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Sweden buoyed by dominance over neighbours

Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 1.00CET
Sweden and Finland meet for the first time in the UEFA European Championship with past results having very much favoured the visitors in this UEFA EURO 2012 Group E contest.
Sweden buoyed by dominance over neighbours
Sweden face Finland knowing history is on their side ©Getty Images
 
Published: Wednesday 11 May 2011, 1.00CET

Sweden buoyed by dominance over neighbours

Sweden and Finland meet for the first time in the UEFA European Championship with past results having very much favoured the visitors in this UEFA EURO 2012 Group E contest.

Neighbours Sweden and Finland meet for the first time in the UEFA European Championship with past results having gone very much against the visitors in this UEFA EURO 2012 Group E contest.

• Sweden have dominated in the 83 previous games between the two sides with a record of W63 D11 L9.

• Sweden have won all three of their competitive home games against Finland, and their overall record at home to their opponents reads W34 D5 L2.

• Finland's only two wins in Sweden were a 1-0 success in Jonkoping on 1 February 2001 and a 3-0 victory in Stockholm on 29 May 1921.

• Finland lost 5-2 against Sweden in Helsinki in 22 October 1911 in their first international game.

• Sweden's biggest win over Finland was a 10-1 rout in a friendly in Helsinki on 15 August 1954. At home they beat their neighbours 7-0 on 24 August 1947 and 8-1 on 2 October 1949.

• The sides last met in a competitive fixture in 1992 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Klas Ingesson's goal gave Sweden a 1-0 victory in Helsinki on 9 September 1992, and they won the return fixture 3-2 with Martin Dahlin striking twice either side of a Henrik Larsson goal. Tero Suominen and Jari Litmanen scored for Finland.

• Current Finland coach Mixu Paatelainen featured in those games as a player.

Last updated: 01/06/11 11.40CET

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