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Finland find form on their travels

Published: Wednesday 11 October 2006, 21.38CET
Kazakhstan 0-2 Finland Roy Hodgson's visitors got their qualifying campaign back on track in Almaty, collecting another away victory in Group A.

Match statistics

KazakhstanFinland

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners1
 
8
Fouls committed6
 
9
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 11 October 2006, 21.38CET

Finland find form on their travels

Kazakhstan 0-2 Finland Roy Hodgson's visitors got their qualifying campaign back on track in Almaty, collecting another away victory in Group A.

Finland got their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying campaign back on track with a convincing 2-0 success against Kazakhstan in Almaty – Roy Hodgson's side's second away win in Group A.

Litmanen settler
The Finns were held to a disappointing goalless draw in Armenia on Saturday, but fears that the result had taken the wind out of their sails following an otherwise strong opening to the section were vanquished at the Tcentralny Stadium. Jari Litmanen broke the deadlock before the half-hour and the visitors immediately settled. Sami Hyypiä doubled the lead midway through the second half and Finland eased to victory as their hopes of reaching a first major tournament remain alive.

Frenetic opening
Those aspirations appeared in the balance as Hodgson's men made a tentative start against a Kazakhstan team that had drawn two of their first three games. Arno Pijpers' side were more than a match for the visitors in the early exchanges and Jussi Jääskeläinen had to be alert to deny Dmitriy Byakov on 17 minutes. The Finns, however, were causing danger at the other end with Joonas Kolkka, Litmanen and Mika Väyrynen all coming close in a frantic spell before Litmanen finally broke the hosts' resolve, tapping in Mikael Forssell's cross.

Zhumaskaliyev chance
The goal transformed Finland. Litmanen and Kolkka began to run the Kazakhstan back line ragged although they were unable to work a second and Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev could have equalised on the cusp of half-time but headed wide. It was a let-off for Finland, and Hyypiä subsequently wrapped up the points with a close-range header on 65 minutes as the visitors started to dominate. With eight points from four games, Finland face Armenia on 15 November when Kazakhstan meet Portugal.

Last updated: 30/01/12 9.20CET

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Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Finland

Finland

1
LoriaDavid Loria (GK)
22
JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen (GK)
2
Y. AzovskiyYegor Azovskiy
2
PasanenPetri Pasanen
3
KuchmaAleksandr Kuchma
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
Goal64
4
ZhalmagambetovMaksim Zhalmagambetov
5
TihinenHannu Tihinen
5
SmakovSamat Smakov
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution90
6
TravinAndrei Travin
Substitution82
7
NurmelaMika Nurmela
7
SergienkoEduard Sergienko
Substitution76
9
ForssellMikael Forssell
Substitution72
8
KhokhlovNikita Khokhlov
10
LitmanenJari Litmanen (C)
Goal28
9
ByakovDmitriy Byakov
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
10
BaltievRuslan Baltiev
15
IlolaJari Ilola
11
ZhumaskaliyevNurbol Zhumaskaliyev (C)
Substitution63
19
KallioToni Kallio
Yellow Card25

Substitutes

22
NovikovYuriy Novikov (GK)
1
KavénMikko Kavén (GK)
14
AshirbekovKairat Ashirbekov
Substitution63
16
RiihilahtiAki Riihilahti
Substitution90
16
M. AzovskiyMaksim Azovskiy
Substitution82
18
KuqiShefki Kuqi
Substitution72
17
LarinSergey Larin
Substitution76
14
KuivastoToni Kuivasto
13
KarpovichAndrei Karpovich
17
KopteffPeter Kopteff
15
UtabayevKairat Utabayev
24
SjölundDaniel Sjölund
19
AliyevPeraly Aliyev
28
NymanAri Nyman

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) Roy Hodgson (ENG)

Referee

Athanassios Briakos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Konstantinos Galanos (GRE), Dimitrios Bersis (GRE)

Fourth official

Mechalis Germanakos (GRE)

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