Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 14/10/2008 - 18:00CET (19:00 local time) - Turku Stadium - Turku
2-1
Aggregate: 3-3 Finland win 4-2 on penalties 

Finland - Austria 2-1 - 14/10/2008 - Match page - Under-21 2009

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Austria ousted by Finnish fightback

Published: Wednesday 15 October 2008, 0.47CET
Finland 2-1 Austria (agg: 3-3, aet, Finland win 4-2 on penalties)
The visitors led 3-1 on aggregate with ten minutes left, only for two goals from Finland substitute Jussi Vasara to bring about a remarkable recovery.
by Mikael Erävuori
Austria ousted by Finnish fightback
Finland celebration ©Jussi Eskola/www.palloliitto.fi

Match statistics

FinlandAustria

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Wednesday 15 October 2008, 0.47CET

Austria ousted by Finnish fightback

Finland 2-1 Austria (agg: 3-3, aet, Finland win 4-2 on penalties)
The visitors led 3-1 on aggregate with ten minutes left, only for two goals from Finland substitute Jussi Vasara to bring about a remarkable recovery.

Finland produced a remarkable late comeback to get past Austria on penalties and qualify for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time.

Shoot-out
Markku Kanerva's team were trailing 3-1 on aggregate with ten minutes remaining in Turku, yet still forced extra time thanks to two goals from substitute Jussi Vasara. Goalkeeper Tomi Maanoja then took over as hero in the penalty shoot-out, saving two Austrian attempts as the hosts prevailed by 4-2 on spot-kicks.

Further arrears
With Finland 2-1 behind from last Friday's first leg in Pasching, the last thing they needed was to concede an early goal. That is precisly what happened, however, as Veli Kavlak's precise through ball undid the home defence, allowing Marco Stankovic to round Maanoja and net from a tight angle. Further chances went untaken before the interval, while until the 81st minute, the second half was notable only for a series of Finnish substitutions.

Dramatic recovery
But with time running out, Vasara plundered an equaliser on the night to unsettle Manfred Zsak's side. It was the prelude to more home pressure which culminated, in the 90th minute, in Vasara reacting first to a loose ball to shoot low into the bottom corner. Extra time ensued, but no more goals. Austria's luck was also out in the lottery of penalties, with Finland captain Tim Sparv claiming the first of four successful conversions – and goalkeeper Maanoja doing the rest.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.23CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Austria

Austria

1
MaanojaTomi Maanoja (GK)
1
OlejnikRobert Olejnik (GK)
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
3
DoberAndreas Dober
Substitution91 ET
4
Portin Jonas Portin
Yellow Card57
4
SonnleitnerMario Sonnleitner
5
TurunenTuomo Turunen
20
ErbekHarun Erbek
Yellow Card90+2
Substitution105+3 ET
14
AhoJoni Aho
8
HohenederNiklas Hoheneder
7
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
5
M. ReiterMario Reiter
8
M. HetemajMehmet Hetemaj
Substitution51
6
BaumgartlingerJulian Baumgartlinger
Yellow Card18
6
SparvTim Sparv (C)
Yellow Card60
7
KleinFlorian Klein
17
HakolaJuha Hakola
16
SaurerChristoph Saurer
Substitution75
16
M. OjalaMika Ojala
Substitution46
17
Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
11
ParikkaJarno Parikka
Yellow Card50
Substitution75
10
StankovićMarko Stanković (C)
Goal26

Substitutes

12
JaakkolaAnssi Jaakkola (GK)
21
LukseAndreas Lukse (GK)
2
JalastoVille Jalasto
2
SchickerAndreas Schicker
Substitution105+3 ET
9
FuruholmTimo Furuholm
Substitution46
Yellow Card87
9
SikorskiDaniel Sikorski
10
OtaruNicholas Otaru
11
BukvaHaris Bukva
13
KärkkäinenPyry Kärkkäinen
12
MadlMichael Madl
Substitution75
15
KokkoAleksandr Kokko
Substitution75
14
StanislawMichael Stanislaw
18
VasaraJussi Vasara
Substitution51
Goal81
Goal90
18
BeichlerDaniel Beichler
Substitution91 ET
Yellow Card104 ET

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) Manfred Zsak (AUT)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Marc Douglas (IRL), Damien MacGraith (IRL)

Fourth official

Anthony Buttimer (IRL)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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