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Finland lose top spot after Moldova defeat

Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 20.29CET
Moldova 1-0 Finland
Constantin Bogdan got the only goal in Tiraspol to ensure that Mika Laurikainen's visitors surrendered top spot in qualifying Group 1.
by Evgheni Balaniuc
from Stadionul Sheriff
Finland lose top spot after Moldova defeat
Constantin Bogdan enjoys his winning goal ©Vadim Caftanat

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Published: Tuesday 15 October 2013, 20.29CET

Finland lose top spot after Moldova defeat

Moldova 1-0 Finland
Constantin Bogdan got the only goal in Tiraspol to ensure that Mika Laurikainen's visitors surrendered top spot in qualifying Group 1.

Finland's hopes of topping UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 1 took a serious blow in Tiraspol as Constantin Bogdan got the only goal of the game to win it for Moldova.

Mika Laurikainen's side led the section ahead of Tuesday's action and were confident of holding onto pole position against opponents who had won just one of their four qualifying matches. However, Bogdan's 68th-minute strike secured the points for the hosts, meaning Finland surrender their status as pacesetters.

The visitors controlled the pace in the first half but were unable to carve out clear chances. Indeed, the best opening fell to Moldova's Vadim Raţa who shot at goal after a swift counter, only to see defensive bodies throw themselves in the way of his effort.

Alexandr Curteian's men were the more dangerous again in the second period and Ion Ursu crashed an attempt against the post from the edge of the area after another quick break. The goal arrived shortly after, as Vasile Jardan's wicked cross from the right presented Bogdan with a great opportunity which he headed past Jesse Joronen to ensure his team moved to within a point of Finland. It was the Finns' first defeat after two wins and two draws.

Last updated: 05/06/15 7.35CET

http://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2015/matches/round=2000412/match=2011390/postmatch/report/index.html#finland+fall+moldova

Lineups

Moldova

Moldova

Finland

Finland

1
KoşelevAlexei Koşelev (GK)
1
JoronenJesse Joronen (GK) (C)
3
Focşa Maxim Focşa
3
AspegrenFelipe Aspegren
Substitution78
4
ProdanIon Prodan
4
HatakkaDani Hatakka
5
BogdanConstantin Bogdan
Goal68
5
LamThomas Lam
Yellow Card90+2
6
V. JardanVasile Jardan
6
LodRobin Lod
7
ZasavitchiEugen Zasavitchi (C)
7
KauppiKalle Kauppi
Substitution85
8
RaţăVadim Raţă
9
VäyrynenTim Väyrynen
9
AntonGheorghe Anton
10
PaananenAleksi Paananen
11
MilinceanuNicolae Milinceanu
Substitution15
15
P. O'ShaughnessyPatrick O'Shaughnessy
Yellow Card72
13
DimaIgor Dima
Substitution82
17
LehtonenJuho Lehtonen
16
GheorghiuVictor Gheorghiu
Yellow Card86
19
HilskaAntto Hilska
Substitution73

Substitutes

12
AvramCristian Avram (GK)
12
ViitalaWalter Viitala (GK)
2
ȚurcanConstantin Țurcan
2
HoivalaAtte Hoivala
10
UrsuIon Ursu
Substitution15
Yellow Card90+1
Substitution90+1
8
HeimonenMarcus Heimonen
14
MîrzaIurie Mîrza
Substitution90+1
11
HertsiLoorents Hertsi
Substitution73
15
TironValeriu Tiron
14
D. O'ShaughnessyDaniel O'Shaughnessy
Substitution78
17
MateiSergiu Matei
Substitution82
16
SoiriPyry Soiri
18
DulgheruMarcel Dulgheru
18
BrechtelJesper Brechtel
Substitution85

Coach

Alexandru Curteian (MDA) Mika Laurikainen (FIN)

Referee

Wim Smet (BEL)

Assistant referees

Dirk Gilon (BEL), Christophe Berbiers (BEL)

Fourth official

Frederik Geldhof (BEL)

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