competing in the 2018 championship:

Club Location Stadium Turf Capacity 2017 position
Atlantas Klaipėda Central Stadium of Klaipėda Natural 4,428 5th
Klaipėda Artificial Football Pitch Artificial 1,000
Jonava Jonava Central Stadium of Jonava Natural 1,008 4th
Jonava Artificial Football Pitch Artificial 558
Kauno Žalgiris Kaunas Darius and Girėnas Stadium Natural 9,180 8th
NFA Stadium Artificial 500
Palanga Palanga Palanga Stadium Natural 1,212 I Lyga, 1st
Klaipėda Klaipėda Artificial Football Pitch Artificial 1,000
Stumbras Kaunas Darius and Girėnas Stadium Natural 9,180 7th
NFA Stadium Artificial 500
Sūduva Marijampolė ARVI Football Arena Natural 6,250 1st
ARVI Football Indoor Arena Artificial 2,660
Trakai Vilnius LFF Stadium Artificial 5,067 3rd
Sportima Arena Artificial 3,157
Žalgiris Vilnius LFF Stadium Artificial 5,067 2nd
Sportima Arena Artificial 3,157

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and Managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Atlantas Flag of Lithuania Vacys Lekevičius (caretaker) Flag of Lithuania Andrius Bartkus Adidas Marijampolės pieno konservai
Jonava Flag of Lithuania Artūras Ramoška Flag of Lithuania Tadas Eliošius
Flag of Lithuania Laurynas Stonkus
Erreà  —
Kauno Žalgiris Flag of Lithuania Mindaugas Čepas Flag of Lithuania Aurimas Raginis Hummel BC Žalgiris
Palanga Flag of Lithuania Valdas Trakys Flag of Lithuania Gvidas Juška Nike  —
Stumbras Flag of Portugal Mariano Barreto Flag of Lithuania Rimvydas Sadauskas Joma  —
Sūduva Flag of Kazakhstan Vladimir Cheburin Flag of Lithuania Algis Jankauskas Joma Sumeda
Trakai Flag of Belarus Albert Rybak (caretaker) Flag of Lithuania Valdemaras Borovskis Nike Ecoil
Žalgiris Flag of Lithuania Valdas Urbonas Flag of Lithuania Georgas Freidgeimas Nike Top Sport

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Žalgiris Flag of Belarus Aleksandr Brazevich End of contract 24 November 2017 Pre-season Flag of Lithuania Aurelijus Skarbalius 27 November 2017
Jonava Flag of Lithuania Mindaugas Čepas 21 December 2017 Flag of Lithuania Darius Gvildys (caretaker) 21 December 2017
Atlantas Flag of Lithuania Igoris Pankratjevas Mutual consent 5 January 2018 Flag of Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys (caretaker) 5 January 2018
Kauno Žalgiris Flag of Northern Ireland Johnny McKinstry 5 January 2018 Flag of Lithuania Mindaugas Čepas 5 January 2018
Jonava Flag of Lithuania Darius Gvildys End of caretaker spell 12 January 2018 Flag of Portugal Filipe Ribeiro 12 January 2018
Flag of Portugal Filipe Ribeiro Sacked 15 May 2018 8th Flag of Lithuania Darius Gvildys 15 May 2018
Trakai Flag of Russia Oleg Vasilenko 18 May 2018 3rd Flag of Lithuania Virmantas Lemežis (caretaker) 18 May 2018
Atlantas Flag of Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys End of caretaker spell 1 June 2018 4th Flag of Russia Anatoli Shelest 1 June 2018
Trakai Flag of Lithuania Virmantas Lemežis 18 June 2018 3rd Flag of Spain Kibu Vicuña 18 June 2018
Atlantas Flag of Russia Anatoli Shelest Sacked 21 June 2018 5th Flag of Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys (caretaker) 3 August 2018
Žalgiris Flag of Lithuania Aurelijus Skarbalius 21 June 2018 2nd Flag of Lithuania Valdas Urbonas 23 June 2018
Jonava Flag of Lithuania Darius Gvildys Mutual consent 12 July 2018 8th Flag of Lithuania Artūras Ramoška 12 January 2018
Atlantas Flag of Lithuania Algimantas Briaunys Resigned 30 August 2018 6th Flag of Lithuania Tadas Labukas (caretaker) 6 September 2018
Flag of Lithuania Tadas Labukas End of caretaker spell 13 September 2018 Flag of Russia Anatoli Shelest 13 September 2018
Trakai Flag of Spain Kibu Vicuña Signed by Wisła Płock 11 October 2018 4th Flag of Belarus Albert Rybak (caretaker) 11 October 2018
Atlantas Flag of Russia Anatoli Shelest Mutual consent 24 October 2018 6th Flag of Lithuania Vacys Lekevičius (caretaker) 24 October 2018

