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Sparv strikes again for Finland

Published: Wednesday 17 October 2007, 2.45CET
Lithuania 0-1 Finland
Tim Sparv's early goal enabled the visitors to open up a five-point gap atop UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6.
Published: Wednesday 17 October 2007, 2.45CET

Sparv strikes again for Finland

Lithuania 0-1 Finland
Tim Sparv's early goal enabled the visitors to open up a five-point gap atop UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6.

Tim Sparv's early goal earned Finland a fourth straight win against Lithuania to open up a five-point gap atop UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 6.

Contrasting fortunes
The sides went into the game at opposite ends of the table but Sparv's fourth-minute strike turned out to be the only difference on the night. The Halmstads BK striker, who also scored the only goal of the game against Slovenia on Saturday, made the most of some poor marking by the Lithuanian defence to score what proved to be the winning goal. Lithuania had chances to level after half-time but Marius Činikas spurned their best opportunity by shooting straight at the goalkeeper. Finland now have a maximum 12 points, five clear of second-placed Denmark ahead of their home game against Lithuania on 21 November. The visitors, who have a solitary point from five outings, meet Denmark five days prior to that rematch.

Last updated: 27/03/13 7.13CET

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Lineups

Lithuania

Lithuania

Finland

Finland

6
ArlauskisDavydas Arlauskis
7
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
8
M. HetemajMehmet Hetemaj
7
BanysŽilvinas Banys
Yellow Card31
Substitution65
12
JaakkolaAnssi Jaakkola (GK)
2
ČinikasMarius Činikas
Yellow Card29
2
JalastoVille Jalasto
3
FreidgeimasGeorgas Freidgeimas
15
M. OjalaMika Ojala
Substitution54
9
GalkevičiusDominykas Galkevičius (C)
Substitution76
18
ParikkaJarno Parikka
Substitution69
5
GnedojusKazimieras Gnedojus
Yellow Card34
4
Portin Jonas Portin
10
LeliugaRytis Leliuga
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
4
PadaigisDeividas Padaigis
6
SparvTim Sparv (C)
Goal4
8
UrbsusAndrius Urbsus
5
TurunenTuomo Turunen
11
GrigaitisEvaldas Grigaitis
11
TurunenTeemu Turunen
Substitution80

Substitutes

12
KauneckasTadas Kauneckas (GK)
14
AhoJoni Aho
16
KerysArturas Kerys
Substitution65
13
KärkkäinenPyry Kärkkäinen
Substitution80
18
LukoševiciusMindaugas Lukoševicius
1
MaanojaTomi Maanoja (GK)
17
PalionisMarrus Palionis
17
PuustinenJami Puustinen
Substitution69
Yellow Card78
14
VėževičiusRobertas Vėževičius
Substitution76
9
SadikBerat Sadik
13
GrazysDeividas Grazys
10
WikmanRobin Wikman
15
TamasauskasDarius Tamasauskas
16
P. HetemajPerparim Hetemaj
Substitution54

Coach

Igoris Pankratjevas (LVA) Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Anthony Buttimer (IRL)

Assistant referees

Marc Douglas (IRL), David Wogan (IRL)

Fourth official

Patrick Whelan (IRL)

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