Saviniemi Football Stadium - Kouvola 01/06/2014 - 17:30CET (18:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group 1

Finland - Moldova
1-0
 

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Finland ramp up the pressure on Moldova

Published: Sunday 1 June 2014, 20.21CET
Finland 1-0 Moldova
Dani Hatakka struck shortly after half-time as the hosts trimmed the gap to their second-placed guests to just a point in Group 1.
by Mikael Evaruori
from Saviniemi Football Stadium
Finland ramp up the pressure on Moldova
Jesse Joronen denies Moldova's Gheorghe Anton from the penalty spot ©Football Association of Finland
 

Match statistics

Finland
Moldova

1

Goals scored

0

16

Total attempts

11

3

on target

7

7

off target

4

6

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

1

9

Corners

8

0

Offsides

2

3

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

17

Fouls committed

16

15

Fouls suffered

16

Lineups

Finland

Finland

Moldova

Moldova

1Joronen (GK) (C)1Koşelev (GK)
3Hatakka
55
2Prodan
65
5Rexhepi
50
3Focşa (C)
6Brechtel4Gheorghiu
7Kamara5Bologan
76
9Väyrynen
22
6V. Jardan
10Lod
90+1
7Spătaru
38
57
11Alho8Raţa
15Väisänen9Anton
51
17Klinga
71
10Carp
20Skrabb
81
90+3
13Dima
79

Substitutes

23Virtanen (GK)23Buga (GK)
2Hertsi11Milinceanu
57
8Paananen14Mîrza
65
14Mero16Cociuc
16Hradecky
71
17Matei
19Anyamele
22
18Graur
79
22Soiri
90+3
19Tiron

Coaches

Tommi Kautonen (FIN) Alexandr Kurteyan (MDA)

Referee

Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Standings

  
Published: Sunday 1 June 2014, 20.21CET

Finland ramp up the pressure on Moldova

Finland 1-0 Moldova
Dani Hatakka struck shortly after half-time as the hosts trimmed the gap to their second-placed guests to just a point in Group 1.

Finland closed within a point of second-placed Moldova in qualifying Group 1 for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship after Dani Hatakka's 55th-minute effort separated the sides in Kouvola.

Hosts Finland knew victory was essential to boost their hopes of finishing runners-up and potentially securing a play-off berth, but it took until the second period for the game to burst into life. Jesse Joronen denied Moldova's Gheorghe Anton from the penalty spot shortly after the restart and Hatakka promptly punished the visitors for that lapse with the only goal of the game.

The best chance of a quiet first half fell to Finland's Lum Rexhepi, who headed powerfully towards goal from a corner only for Alexei Koşelev to save well. It was Joronen who excelled himself with 50 minutes gone, though, saving Anton's penalty after Rexhepi had committed a foul in the area.

Given a reprieve, Tommi Kautonen's charges made the most when Hatakka rose highest from a Simon Skrabb corner to nod in from close range. However, Moldova sought a quick response at the other end, and Joronen had to snatch the ball away from the feet of substitute Nicolae Milinceanu to secure Finland the points – and also guarantee a spot in the play-offs for section leaders England.

"It was a good win against a strong team," said Kautonen. "It was very positive that we could create so many scoring chances against a physically strong Moldova defence. Of course there were still things we could do better – we did not find space behind Moldova's defence and we could not adjust properly to the changes Moldova made in the second half. All in all, I'm pleased nevertheless."

Last updated: 02/06/14 17.00CET

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