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Welsh woe for Finland

Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 17.37CET
Finland 0-2 Wales Wales get their EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign off to a flying start.

Match statistics

FinlandWales

Goals scored0
2
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 17.37CET

Welsh woe for Finland

Finland 0-2 Wales Wales get their EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign off to a flying start.

Finland 0-2 Wales
Wales got their EURO 2004™ qualifying campaign off to a flying start with a surprise away success against Finland.

Welsh wonders
John Hartson and Simon Davies were the Welsh wonders in Helsinki, giving their side a priceless three points in Group 9. Both sides were keen to get off to a winning start, particularly with Italy and Yugoslavia still to come.

Strong defence
If the local fans had expected the home side to come storming out from kick-off, they were left disappointed as the game began slowly with chances few and far between. The Finns were the first to settle into any kind of rhythm but the Welsh rearguard showed plenty of resilience in blocking out any attempts from the home side.

Hartson opener
The visitors seemed content to sit back and let the Finns run themselves ragged against a solid Welsh wall and so the match proceeded without any chances of note in the first 30 minutes. The deadlock was broken on the half-hour mark when the Finnish defence failed to clear a cross from Gary Speed, and Celtic FC striker Hartson converted from close range.

Litmanen unlucky
The Finns immediately went back on the attack but they did not get any closer than a 20-metre attempt from Jari Litmanen towards the end of the first half. The home side were hoping for better things after the interval and certainly picked up their play.

Twice denied
Finland were unlucky not to restore parity when Teemu Tainio hit the post from a long-range shot and Shefki Kuqi came close with a header that was just tipped over the bar by Welsh goalkeeper Paul Jones. It looked like it would not be the Finns night and that was underlined when Ryan Giggs released Davies, and the Tottenham Hotspur FC man drilled the ball in at the near post in the 72nd minute.

Hughes thrilled
"We're delighted with the result," said Wales coach Mark Hughes. "It was a good start for the qualifying campaign and that could prove very important. In the first half, we didn't play exactly how I would have wanted but things improved in the second half. All in all it was a good performance."

Last updated: 09/09/02 9.14CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Wales

Wales

1
Antti NiemiAntti Niemi
1
Paul JonesPaul Jones
2
NylundVille Nylund
Substitution70
2
DelaneyMark Delaney
3
SaarinenJanne Saarinen
Substitution78
3
SpeedGary Speed
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
Yellow Card45
4
MelvilleAndy Melville
5
TihinenHannu Tihinen
Yellow Card21
5
GabbidonDanny Gabbidon
6
RiihilahtiAki Riihilahti
Yellow Card86
6
PembridgeMark Pembridge
Yellow Card10
7
NurmelaMika Nurmela
Substitution85
7
SavageRobbie Savage
8
TainioTeemu Tainio
Yellow Card90+3
8
JohnsonAndy Johnson
Yellow Card63
Substitution76
9
KuqiShefki Kuqi
9
HartsonJohn Hartson
Goal30
10
LitmanenJari Litmanen
10
DaviesSimon Davies
Goal72
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
11
GiggsRyan Giggs

Substitutes

12
JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen
21
CrossleyMark Crossley
16
KopteffPeter Kopteff
Substitution78
12
BellamyCraig Bellamy
Substitution76
17
JohanssonJonatan Johansson
Substitution70
14
BlakeNathan Blake
18
KottilaMika Kottila
Substitution85
15
EarnshawRob Earnshaw
13
HietanenJanne Hietanen
16
KoumasJason Koumas
14
KuivastoToni Kuivasto
17
RobinsonCarl Robinson
15
IlolaJari Ilola
18
WestonRhys Weston

Coach

Antti Muurinen (FIN) Mark Hughes (WAL)

Referee

Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Assistant referees

Egon Bereuter (AUT), Walter Staudinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Michael Daxauer (AUT)

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