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Hetemaj gives Finland a lifeline

Published: Saturday 11 October 2008
Austria 2-1 Finland
Austria struck twice early on in Pasching, but Perparim Hetemaj's away goal gives Finland plenty of hope ahead of the second leg of their play-off.
by Harald Saller
Hetemaj gives Finland a lifeline
Finland are looking to reach their first UEFA European Under-21 Championship ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AustriaFinland

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Saturday 11 October 2008

Hetemaj gives Finland a lifeline

Austria 2-1 Finland
Austria struck twice early on in Pasching, but Perparim Hetemaj's away goal gives Finland plenty of hope ahead of the second leg of their play-off.

Goals from Christoph Saurer and Florian Klein gave Austria a narrow lead in their play-off against Finland for a place in the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, but Perparim Hetemaj's crucial away goal leaves the visiting side with plenty of hope ahead of the second leg in Turku on Tuesday.

Great start
Austria got off to a brilliant start at the Waldstadion and went ahead with ten minutes played when Saurer headed in Veli Kavlak's cross. Three minutes later, Saurer's LASK Linz team-mate Klein pounced on an error in the Finnish defence and drove the ball into the left corner to make it 2-0. Austria were dominant and moments later Saurer came close with a shot that flew narrowly over the crossbar.

Confidence
With confidence flowing Austria pushed forward and forced Finland into a number of errors, their pressing resulting in further chances for Manfred Zsak's side. In the 24th minute Marco Stankovic left his marker Ville Jalasto standing but his effort failed to test Finland keeper Tomi Maanoja and both Niklas Hoheneder and Klein missed further opportunities to increase Austria's advantage before the break.

Finland hit back
The second half picked up where the first had left off. Rubin Okotie was thwarted by Maanoja after a strong solo run in the 52nd minute as Austria looked for more. Surprisingly, though, the next goal went Finland's way, with Markku Kanerva's men grabbing a lifeline in the 63rd minute with their first real attempt on goal. Totally unchallenged, Perparim Hetemaj was given time and space to curl the ball around home keeper Robert Olejnik from 18 metres to reduce the deficit. The tempo remained high until the end but there were no more goals, leaving the tie evening poised ahead of the second leg in Turku on 14 October.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.24CET

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Lineups

Austria

Austria

Finland

Finland

1
OlejnikRobert Olejnik (GK)
1
MaanojaTomi Maanoja (GK)
15
SchiemerFranz Schiemer (C)
Yellow Card71
2
JalastoVille Jalasto
Substitution46
12
MadlMichael Madl
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
8
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
4
Portin Jonas Portin
20
ErbekHarun Erbek
Yellow Card26
5
TurunenTuomo Turunen
7
KleinFlorian Klein
Goal13
6
SparvTim Sparv (C)
6
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
7
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
16
SaurerChristoph Saurer
Goal10
Substitution69
16
P. HetemajPerparim Hetemaj
Yellow Card52
Goal63
17
Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
Substitution90+1
8
M. HetemajMehmet Hetemaj
19
OkotieRubin Okotie
Yellow Card11
Substitution79
11
ParikkaJarno Parikka
Substitution79
10
StankovićMarko Stanković
10
PetrescuTomi Petrescu
Yellow Card55
Substitution58

Substitutes

21
LukseAndreas Lukse (GK)
12
JaakkolaAnssi Jaakkola (GK)
2
SchickerAndreas Schicker
9
FuruholmTimo Furuholm
4
SonnleitnerMario Sonnleitner
13
KärkkäinenPyry Kärkkäinen
5
M. ReiterMario Reiter
Substitution69
14
AhoJoni Aho
Substitution46
14
StanislawMichael Stanislaw
15
KokkoAleksandr Kokko
Substitution58
Yellow Card65
11
BukvaHaris Bukva
Substitution90+1
17
HakolaJuha Hakola
Substitution79
9
SikorskiDaniel Sikorski
Substitution79
18
M. OjalaMika Ojala

Coach

Manfred Zsak (AUT) Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Marjan Kirovski (MKD), Ljubomir Krstevski (MKD)

Fourth official

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)

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