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Finland require victory against Hungary

Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 1.30CET
Having started their qualifying campaign with successive defeats, Finland welcome Hungary to Helsinki in desperate need of points to stay in touch with the Group E pacesetters.
Finland require victory against Hungary
Finland were beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands in their last qualifier ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

FinlandHungary

Goals scored16
 
22
Total attempts132
 
136
Attempts on target60
 
56
Attempts off target48
 
53
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners49
 
49
Offsides28
 
31
Yellow cards12
 
21
Red Cards2
 
0
Fouls committed114
 
146
Fouls suffered96
 
110
 
Published: Tuesday 14 September 2010, 1.30CET

Finland require victory against Hungary

Having started their qualifying campaign with successive defeats, Finland welcome Hungary to Helsinki in desperate need of points to stay in touch with the Group E pacesetters.

Hungary have secured some substantial victories in Helsinki in years gone by but they will travel to face UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E rivals Finland still looking for a first competitive win in their opponents' capital.

Match background
• Finland's record in 11 games against Hungary reads W1 D2 L8 (W1 D1 L4 at home).

• The nations first met in a friendly in Helsinki on 13 July 1922, when the visitors emerged 5-1 winners. That set the tone for the next half a century of friendly fixtures, with Hungary beating Finland 3-1 (1923) and 8-0 (1951) in Budapest, and registering 3-0 (1943), 6-1 (1952) and 9-1 (1955) successes in Helsinki.

• In terms of competitive encounters, however, the sides have been much more evenly matched. Indeed, Finland beat Hungary 2-1 when they first met in formal circumstances, taking the points in a 20 September 1978 UEFA European Championship qualifier in Helsinki.

• Hungary won the return encounter 3-1 and then prevailed 1-0 at home when the teams met again in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying. They were nonetheless held to a 1-1 draw in the corresponding fixture in Helsinki on 11 October 1997, Vilmos Sebők replying in added time after Antti Sumiala had put the hosts ahead.

• The section rivals also contested a draw when they last crossed paths, playing out a goalless stalemate in Budapest on 25 April 2001.

Last updated: 21/09/10 20.15CET

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