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Finland seek Moldova satisfaction

Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET
Mixu Paatelainen's Finland will look to avenge a defeat against Moldova in their opening UEFA EURO 2012 Group E game, but a finals place looks out of reach for both sides.
Finland seek Moldova satisfaction
Mikael Forssell (left) celebrates a goal for Finland ©Getty Images

Tournament statistics

FinlandMoldova

Goals scored16
 
12
Total attempts132
 
122
Attempts on target60
 
48
Attempts off target48
 
60
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
1
Corners49
 
36
Offsides28
 
31
Yellow cards12
 
9
Red Cards2
 
1
Fouls committed114
 
104
Fouls suffered96
 
136
 
Published: Sunday 31 July 2011, 1.00CET

Finland seek Moldova satisfaction

Mixu Paatelainen's Finland will look to avenge a defeat against Moldova in their opening UEFA EURO 2012 Group E game, but a finals place looks out of reach for both sides.

Finland will look to avenge a defeat against Moldova in their opening UEFA EURO 2012 Group E game, but a finals place looks out of reach for both sides.

• Moldova beat ten-man Finland 2-0 on 3 September last year; Sami Hyypiä was shown a straight red card on 36 minutes for a challenge on Viorel Frunza, with substitute Alexandru Suvorov and Anatolie Doroş scoring after the interval to give the hosts a first competitive win since a November 2007 encounter with Hungary.

• Finland's record in three games against Moldova reads W1 D1 L1 (W1 D0 L0 at home). New Finland coach Mixu Paatalainen scored the winner in Finland's lone victory.

• Their only previous encounters came in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2000, with the first of them, in Helsinki on 5 September 1998, an eventful occasion.

• Joonas Kolkka put Richard Møller-Nielsen's Finland ahead after eight minutes, but Igor Oprea swiftly turned the tables with goals in the tenth and 12th minutes for Ivan Danilianţ's men. Jonatan Johansson then struck just before the break to level and Paatelainen hit what proved to be the winner for Finland on 64 minutes.

• Moldova ended that game with ten men following Ghenadie Pusca's late dismissal.

• The return fixture in Chisinau ended in a 0-0 draw.

• Titleholders from the two nations met in the second qualifying round of the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League, with Moldova's FC Sheriff winning 1-0 home and away against FC International Turku.

Last updated: 03/08/11 19.44CET

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