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Finland surge secures third place

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.46CET
Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein
Akseli Pelvas, Teemu Pukki and Riku Riski were all on target in Helsinki as  Finland secured third place in Group 4 ahead of Poland.
by Mikael Eravuori
from Helsinki Football Stadium
Finland surge secures third place
Finland triumphed at the Helsinki Football Stadium ©Jussi Eskola
Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 19.46CET

Finland surge secures third place

Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein
Akseli Pelvas, Teemu Pukki and Riku Riski were all on target in Helsinki as  Finland secured third place in Group 4 ahead of Poland.

Finland secured third place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 4 with a win that means Liechtenstein's campaign ends without a point.

At kick-off Finland were two points behind Poland, having narrowed the gap against their nearest rivals with a 2-0 win on Friday. And goals from Akseli Pelvas, Teemu Pukki and Riku Riski, combined with Poland's 1-0 loss to Spain, ensured Finland ended in the top three having picked up more points in the last four days than their previous six games combined.

"Our aim was to claim third place and we did that," said Finland coach Markku Kanerva. "I'm satisfied with our performance this autumn: wins against Poland and Liechtenstein and a draw against Spain. Today it was a little bit difficult but we controlled the game, claimed a good win and  got to watch some new players in action."

Pelvas pounced to give Finland the lead when a Sebastian Mannström corner was not cleared on 21 minutes and later in the half captain Joona Toivio's long-range effort was parried by Benjamin Büchel and tapped in by Pukki. Just past the hour Pelvas found Riski in the box and his shot deflected out of the reach of the stranded Büchel, leaving Liechtenstein still searching for their first point in a main U21 qualifying round group following their maiden campaign.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.40CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein

1
ReponenEemeli Reponen (GK)
1
B. BüchelBenjamin Büchel (GK)
2
NikkariVille Nikkari
Substitution46
2
YildizSeyhan Yildiz
3
RaitalaJukka Raitala
3
O. SpaltOliver Spalt
5
ToivioJoona Toivio (C)
5
GürOlcay Gür
6
KaukoJoni Kauko
Yellow Card66
6
D. SpaltDominic Spalt
Yellow Card53
7
MannströmSebastian Mannström
Substitution77
7
SprengerPius Sprenger
Yellow Card7
8
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
8
ChristenAndreas Christen (C)
10
RiskiRiku Riski
Goal61
9
PirkerSimon Pirker
Substitution81
11
PelvasAkseli Pelvas
Goal21
Substitution62
10
QuintansIvan Quintans
15
OjalaJuhani Ojala
11
ErisBurak Eris
Substitution83
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Goal37
16
BeckClaudio Beck
Substitution76

Substitutes

12
TuomiJuha Tuomi (GK)
12
CaluoriDario Caluori (GK)
4
TanskaJani Tanska
13
DuelliChristoph Duelli
Substitution81
9
HjelmJonne Hjelm
14
ÜnlüYasin Ünlü
Substitution76
14
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
Substitution46
15
ÜnlüTolgahan Ünlü
16
WestöJohannes Westö
Substitution62
17
WolfingerSandro Wolfinger
Substitution83
17
KangaskolkkaAleksei Kangaskolkka
Substitution77
18
M. OjalaMika Ojala

Coach

Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN) René Pauritsch (AUT)

Referee

Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Assistant referees

Haralds Gudermanis (LVA), Janis Pukijans (LVA)

Fourth official

Andris Treimanis (LVA)

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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