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Finland find a way past ten-man Malta

Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 18.30CET
Malta 1-2 Finland
First-half goals from Lauri Dalla Valle and Roope Riski earned the visitors victory, with Terence Vella scoring for ten-man Malta late on.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Hibernians Ground
Finland find a way past ten-man Malta
Lauri Dalla Valle celebrates after opening the scoring against Malta ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Tuesday 6 September 2011, 18.30CET

Finland find a way past ten-man Malta

Malta 1-2 Finland
First-half goals from Lauri Dalla Valle and Roope Riski earned the visitors victory, with Terence Vella scoring for ten-man Malta late on.

First-half strikes from Lauri Dalla Valle and Roope Riski earned Finland their second victory in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2 against ten-man Malta.

Dalle Valle opened the scoring for the visitors on ten minutes and Riski doubled the advantage a minute before the break. Malta, reduced to ten men 11 minutes into the second half, set up a tense finale when Terence Vella lifted the ball over Saku-Pekka Sahlgren but Mika Laurikainen's side held on for the win.

Finland started the better of the two sides and took the lead when Rasmus Schüller found Dalla Valle who scored his second in as many matches to give the visitors the lead. Malta's best chance of the first half fell to Bjorn Kristensen but his effort was well saved by Sahlgren.

The home side, who made a promising start to qualifying with four ponts from three games before tonight, were reduced to ten men when Mark Scerri received a straight red card for a challenge on Schüller but Finland failed to make the most of their numerical advantage. Indeed it was Malta who got themselves back into the match courtesy of Vella's fine effort ten minutes from time. Mika Laurikainen's charges held on, though, and remain unbeaten in Group 2.

Malta host Ukraine in their next qualifying match on 7 October while Finland play Sweden three days later.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.22CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Finland

Finland

12
BalzanDaniel Balzan (GK)
1
SahlgrenSaku-Pekka Sahlgren (GK)
4
Z. MuscatZach Muscat
3
SumusaloMikko Sumusalo
Yellow Card39
5
BugejaOwen Bugeja
Substitution46
4
MäntyläTero Mäntylä (C)
Yellow Card34
6
R. MuscatRowen Muscat (C)
Substitution24
8
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
Substitution62
7
L. GrechLeighton Grech
Yellow Card23
9
RiskiRoope Riski
Goal44
Yellow Card47
Substitution81
8
ScerriMark Scerri
Red Card55
10
PennanenPetteri Pennanen
Yellow Card90+1
9
VellaTerence Vella
Goal80
14
AbdulahiDenis Abdulahi
13
CamilleriYessous Camilleri
15
RannankariTuomas Rannankari
Substitution62
15
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
Yellow Card82
17
LahtiTimi Lahti
16
GauciMatthew Gauci
Yellow Card51
19
Dalla ValleLauri Dalla Valle
Goal10
23
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
Substitution68
20
ForsellPetteri Forsell

Substitutes

1
SultanaSteve Sultana (GK)
12
ViitalaWalter Viitala (GK)
3
MartinelliLuca Martinelli
5
HeikkiläTapio Heikkilä
Substitution62
10
CiantarMiguel Ciantar
Substitution68
7
Cataxo TammilehtoDuarte Cataxo Tammilehto
Substitution62
11
J. FarrugiaJean Paul Farrugia
Substitution46
11
LähdeJuho Lähde
Substitution81
14
C. BorgClyde Borg
16
HoivalaAtte Hoivala
17
CaruanaTristan Caruana
Substitution24
18
LehtonenJuho Lehtonen
19
I. GrechIsmael Grech

Coach

Raymond Farrugia (MLT) Mika Laurikainen (FIN)

Referee

Neil Doyle (IRL)

Assistant referees

Ciaran Delaney (IRL), Allen Lynch (IRL)

Fourth official

Tomas Connolly (IRL)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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