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Clinical Germany end Finland hopes

Published: Friday 19 June 2009, 0.30CET
Germany 2-0 Finland
Two goals in three second-half minutes earned Germany victory in Halmstad and ended the title ambitions of a valiant Finland team.
by John Atkin
from Örjans vall

Match statistics

GermanyFinland

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners7
 
4
Fouls committed17
 
14
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B(Host country: Sweden)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
England England22004136
Germany Germany21102024
Spain Spain201102-21
Finland Finland200214-30
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Friday 19 June 2009, 0.30CET

Clinical Germany end Finland hopes

Germany 2-0 Finland
Two goals in three second-half minutes earned Germany victory in Halmstad and ended the title ambitions of a valiant Finland team.

Germany struck twice in three second-half minutes to claim the points in Group B, but they endured a stern test from a valiant Finland side whose UEFA European Under-21 Championship ambitions are over.

High spirits
Confidence abounded in the Germany camp in the lead-up to this encounter, but even the most self-assured of players would have struggled to keep that intact as Finland dominated the first half. Coach Horst Hrubesch made early changes, bringing on Patrick Ebert and Änis Ben-Hatira, though it was Mesut Özil who swung the game in Germany's favour as he teed up goals for Benedikt Höwedes and Ashkan Dejegah. There was no way back for Finland, so strong until then, and Markku Kanerva's side will go into their final game against Spain with only pride at stake. For Germany, a point from their meeting with England will earn them a semi-final place.

Out of the blocks
Finland had made a bright start against England and it was more of the same on their return to Halmstad with Kasper Hämäläinen, pushed into a more central role, providing another dimension to the Finnish attack. The 22-year-old's father Heikki was national 400m athletics champion in 1979 and it was a blistering turn of pace from the youngster that provided the game's first real opening as he forced a corner from a fairly innocuous wide position. Neither Jonas Portin nor Berat Sadik could get enough purchase on Hämäläinen's first set-piece; not something Jukka Raitala could be accused of when the resulting corner dropped into his path, Manuel Neuer beating the left-back's fierce long-range effort clear.

Germany profligacy
It brought only temporary respite. Hrubesch admitted he had "not even considered a draw" before the game, but he may have taken it at half-time with his charges unable to find any rhythm. Not that they were without chances, especially on the counterattack. But what little possession they had was invariably wasted. Showing no signs of the back injury that had made him doubtful for this game, Özil was often the guilty party – though Gonzalo Castro was hardly exempt – no more so than just before the half-hour. Jerome Boateng blocked Tim Sparv's shot and suddenly Germany had a four-on-two deep inside the Finland half; somehow Özil picked out one of the two.

Double blow
It was not until eight minutes after the restart that Finland No1 Anssi Jaakkola was finally tested when Marcel Schmelzer – playing in place of the injured Sebastian Boenisch – tried his luck from distance. The goalkeeper could do nothing about the next two efforts on his goal, however. Just before the hour a Portin foul on the right gave Özil the opportunity to make amends for his earlier wastefulness and he gleefully took it, swinging in a fine free-kick for Höwedes to head in powerfully. And then, with Finland reeling, the killer blow. Sami Khedira broke with pace, sliding the ball through to Özil who made no mistake with a numerical advantage this time, freeing Dejegah for a simple tap-in. Substitute Teemu Pukki, Perparim Hetemaj and Raitala all tried to drag Finland back into the game thereafter but the damage was done.

Last updated: 27/09/14 5.27CET

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Lineups

Germany

Germany

Finland

Finland

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
JaakkolaAnssi Jaakkola (GK)
2
BeckAndreas Beck
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
Goal59
4
Portin Jonas Portin
5
BoatengJérôme Boateng
5
TurunenTuomo Turunen
6
AogoDennis Aogo
Substitution46
6
SparvTim Sparv (C)
8
KhediraSami Khedira (C)
7
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Substitution75
9
DejagahAshkan Dejagah
Goal61
8
M. HetemajMehmet Hetemaj
Substitution81
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Yellow Card49
Substitution85
9
SadikBerat Sadik
11
MarinMarko Marin
Yellow Card42
Substitution58
14
AhoJoni Aho
20
CastroGonzalo Castro
16
P. HetemajPerparim Hetemaj
21
SchmelzerMarcel Schmelzer
Yellow Card57
18
VasaraJussi Vasara
Substitution64

Substitutes

12
FromlowitzFlorian Fromlowitz (GK)
12
MasalinJon Masalin (GK)
23
SippelTobias Sippel (GK)
23
LehtovaaraJukka Lehtovaara (GK)
7
EbertPatrick Ebert
Substitution46
Yellow Card51
2
JalastoVille Jalasto
13
WagnerSandro Wagner
Substitution85
10
OtaruNicholas Otaru
Substitution75
14
JohnsonFabian Johnson
11
ParikkaJarno Parikka
15
HummelsMats Hummels
13
KärkkäinenPyry Kärkkäinen
16
SchwaabDaniel Schwaab
15
ÄijäläIlari Äijälä
17
GroteDennis Grote
17
HakolaJuha Hakola
18
AdlungDaniel Adlung
19
KokkoAleksandr Kokko
Substitution81
Yellow Card81
19
Ben-HatiraÄnis Ben-Hatira
Substitution58
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution64
22
EdeChinedu Ede
21
ViljanenPetri Viljanen
22
ToivioJoona Toivio

Coach

Horst Hrubesch (GER) Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jaanus Mutli (EST), Joël De Bruyn (BEL)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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