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Pieters piles on the pain for Finland

Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 18.45CET
Finland 0-1 Netherlands
Erik Pieters scored the only goal as the Jong Oranje completed back-to-back wins over Finland to maintain their perfect start.
by Mikael Erävuori
Pieters piles on the pain for Finland
Erik Pieters in action for the Netherlands ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 9 October 2009, 18.45CET

Pieters piles on the pain for Finland

Finland 0-1 Netherlands
Erik Pieters scored the only goal as the Jong Oranje completed back-to-back wins over Finland to maintain their perfect start.

Erik Pieters scored the only goal as the Netherlands completed back-to-back wins over Finland to maintain their perfect start after two Group 4 matches in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Finland struggle
The Netherlands had beaten Finland in Emmen last month and PSV Eindhoven defender Pieters' solitary strike on 24 minutes was enough to defeat them again as the hosts fell to a third successive defeat. Finland qualified for the finals for the first time last summer but are yet to pick up a point in qualifying this time around and look hard pressed to repeat that feat in a group also including Spain and Poland.

Pieters scores
In contrast, the Netherlands – back-to-back winners of the competition in 2006 and 2007 – are finding their stride under new coach Cor Pot and despite creating few chances, took the one that mattered. Midway through the first half the home side were unable to deal with Diego Biseswar's corner from the left and Dutch captain Pieters stole in to finish from close range.

Krul saves
The Jong Oranje continued to dominate the first half and forced Markku Kanerva into changes at the break, which brought a positive response from his players. They took the initiative and created a number of openings, the best of which fell to centre-back Paulus Arajuuri late on, only for his impressive overhead kick to be well saved by Tim Krul in the Dutch goal.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.09CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
1
KrulTim Krul (GK)
2
NikkariVille Nikkari
2
JanmaatDaryl Janmaat
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
3
Van EijdenRens van Eijden
4
ToivioJoona Toivio (C)
4
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
5
ArajuuriPaulus Arajuuri
5
PietersErik Pieters (C)
Goal24
6
KaukoJoni Kauko
Substitution46
6
FerLeroy Fer
Substitution83
7
MannströmSebastian Mannström
7
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum
Yellow Card66
8
KolehmainenToni Kolehmainen
8
StrootmanKevin Strootman
Substitution75
10
RiskiRiku Riski
9
Van WolfswinkelRicky van Wolfswinkel
Yellow Card60
Substitution79
18
M. OjalaMika Ojala
Substitution61
10
S. De JongSiem de Jong
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution80
11
BiseswarDiego Biseswar

Substitutes

12
TuomiJuha Tuomi (GK)
16
PadtSergio Padt (GK)
9
HjelmJonne Hjelm
Substitution46
12
Van der MaarelMark van der Maarel
11
PelvasAkseli Pelvas
Substitution61
13
KuiperNicky Kuiper
13
AaltoHenri Aalto
14
AnitaVurnon Anita
Substitution75
14
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
15
BlindDaley Blind
15
JoenmäkiMarkus Joenmäki
17
DonaldMitchell Donald
Substitution83
17
KangaskolkkaAleksei Kangaskolkka
Substitution80
18
BaraziteNacer Barazite
Substitution79

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) Cor Pot (NED)

Referee

David Mckeon (IRL)

Assistant referees

Martin Moloney (IRL), David Wogan (IRL)

Fourth official

Damien Hancock (IRL)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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