Regular season

Regular season table

Template:2018 A Lyga Regular Season table

Championship round

Championship round table

Template:2018 A Lyga Championship Round table

Relegation play-offs

The 7th placed team faced the runners-up of the 2018 LFF I Lyga for a two-legged play-off. The winner on aggregate score after both matches earned entry into the 2019 A Lyga.

First leg

28 October 2018 (2018-10-28)
16:00 EET (UTC+2)
DFK Dainava 0–3 Palanga Alytus Stadium
Attendance: 1,520
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika
Summary
Video
Aniefiok Goal 15'28'
Dombrauskis Goal 47'

Second leg

3 November 2018 (2018-11-03)
13:00 EET (UTC+2)
Palanga 2–0 DFK Dainava Gargždai Stadium
Attendance: 400
Referee: Manfredas Lukjančukas
Juška Goal 49'
Urbys Goal 70'
Summary
Video

Palanga won 5–0 on aggregate and therefore both clubs remain in their respective leagues.

Positions by round

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological progress, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Leader – Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
Qualification to Europa League first qualifying round
Qualification to relegation play-offs
Relegation to 2019 I Lyga
Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Sūduva 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Žalgiris 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Trakai 6 4 4 3 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 3
Stumbras 7 7 7 8 7 5 6 7 7 7 6 7 7 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 4 4
Kauno Žalgiris 7 8 5 5 5 7 7 8 8 8 7 5 5 6 7 7 7 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Atlantas 3 3 3 4 2 3 5 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Palanga 4 6 8 7 8 6 4 5 6 6 5 6 6 7 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 7
Jonava 4 5 6 6 6 8 8 4 5 5 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 8 8

Updated to games played on 11 November 2018

Season statistics

Top scorers

Rank Pos. Player Club Goals MP APG
1 MF Flag of Romania Liviu Antal Žalgiris 23 2065 90
2 MF Flag of Brazil Marcos Júnior Stumbras 17 2097 124
3 MF Flag of Lithuania Donatas Kazlauskas Atlantas/Trakai 12 1796 150
4 FW Flag of Nigeria Ogana Louis Žalgiris 11 1643 150
5 MF Flag of Chile Gerson Acevedo Sūduva 10 1719 172
6 MF Flag of Lithuania Ovidijus Verbickas 9 1858 207
7 FW Flag of Austria Sandro Gotal 8 644 81
FW Flag of Slovakia Tomáš Malec Žalgiris 1546 194
FW Flag of Curaçao Rigino Cicilia Sūduva 1588 199
FW Flag of Lithuania Laurynas Stonkus Jonava 2075 260

Updated to games played on 11 November 2018

Top assists

Rank Pos. Player Club Assists
1 MF Flag of Austria Tomáš Šimkovič Žalgiris 15
2 DF Flag of Croatia Andro Švrljuga Sūduva 8
3 FW Flag of Nigeria Ogana Louis Žalgiris 7
4 MF Flag of Brazil Lucas Villela Stumbras 6
5 MF Flag of South Africa Kgaogelo Sekgota 5
MF Flag of France Serge Nyuiadzi Žalgiris
DF Flag of Lithuania Vaidas Slavickas Sūduva
MF Flag of Lithuania Ovidijus Verbickas

Updated to games played on 11 November 2018

Clean sheets

Rank Player Club Clean sheets GP
1 Flag of Croatia Ivan Kardum Sūduva 17 33
2 Flag of Lithuania Džiugas Bartkus Žalgiris 12 21
Flag of Lithuania Tomas Švedkauskas Trakai 23
Flag of Brazil Rodrigo Josviaki Stumbras 30
5 Flag of Lithuania Martynas Matuzas Kauno Žalgiris 7 20

