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Victorious Finland earn play-off spot

Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 22.41CET
Finland 2-1 Denmark
Finland survived a late surge in Turku to hold on for a win which booked their place in the play-offs for the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Turku
Victorious Finland earn play-off spot
Finland celebrate reaching the play-offs ©Jussi Eskola/www.palloliitto.fi
Published: Friday 5 September 2008, 22.41CET

Victorious Finland earn play-off spot

Finland 2-1 Denmark
Finland survived a late surge in Turku to hold on for a win which booked their place in the play-offs for the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship.

Finland are assured of a place in the play-offs for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship after surviving a late surge to beat Denmark 2-1 in Turku.

Point needed
Finland won their opening five matches in Group 6 before losing 2-1 to Scotland last time out. The Scots briefly usurped their rivals at the top of the section by defeating Slovenia last night, only for the Scandinavians to re-establish their two-point advantage with this triumph, leaving them needing a point in Slovenia to win the section on Tuesday. Scotland also complete their fixtures in four days' time, when they travel to Denmark looking to secure one of the play-off spots available to the four best runners-up.

Party atmosphere
It took the home side 32 minutes to make their dominance pay at the Veritas Stadium, Mehmet Hetemaj scoring with a powerful finish after being teed up by Juha Hakola. The second goal arrived two minutes into the second half, Tomi Petrescu making no mistake after intercepting a poor pass from a Denmark player. Magnus Troest headed past Tomi Maanoja in the 80th minute to give the visitors hope, but they could not find another as the Finnish party began.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.28CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Denmark

Denmark

17
HakolaJuha Hakola
Substitution86
6
ChristensenSøren Christensen
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution58
7
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
8
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
8
M. HetemajMehmet Hetemaj
Goal32
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen (C)
2
JalastoVille Jalasto
7
MikkelsenTobias Mikkelsen
Yellow Card49
1
MaanojaTomi Maanoja (GK)
1
SchmeichelKasper Schmeichel (GK)
Yellow Card75
10
PetrescuTomi Petrescu
Goal47
Substitution71
4
TroestMagnus Troest
Goal79
4
Portin Jonas Portin
9
PedersenNicklas Pedersen
Substitution58
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
Yellow Card75
10
SchøneLasse Schøne
Yellow Card48
9
SadikBerat Sadik
Yellow Card60
Substitution63
11
RieksSøren Rieks
6
SparvTim Sparv (C)
3
JørgensenMathias Jørgensen
5
TurunenTuomo Turunen
5
LumbMichael Lumb
Substitution70

Substitutes

14
AhoJoni Aho
16
HeinzeLasse Heinze (GK)
18
GustafssonJermu Gustafsson
13
JohansenTimmi Johansen
12
JaakkolaAnssi Jaakkola (GK)
14
StormBo Storm
13
KärkkäinenPyry Kärkkäinen
Substitution86
18
UlrikVestergaard Ulrik
16
M. OjalaMika Ojala
Substitution71
15
JensenMike Jensen
Substitution58
11
ParikkaJarno Parikka
Substitution63
17
LangeJesper Lange
Substitution58
15
KokkoAleksandr Kokko
12
ReidWinston Reid
Substitution70

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) Keld Bordinggaard (DEN)

Referee

Olivier Thual (FRA)

Assistant referees

Christophe Capelli (FRA), Philippe Tugdual (FRA)

Fourth official

Alexandre Castro (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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