Pieters piles on the pain for Finland

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 18.45CET
Finland 0-1 Netherlands
Erik Pieters scored the only goal as the Jong Oranje completed back-to-back wins over Finland to maintain their perfect start.
by Mikael Erävuori
Pieters piles on the pain for Finland
Erik Pieters in action for the Netherlands ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FinlandNetherlands

Goals scored0
1
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts8
 
13
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners4
 
8
Fouls committed8
 
15

Matches

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 18.45CET

Pieters piles on the pain for Finland

Finland 0-1 Netherlands
Erik Pieters scored the only goal as the Jong Oranje completed back-to-back wins over Finland to maintain their perfect start.

Erik Pieters scored the only goal as the Netherlands completed back-to-back wins over Finland to maintain their perfect start after two Group 4 matches in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Finland struggle
The Netherlands had beaten Finland in Emmen last month and PSV Eindhoven defender Pieters' solitary strike on 24 minutes was enough to defeat them again as the hosts fell to a third successive defeat. Finland qualified for the finals for the first time last summer but are yet to pick up a point in qualifying this time around and look hard pressed to repeat that feat in a group also including Spain and Poland.

Pieters scores
In contrast, the Netherlands – back-to-back winners of the competition in 2006 and 2007 – are finding their stride under new coach Cor Pot and despite creating few chances, took the one that mattered. Midway through the first half the home side were unable to deal with Diego Biseswar's corner from the left and Dutch captain Pieters stole in to finish from close range.

Krul saves
The Jong Oranje continued to dominate the first half and forced Markku Kanerva into changes at the break, which brought a positive response from his players. They took the initiative and created a number of openings, the best of which fell to centre-back Paulus Arajuuri late on, only for his impressive overhead kick to be well saved by Tim Krul in the Dutch goal.

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Last updated: 10/10/09 16.55CET

Related information

Lineup

Finland

Finland

Netherlands

Netherlands

1Lukas Hradecky (GK)1Tim Krul (GK)
2Ville Nikkari2Daryl Janmaat
3Jukka Raitala3Rens van Eijden
4Joona Toivio (C)4Jeffrey Bruma
5Paulus Arajuuri5Erik Pieters (C)
Goal24'
6Joni Kauko
Substitution46'
6Leroy Fer
Substitution83'
7Sebastian Mannström7Georginio Wijnaldum
Yellow Card66'
8Toni Kolehmainen8Kevin Strootman
Substitution75'
10Riku Riski9Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Yellow Card60'
Substitution79'
18Mika Ojala
Substitution61'
10Siem de Jong
20Teemu Pukki
Substitution80'
11Diego Biseswar

Substitutes

12Juha Tuomi (GK)16Sergio Padt (GK)
9Jonne Hjelm
Substitution46'
12Mark van der Maarel
11Akseli Pelvas
Substitution61'
13Nicky Kuiper
13Henri Aalto14Vurnon Anita
Substitution75'
14Mikko Sumusalo15Daley Blind
15Markus Joenmäki17Mitchell Donald
Substitution83'
17Aleksei Kangaskolkka
Substitution80'
18Nacer Barazite
Substitution79'

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) Cor Pot (NED)

Referee

David Mckeon (IRL)

Assistant referees

Martin Moloney (IRL), David Wogan (IRL)

Fourth official

Damien Hancock (IRL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also