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Finland and Malta draw blank in qualifying opener

Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 20.08CET
Finland 0-0 Malta
The hosts were on top throughout without being able to make the breakthrough as the teams started qualifying Group 2 with a point.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Tehtaan Kenttä
Finland and Malta draw blank in qualifying opener
Finland were the more likely scorers in Valkeakoski ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FinlandMalta

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners8
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Friday 3 June 2011, 20.08CET

Finland and Malta draw blank in qualifying opener

Finland 0-0 Malta
The hosts were on top throughout without being able to make the breakthrough as the teams started qualifying Group 2 with a point.

Finland and Malta started their 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaigns with a goalless draw in Valkeakoski.

In a Group 2 match where the visitors afforded their opponents precious little space, particularly in defence, Teemu Pukki was first to threaten for Finland with a shot from distance which narrowly cleared the crossbar.

The only save of note from either goalkeeper arrived with 20 minutes remaining when Malta's Steve Sultana kept out Petteri Forsell's fierce effort, although Lauri Dalla Valle then headed wide from Forsell's corner.

Malta visit Lithuania on Tuesday while Finland are not next in action until 10 August, when they welcome Slovenia.

Last updated: 27/03/13 4.20CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Malta

Malta

12
JoronenJesse Joronen (GK)
1
SultanaSteve Sultana (GK)
Yellow Card90
2
ToivomäkiHenri Toivomäki
Substitution66
4
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
3
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
5
BugejaOwen Bugeja
Yellow Card61
4
MäntyläTero Mäntylä
6
R. MuscatRowen Muscat (C)
6
KaukoJoni Kauko (C)
Yellow Card90+2
7
L. GrechLeighton Grech
Substitution86
10
PennanenPetteri Pennanen
8
VellaTerence Vella
11
LähdeJuho Lähde
Substitution57
10
CiantarMiguel Ciantar
Substitution51
17
LahtiTimi Lahti
13
CamilleriYessous Camilleri
18
ForsellPetteri Forsell
Substitution80
14
C. BorgClyde Borg
Yellow Card55
19
Dalla ValleLauri Dalla Valle
16
GauciMatthew Gauci
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
17
CaruanaTristan Caruana
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
SahlgrenSaku-Pekka Sahlgren (GK)
12
ParnisAdrian Parnis (GK)
5
MorenValtteri Moren
2
CassarClevean Cassar
7
SimpanenJuuso Simpanen
3
MartinelliLuca Martinelli
Substitution86
9
RiskiRoope Riski
Substitution57
Yellow Card89
9
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
Substitution51
14
AbdulahiDenis Abdulahi
Substitution80
11
XerriJonathan Xerri
15
RannankariTuomas Rannankari
15
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
Substitution46
16
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
Substitution66
18
FarrugiaKane Farrugia

Coach

Mika Laurikainen (FIN) Raymond Farrugia (MLT)

Referee

Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

Assistant referees

Dmitri Zhuk (BLR), Vitali Malyutin (BLR)

Fourth official

Valeri Velichko (BLR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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