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Scotland down perfect Finland

Published: Wednesday 26 March 2008, 2.45CET
Scotland 2-1 Finland
Finland's hopes of reaching the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs were dented by a 2-1 defeat in Aberdeen.
Scotland down perfect Finland
Steven Naismith, pictured in Kilmarnock colours, fired Scotland in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ScotlandFinland

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 6: DEN / SVN / LTU / FIN / SCO

PPts
Finland Finland615
Denmark Denmark613
Scotland Scotland510
Slovenia Slovenia64
Lithuania Lithuania71
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Wednesday 26 March 2008, 2.45CET

Scotland down perfect Finland

Scotland 2-1 Finland
Finland's hopes of reaching the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs were dented by a 2-1 defeat in Aberdeen.

Finland's hopes of reaching the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying play-offs were dented by a 2-1 defeat by Scotland in Aberdeen.

Pressure told
The Group 6 leaders fell behind to Steven Naismith's low effort on 29 minutes but equalised eleven minutes later when Kasper Hämäläinen collected the ball on the edge of the area before turning and curling a shot beyond Jamie McDonald. However, just when it looked like Finland would hold on for a point in the face of concerted Scottish pressure, Kevin McDonald drilled the ball past Tomi Maanoja with seven minutes remaining.

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The defeat means Finland lose their 100 per cent record and can be overtaken by second-placed Denmark whom they lead by two points – their next game is in September against Denmark – while Scotland remain third.

Well-worked
Scotland went ahead with a free-kick straight from the training ground. The ball was worked to Jamie Hamill, who in turn fed Naismith, whose low drive from distance took a deflection on its way into the net. However, Scotland's joy was short-lived as Hämäläinen's perfectly placed effort restored parity five minutes before the break.

McDonald strike
After the interval Scotland pressed their opponents back and were rewarded when the impressive Ross McCormack set up the winner seven minutes from time. The goal again came from a set-piece when McCormack's quick thinking found McDonald who fired the ball beyond Maanoja from inside the area.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.51CET

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Lineups

Scotland

Scotland

Finland

Finland

1
McDonaldJamie McDonald (GK)
1
MaanojaTomi Maanoja (GK)
2
CuthbertScott Cuthbert
2
JalastoVille Jalasto
3
WallaceLee Wallace
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
4
HamillJamie Hamill
Yellow Card72
4
Portin Jonas Portin
5
KennethGarry Kenneth
5
TurunenTuomo Turunen (C)
6
ReynoldsMark Reynolds
6
MatroneMarco Matrone
Yellow Card80
7
McCormackRoss McCormack
Yellow Card90+2
7
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Goal40
8
McDonaldKevin McDonald
Goal82
8
OtaruNicholas Otaru
Substitution84
9
CampbellRoss Campbell
Substitution55
9
SadikBerat Sadik
10
ArfieldScott Arfield
Substitution71
13
KärkkäinenPyry Kärkkäinen
11
S. NaismithSteven Naismith (C)
Goal29
Yellow Card90+1
16
ÄijäläIlari Äijälä

Substitutes

12
SmithChristopher Smith (GK)
12
JaakkolaAnssi Jaakkola (GK)
13
McCannKevin McCann
18
ViljanenPetri Viljanen
14
ConsidineAndrew Considine
10
TurunenTeemu Turunen
15
ConroyRyan Conroy
11
ParikkaJarno Parikka
Substitution84
16
McArthurJames McArthur
14
AhoJoni Aho
17
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
Substitution71
15
HakolaJuha Hakola
18
DorransGraham Dorrans
Substitution55
17
PuustinenJami Puustinen

Coach

Billy Stark (SCO) Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović Jr. (CRO)

Assistant referees

Igor Krmar (CRO), Dalibor Conjar (CRO)

Fourth official

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

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