Updated to games played on 11 November 2018

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date
Flag of Slovakia Tomáš Malec Žalgiris Trakai 3–2 (H) 7 April 2018
Flag of Lithuania Linas Pilibaitis Kauno Žalgiris Atlantas 4–0 (H) 28 August 2018
Flag of Romania Liviu Antal Žalgiris Palanga 0–5 (A) 29 August 2018
Flag of Brazil Marcos Júnior Stumbras Jonava 3–0 (H) 4 October 2018
Flag of Romania Liviu Antal Žalgiris Kauno Žalgiris 5–2 (H) 7 November 2018
Flag of Austria Sandro Gotal Sūduva Atlantas 6–0 (H) 7 November 2018

Discipline

Player

  • Most yellow cards: 9
    • Flag of Croatia Slavko Blagojević (Žalgiris)
  • Most red cards: 2
    • Flag of Lithuania Linas Klimavičius (Žalgiris)

Club

  • Most yellow cards: 68
    • Kauno Žalgiris
  • Most red cards: 5
    • Žalgiris

Attendance

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Sūduva 16,740 2,400 450 985 -0.90449954086318−9.5%
2 Žalgiris 10,530 2,000 100 620 -0.86350974930362−13.6%
3 Jonava 5,160 850 50 369 0.10149253731343+10.1%
4 Trakai 4,947 1,000 50 310 0.13553113553114+13.5%
5 Atlantas 4,120 700 70 258 -0.58108108108108−41.8%
6 Palanga 2,980 500 50 213 0.0094786729857821+0.9%1
7 Stumbras 3,220 500 50 190 -0.92233009708738−7.7%
8 Kauno Žalgiris 2,860 450 80 179 0.011299435028248+1.1%
League total 50,577 2,400 50 399 -0.8347280334728−16.5%

Updated to games played on 11 November 2018
Source: A Lyga, Lietuvos Futbolas

Notes:
1: Team played last season in the I Lyga

Awards

Yearly awards

Individual

Awards were presented at the Lithuanian Football Awards ceremony, which was held on 21 February 2019. Finalists for voted awards were announced after the season and winners were presented at the award ceremony.

2018 A Lyga awards
Award Recipient(s)
Player of the Year Ovidijus Verbickas (Sūduva)
Young Player of the Year Justinas Marazas (Trakai)
Manager of the Year Vladimir Cheburin (Sūduva)
Golden Boot Liviu Antal (Žalgiris)

Team of the Year

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of Croatia Kardum (Sūduva) Flag of Netherlands Slijngard (Žalgiris)
Flag of Serbia Tomić (Žalgiris)
Flag of Lithuania Jankauskas (Sūduva)
Flag of Croatia Švrljuga (Sūduva)
Flag of Lithuania Kazlauskas (Atlantas/Trakai)
Flag of Austria Offenbacher (Sūduva)
Flag of Austria Šimkovič (Žalgiris)
Flag of Brazil Júnior (Stumbras)
Flag of Romania Antal (Žalgiris)
Flag of Nigeria Ogana (Žalgiris)

Monthly awards

Individual

Player of the Month
Month Player Stats Rf
March Karolis Laukžemis (Sūduva) 4GP, 3G, 1A
April Ovidijus Verbickas (Sūduva) 5GP, 5G
May Liviu Antal (Žalgiris) 5GP, 4G, 1A
June & July Marcos Júnior (Stumbras) 3GP, 2G
August Liviu Antal (Žalgiris) 3GP, 7G, 1A
September & October Tomáš Šimkovič (Žalgiris) 9GP, 4G, 4A

Young Player of the Month
Month Player Stats
March Wasn't announced
April Justinas Marazas (Trakai) 5GP, 3G
May Kgaogelo Sekgota (Stumbras) 5GP, 1G, 2A
June & July Edvinas Kloniūnas (Kauno Žalgiris) 4GP, 1G
August Levan Matcharashvili (Stumbras) 5GP, 1A
September & October Ernestas Mockus (Kauno Žalgiris) 4GP, 1A

Coach of the Month
Month Player Win %
March Vladimir Cheburin (Sūduva) 4GP, 75%
April Vladimir Cheburin (Sūduva) 5GP, 80%
May Aurelijus Skarbalius (Žalgiris) 5GP, 80%
June & July Mariano Barreto (Stumbras) 3GP, 100%
August Valdas Urbonas (Žalgiris) 3GP, 100%
September & October Vladimir Cheburin (Sūduva) 10GP, 70%

Team of the Month

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