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Finland sweep aside San Marino

Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 20.48CET
Finland 5-0 San Marino
Tommi Kautonen's side claimed second place in Group 1 with an emphatic victory in Mariehamn, but still bow out of the competition.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Wiklöf Holding Arena
Finland sweep aside San Marino
Thomas Lam scored Finland's final goal against San Marino ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 9 September 2014, 20.48CET

Finland sweep aside San Marino

Finland 5-0 San Marino
Tommi Kautonen's side claimed second place in Group 1 with an emphatic victory in Mariehamn, but still bow out of the competition.

Finland claimed second place in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 with an emphatic defeat of San Marino – but still bow out of the competition.

Tommi Kautonen's side kicked off three points behind second-placed Moldova and with an inferior goal difference. While their rivals were losing 3-0 at home to section winners England, goals from Tim Väyrynen, Sauli Väisänen, Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Kimmo Hovi and Thomas Lam gave the Finns a victory that enabled them to overhaul Moldova by a single goal – although it was still not enough for a place in Friday's play-off draw.

Finland started positively in Mariehamn and were in front in the eighth minute, Armend Kabashi collecting a short corner and delivering a fine cross for Väyrynen to head in his sixth qualifying goal at the far post. Väisänen made it 2-0 after 26 minutes, reacting quickest after Kabashi's shot had been parried by Andrea Manzaroli, and the second half was one-way traffic.

O'Shaughnessy supplied a simple finish to make it three in the 57th minute, and seven minutes later Hovi made it 4-0 with an accurate shot. Lam rounded off Finland's triumph with 11 minutes left, beating Manzaroli with a well-placed free-kick, and coach Kautonen said: "It was a nice way to finish. In the first half we had some problems, but second half we played quite well. There were chances to score more goals, but I'm happy with this result."

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.26CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

San Marino

San Marino

12
VirtanenOtso Virtanen (GK)
1
ManzaroliAndrea Manzaroli (GK)
3
RexhepiLum Rexhepi
2
CesariniDavide Cesarini
4
D. O'ShaughnessyDaniel O'Shaughnessy
Goal57
3
GrandoniAndrea Grandoni
5
VäisänenSauli Väisänen (C)
Goal26
4
FaetaniniAngelo Faetanini
6
LamThomas Lam
Goal79
Substitution82
5
BerardiMarco Berardi
Yellow Card87
8
KamaraGlen Kamara
6
ZanottiPietro Zanotti
9
VäyrynenTim Väyrynen
Goal8
7
ZafferaniTommaso Zafferani
Substitution68
10
LodRobin Lod
Substitution82
8
L. CensoniLuca Censoni
Substitution77
11
SakselaJanne Saksela
9
BernardiMarco Bernardi
19
HoviKimmo Hovi
Goal64
Substitution85
10
GolinucciAlessandro Golinucci (C)
Substitution89
22
KabashiArmend Kabashi
11
TomassiniFabio Tomassini

Substitutes

1
GotteFrédéric Gotte (GK)
12
M. ZavoliMatteo Zavoli (GK)
7
BrechtelJesper Brechtel
13
CeccaroliLuca Ceccaroli
Substitution89
13
HämäläinenJuuso Hämäläinen
14
FranciniLorenzo Francini
Substitution77
14
HertsiLoorents Hertsi
15
MaianiFederico Maiani
Substitution68
15
RahimiYouness Rahimi
Substitution82
16
MoracciniAlessandro Moraccini
18
OjalaMatias Ojala
Substitution82
17
RighiLuca Righi
21
AnyameleNnaemeka Anyamele
Substitution85
18
ZavoliAndrea Zavoli

Coach

Tommi Kautonen (FIN) Mirco Papini (ITA)

Referee

Edin Jakupovic (BIH)

Assistant referees

Sreten Udovičić (BIH), Senad Ibrisimbegović (BIH)

Fourth official

Husein Terzić (BIH)

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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