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Finland fight back to draw with Wales

Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 21.38CET
Finland 2-2 Wales
Tim Väyrynen's late equaliser rescued a draw that keeps alive the home side's faint hopes of snatching second place in Group 1.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Turku Stadium
Finland fight back to draw with Wales
Tim Väyrynen (right) earned Finland a point ©FAW
Published: Friday 5 September 2014, 21.38CET

Finland fight back to draw with Wales

Finland 2-2 Wales
Tim Väyrynen's late equaliser rescued a draw that keeps alive the home side's faint hopes of snatching second place in Group 1.

A late Tim Väyrynen equaliser salvaged a draw for Finland at home to Wales in front of more than 5,000 spectators in Turku, keeping alive their hopes of finishing second in Group 1.

The home side had started strongly although the visitors were the first to threaten, Frédéric Gotte saving from Wesley Burns in the 18th minute. Sixty second later, Finland were ahead as Väyrynen sent Robin Lod clean through and the HJK Helsinki midfielder made no mistake, shooting low into the corner of the net.

Wales responded strongly after half-time and drew level through Burns five minutes past the hour, the striker heading in from a corner. Four minutes later, the visitors were ahead thanks to Lee Evans' deflected 25-metre free-kick and it looked like Finland's hopes of overtaking second-placed Moldova were at an end.

Väyrynen, who scored a hat-trick in Finland's 5-1 win in Wales in August 2013, had other ideas, heading powerfully in with three minutes left. It was the visitors who came closest to snatching the win, however, Gwion Edwards hitting the post from close range after an 88th-minute counterattack.

The result leaves Finland on 13 points, three behind Moldova but with a considerably worse goal difference; to finish second they must beat San Marino in the final fixture on Tuesday and hope Moldova lose to section winners England, both by large margins.

"We knew Wales would come strongly in the second half, but for some reason we were not ready for that," said Finland head coach Tommi Kautonen. "They scored two goals, which both seemed to be rather easy. I am disappointed with that, but pleased with how we came back. We got one goal and looked for a winner but unfortunately we had to settle for a draw."

Last updated: 04/06/15 4.28CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Wales

Wales

1
GotteFrédéric Gotte (GK)
1
WardDanny Ward (GK)
2
HatakkaDani Hatakka
Substitution83
2
G. JonesGethin Jones
3
RexhepiLum Rexhepi
3
FoxMorgan Fox
4
D. O'ShaughnessyDaniel O'Shaughnessy
4
SheehanJoshua Sheehan
5
VäisänenSauli Väisänen
5
RayGeorge Ray
Yellow Card54
6
LamThomas Lam (C)
Yellow Card68
6
WalshJoseph Walsh (C)
7
BrechtelJesper Brechtel
Substitution74
7
EdwardsGwion Edwards
8
KamaraGlen Kamara
8
EvansLee Evans
Goal69
9
VäyrynenTim Väyrynen
Goal87
9
BurnsWesley Burns
Goal65
Yellow Card72
10
LodRobin Lod
Goal19
10
O'SullivanThomas O'Sullivan
20
SkrabbSimon Skrabb
Yellow Card56
Substitution67
11
HarrisonEllis Harrison
Substitution65

Substitutes

12
VirtanenOtso Virtanen (GK)
12
DibbleChristian Dibble (GK)
11
SakselaJanne Saksela
Substitution83
13
HewittElliott Hewitt
13
HämäläinenJuuso Hämäläinen
14
WhartonTheo Wharton
14
HertsiLoorents Hertsi
Substitution67
15
WilliamsJordan Williams
15
RahimiYouness Rahimi
16
J. EvansJordan Evans
21
AnyameleNnaemeka Anyamele
17
HedgesRyan Hedges
Substitution65
22
KabashiArmend Kabashi
Substitution74
18
ReidBradley Reid

Coach

Tommi Kautonen (FIN) Geraint Williams (WAL)

Referee

Andreas Pappas (GRE)

Assistant referees

Alexandros Grevenis (GRE), Dimitris Tatsis (GRE)

Fourth official

Athenasios Giachos (GRE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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