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Moldova ease past ten-man Finland

Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.30CET
Moldova 2-0 Finland
The hosts capitalised on the dismissal of Sami Hyypiä to win a competitive game for the first time in almost three years.
by Victor Daghi
from Stadionul Zimbru
Moldova ease past ten-man Finland
Anatolie Doroş (centre) doubled Moldova's lead ©Boris Kharchenko

Match statistics

MoldovaFinland

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts16
 
3
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target9
 
3
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners2
 
5
Offsides9
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed12
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
11

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 3 September 2010, 21.30CET

Moldova ease past ten-man Finland

Moldova 2-0 Finland
The hosts capitalised on the dismissal of Sami Hyypiä to win a competitive game for the first time in almost three years.

Moldova opened their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group E campaign with victory against ten-man Finland – their first competitive success in almost three years.

The key moment of a goalless first half arrived on 36 minutes when Sami Hyypiä was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Viorel Frunza. Moldova immediately took charge though it was not until the midway point of the second half that they broke the deadlock through substitute Alexandru Suvorov. Anatolie Doroş's fortuitous strike 16 minutes from time confirmed the hosts' first competitive win since a November 2007 encounter with Hunagry, their opponents in Budapest on Tuesday.

Frunza signalled Moldova's intentions by heading Vadim Boreţ's cross wide early on before Doroş shot off target from the edge of the area following a defensive lapse. Finland gradually began to assert themselves but any momentum they generated was swiftly halted by Hyypiä's dismissal.

That was cue for the hosts to surge forward, with Igor Ţîgîrlaş – twice – Frunza and Doroş all missing the target from promising positions before Suvorov showed them the way to goal direct from a 69th-minute free-kick. Moldova doubled their lead soon after albeit with a hint of good fortune, Doroş scoring with a long-range effort which shot off the turf and bamboozled goalkeeper Otto Fredrikson.

Last updated: 03/09/10 21.54CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/round=15171/match=2002072/postmatch/report/index.html#moldova+long+wait

Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Finland

Finland

1
St. NamaşcoStanislav Namaşco (GK)
1
FredriksonOtto Fredrikson (GK)
2
SavinovAlexei Savinov
2
PasanenPetri Pasanen
4
BoreţVadim Boreţ
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
5
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
Red Card36
7
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Substitution68
Yellow Card68
7
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
8
CebotaruEugeniu Cebotaru
10
LitmanenJari Litmanen
Substitution46
10
FrunzăViorel Frunză
14
SparvTim Sparv
11
JosanNicolae Josan
Substitution58
16
JohanssonJonatan Johansson
13
BulgaruSemion Bulgaru
17
PorokaraRoni Porokara
Substitution75
14
BordianVitalie Bordian
20
A. EremenkoAleksei Eremenko
15
DoroşAnatolie Doroş
Goal74
Substitution75
23
HeikkinenMarkus Heikkinen

Substitutes

12
MatiughinEugen Matiughin (GK)
12
LehtovaaraJukka Lehtovaara (GK)
3
CojocariAndrei Cojocari
5
LampiVeli Lampi
6
ComleonocVictor Comleonoc
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution75
9
V. AndronicValeriu Andronic
Substitution75
Yellow Card87
9
ForssellMikael Forssell
Substitution81
16
SuvorovAlexandru Suvorov
Substitution58
Goal69
15
SjölundDaniel Sjölund
17
BugaevIgor Bugaev
Substitution68
18
KuqiShefki Kuqi
18
BolohanVadim Bolohan
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Substitution46

Coach

Pele Balint (ROU) Stuart Baxter

Referee

Robert Malek (POL)

Assistant referees

Krzysztof Myrmus (POL), Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)

Fourth official

Pawel Gil (POL)

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