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Nurmela puts Finland on top

Published: Wednesday 15 November 2006, 21.45CET
Finland 1-0 Armenia
Undefeated Finland saw off a spirited Armenia to storm to the summit of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group A.

Match statistics

FinlandArmenia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners2
 
6
Fouls committed14
 
9
Yellow cards0
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 15 November 2006, 21.45CET

Nurmela puts Finland on top

Finland 1-0 Armenia
Undefeated Finland saw off a spirited Armenia to storm to the summit of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group A.

Finland saw off a spirited Armenia to claim all three points and storm to the summit of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group A.

Third win
Veteran forward Mika Nurmela nodded the only goal within the opening ten minutes as the hosts rarely broke sweat in sub-zero conditions. The result, unbeaten Finland's third win in five games this campaign, gives Roy Hodgson's men a one-point advantage over second-placed Serbia, while Armenia remain second from bottom with a solitary point from four matches.

Artificial pitch
The only major adaptation either side had to make going into the game - aside from Finland having to cope without injured talisman Jari Litmanen - was the use of an artificial pitch, but there was nothing cosmetic about the gritty style of play. Once the match settled, however, the hosts showed their attacking prowess, Toni Kallio heading narrowly wide and Mika Väyrynen testing Gevorg Kasparov's reactions with a stinging drive from 20 metres.

Nurmela header
In between, Levon Pachajyan managed to call Jussi Jääskeläinen into action at the other end, but Finland stayed on top and made the breakthrough on ten minutes when the 34-year-old Nurmela nodded Jonatan Johansson's chip into the bottom corner. Väyrynen then added his miscued chance to the couple wasted by Alexei Eremenko Jr as the home team chased their second of the evening, though the game was becoming more about strength than style.

Kasparov save
Armenia briefly flirted with the latter when Armen Shahgeldyan went close, but as was generally the case Finland had little trouble dismantling their attacking threat. After the break, shooting from distance came into fashion, Joonas Kolkka and Pachajyan trying their luck from outside the area, but neither goalkeeper had cause to be concerned until Kasparov parried Johansson's close-range effort in the 77th minute.

Last updated: 16/11/06 10.41CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Armenia

Armenia

22
JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen (GK)
1
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
3
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
Substitution46
5
TihinenHannu Tihinen
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution46
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
7
NurmelaMika Nurmela
Goal8
9
MkhitaryanHamlet Mkhitaryan
Substitution74
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
10
ShahgeldyanArmen Shahgeldyan
Yellow Card89
19
KallioToni Kallio
13
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
Yellow Card27
20
A. EremenkoAleksei Eremenko
14
ZebelyanRobert Zebelyan
Yellow Card72
Substitution79
21
JohanssonJonatan Johansson
15
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
Yellow Card26
23
HeikkinenMarkus Heikkinen
17
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
28
NymanAri Nyman
18
Al. TadevosyanAleksandr Tadevosyan
Yellow Card62

Substitutes

12
EnckelmanPeter Enckelman (GK)
12
HambartsumyanArmando Hambartsumyan (GK)
15
IlolaJari Ilola
Substitution46
5
V. AleksanyanValeri Aleksanyan
Substitution46
18
KuqiShefki Kuqi
Substitution88
7
Ara HakobyanAra Hakobyan
Substitution74
14
KuivastoToni Kuivasto
11
Arman KaramyanArman Karamyan
Substitution79
17
KopteffPeter Kopteff
2
MelikyanEgishe Melikyan
25
LagerblomPekka Lagerblom
8
Aram HakobyanAram Hakobyan
26
WissJarkko Wiss
16
TigranyanArmen Tigranyan

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Ian Porterfield (SCO)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Keith Sorbie (SCO), Francis Andrews (SCO)

Fourth official

Kenneth William Clark (SCO)

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