Persistent Spain find late solution

Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 17.40CET
Spain 1-0 Finland
The hosts had to be patient but Míchel's 79th-minute goal extended their winning start in Group 4 and lifted them into second spot.
by Alberto Sanchez
from El Arcangel
Persistent Spain find late solution
Spain midfielder Javi Martínez ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainFinland

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts10
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners10
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
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Published: Friday 13 November 2009, 17.40CET

Persistent Spain find late solution

Spain 1-0 Finland
The hosts had to be patient but Míchel's 79th-minute goal extended their winning start in Group 4 and lifted them into second spot.

Spain had to be patient as they sought to maintain their perfect record in 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4, Míchel eventually finding a way past Finland with eleven minutes remaining to lift his side up to second.

Hradecky saves
Juan Ramon Lopez Caro's troops had fired six goals in their two previous outings but they struggled to register against their visitors in Cordoba. Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky kept them at bay more than once, saving a Diego Capel free-kick with 24 minutes gone and denying Daniel Parejo from another set-piece three minutes after the break. Aside from a Teemu Pukki effort put wide six minutes before the interval, all the danger was being created at one end, and Finland's troubles increased when Ville Nikkari had to be replaced due to injury in first-half added time.

Capel cross
Spain continued to go close with Javi Martínez spurning a great opportunity on 51 minutes and Hradecky keeping out an Adrián López header on the hour mark, before Victor Laguardia Cisneros had a goal ruled out for offside. The hosts kept probing, however, and eventually struck when Míchel nodded in a cross from Capel, which had been given the deftest of flicks by Adrián López. The win took Spain above Poland thanks to their head-to-head record, with the second-placed team having played two games fewer. Finland lie fourth, six points behind their conquerors.

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Last updated: 14/11/09 1.07CET

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Lineup

Spain

Spain

Finland

Finland

1Sergio Asenjo (GK)1Lukas Hradecky (GK)
2César Azpilicueta2Ville Nikkari
Substitution45+1'
3Roberto Canella3Jukka Raitala
Yellow Card89'
4Kiko4Joona Toivio (C)
5Victor Laguardia5Paulus Arajuuri
Yellow Card58'
6Marcos Gullón
Substitution59'
6Joni Kauko
7Ander Herrera7Sebastian Mannström
Substitution81'
8Javi Martínez (C)8Toni Kolehmainen
9Joselú
Substitution46'
9Jonne Hjelm
10Daniel Parejo
Substitution85'
18Mika Ojala
Yellow Card69'
11Diego Capel20Teemu Pukki
Substitution72'

Substitutes

13David de Gea (GK)12Jukka Lehtovaara (GK)
12Andreu Fontàs10Sakari Mattila
14Míchel
Substitution59'
Goal79'
11Akseli Pelvas
Substitution81'
15Jordi Alba13Henri Aalto
16Fran Mérida
Substitution85'
14Mikko Sumusalo
Substitution45+1'
17Omar Ramos15Jani Tanska
18Adrián
Substitution46'
17Aleksei Kangaskolkka
Substitution72'
Yellow Card74'

Coach

Juan Ramon Lopez Caro (ESP) Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Assistant referees

Zurab Jvaridze (GEO), Guram Chigogidze (GEO)

Fourth official

Davit Kharitonashvili (GEO)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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