Finland surge secures third place

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 18.46CET
Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein
Akseli Pelvas, Teemu Pukki and Riku Riski were all on target in Helsinki as  Finland secured third place in Group 4 ahead of Poland.
by Mikael Eravuori
from Helsinki Football Stadium
Finland surge secures third place
Finland triumphed at the Helsinki Football Stadium ©Jussi Eskola
 

Match statistics

FinlandLiechtenstein

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts14
 
0
Attempts off target14
 
2
Corners9
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
13

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Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 18.46CET

Finland surge secures third place

Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein
Akseli Pelvas, Teemu Pukki and Riku Riski were all on target in Helsinki as  Finland secured third place in Group 4 ahead of Poland.

Finland secured third place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4 with a win that means Liechtenstein's campaign ends without a point.

At kick-off Finland were two points behind Poland, having narrowed the gap against their nearest rivals with a 2-0 win on Friday. And goals from Akseli Pelvas, Teemu Pukki and Riku Riski, combined with Poland's 1-0 loss to Spain, ensured Finland ended in the top three having picked up more points in the last four days than their previous six games combined.

"Our aim was to claim third place and we did that," said Finland coach Markku Kanerva. "I'm satisfied with our performance this autumn: wins against Poland and Liechtenstein and a draw against Spain. Today it was a little bit difficult but we controlled the game, claimed a good win and  got to watch some new players in action."

Pelvas pounced to give Finland the lead when a Sebastian Mannström corner was not cleared on 21 minutes and later in the half captain Joona Toivio's long-range effort was parried by Benjamin Büchel and tapped in by Pukki. Just past the hour Pelvas found Riski in the box and his shot deflected out of the reach of the stranded Büchel, leaving Liechtenstein still searching for their first point in a main U21 qualifying round group following their maiden campaign.

Last updated: 07/09/10 19.16CET

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Lineup

Finland

Finland

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

1Eemeli Reponen (GK)1Benjamin Büchel (GK)
2Ville Nikkari
Substitution46'
2Seyhan Yildiz
3Jukka Raitala3Oliver Spalt
5Joona Toivio (C)5Olcay Gür
6Joni Kauko
Yellow Card66'
6Dominic Spalt
Yellow Card53'
7Sebastian Mannström
Substitution77'
7Pius Sprenger
Yellow Card7'
8Rasmus Schüller8Andreas Christen (C)
10Riku Riski
Goal61'
9Simon Pirker
Substitution81'
11Akseli Pelvas
Goal21'
Substitution62'
10Ivan Quintans
15Juhani Ojala11Burak Eris
Substitution83'
20Teemu Pukki
Goal37'
16Claudio Beck
Substitution76'

Substitutes

12Juha Tuomi (GK)12Dario Caluori (GK)
4Jani Tanska13Christoph Duelli
Substitution81'
9Jonne Hjelm14Yasin Ünlü
Substitution76'
14Mikko Sumusalo
Substitution46'
15Tolgahan Ünlü
16Johannes Westö
Substitution62'
17Sandro Wolfinger
Substitution83'
17Aleksei Kangaskolkka
Substitution77'
18Mika Ojala

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) René Pauritsch (LIE)

Referee

Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Assistant referees

Haralds Gudermanis (LVA), Janis Pukijans (LVA)

Fourth official

Andis Treimanis (LVA)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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