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Sweden confirm top-two place in Finland

Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 20.35CET
Finland 1-2 Sweden
Goals from Sebastian Larsson and Martin Olsson at the start of each half mean that Erik Hamrén's side are certain of finishing in the top two in Group E.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Olympic Stadium
Sweden confirm top-two place in Finland
Sebastian Larsson scores Sweden's opener in Helsinki ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FinlandSweden

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts16
 
12
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
3
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
10
Fouls suffered10
 
11

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 7 October 2011, 20.35CET

Sweden confirm top-two place in Finland

Finland 1-2 Sweden
Goals from Sebastian Larsson and Martin Olsson at the start of each half mean that Erik Hamrén's side are certain of finishing in the top two in Group E.

Sebastian Larsson and Martin Olsson scored a goal in each half as Sweden confirmed a top-two finish in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E with a 2-1 victory in Finland.

Kim Källström picked out Larsson to beat Lukas Hradecky in the Finland goal after just eight minutes to buoy the visitors, and while the goalkeeper was able to save a Zlatan Ibrahimović effort seven minutes after the restart, he could do nothing to prevent Olsson chasing through to finish with the loose ball. Joona Toivio gave Finland some hope with a 73rd-minute reply but it was not enough.

Mixu Paatelainen's side seemed to have made a decent start in Helsinki but Larsson's goal soon took the shine off their performance, and a downpour and heavy winds followed soon afterwards. Finland made the better of the extreme conditions for a while, with Mika Väyrynen and Kasper Hämäläinen both fashioning decent chances, albeit without getting the better of Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson.

The second half was to begin similarly badly for the hosts, though, with Blackburn Rovers FC midfielder Olsson capitalising on that saved Ibrahimović shot. Roman Eremenko's finely-tuned pass then teed up Toivio – who plays his club football in Sweden with Djurgårdens IF – to make it 2-1, and Finland piled on the pressure in the later stages, but Sweden hung on. They play host to the Netherlands in their final Group E game on Tuesday.

Last updated: 08/10/11 12.11CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Sweden

Sweden

1
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
1
IsakssonAndreas Isaksson (GK)
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
2
LustigMikael Lustig
4
ToivioJoona Toivio
Goal73
3
MellbergOlof Mellberg
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution70
4
MajstorovicDaniel Majstorovic
Yellow Card55
7
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
5
M. OlssonMartin Olsson
Goal52
10
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution60
7
S. LarssonSebastian Larsson
Goal8
Substitution68
13
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
Yellow Card45
9
KällströmKim Källström
Substitution87
14
SparvTim Sparv
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović (C)
Yellow Card43
19
RingAlexander Ring
11
ElmanderJohan Elmander
Yellow Card55
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
21
WilhelmssonChristian Wilhelmsson
Substitution54
22
RaitalaJukka Raitala
Yellow Card37
22
ElmRasmus Elm

Substitutes

12
FredriksonOtto Fredrikson (GK)
12
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
8
SjölundDaniel Sjölund
6
BajramiEmir Bajrami
Substitution87
9
ForssellMikael Forssell
Substitution60
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson
Substitution54
11
RiskiRiku Riski
14
HysénTobias Hysén
15
HalstiMarkus Halsti
17
BengtssonPierre Bengtsson
20
FuruholmTimo Furuholm
Substitution70
19
J. OlssonJonas Olsson
23
ArajuuriPaulus Arajuuri
20
ToivonenOla Toivonen
Substitution68

Coach

Mixu Paatelainen (FIN) Erik Hamrén (SWE)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)

Fourth official

Andre Marriner (ENG)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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