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Stylish Finns peg back Italy

Published: Sunday 25 April 2004, 12.59CET
Italy 1-1 Finland Italy's Group 1 hopes suffered a setback as Finland left Andria with a point.

Match statistics

ItalyFinland

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

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Published: Sunday 25 April 2004, 12.59CET

Stylish Finns peg back Italy

Italy 1-1 Finland Italy's Group 1 hopes suffered a setback as Finland left Andria with a point.

Italy's hopes of overtaking Sweden at the top of UEFA European Women's Championship qualifying Group 1 suffered a significant setback as they could only draw 1-1 at home to Finland in Andria.

First-half goals
The home side started superbly and opened the scoring in the eleventh minute, Patrizia Panico finding the net. Heidi Kackur drew the sides level in the 33rd minute, calmly lifting the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper from an Eveliina Sarapää pass.

'Good result'
Jessica Julin had the clearest opportunity to win the game for Finland in the dying moments, only for Monica Di Bernardo to superbly save an effort from the edge of the area destined for the top corner. "It was a good result as Italy are a strong team," said Finland coach Michael Käld. "However, we had chances to score the winner in the second half and possibly should have."

Italian errors
Italy coach Carolina Morace added: "We thought it would be an easy victory after scoring an early goal but then we started to defend and Finland were able to take the control of the game. We were tired in the second half and made too many mistakes."

Seven-point advantage
Elsewhere today, Sweden won 2-0 in Switzerland to move on to 15 points having won all five games to date. Italy remain in second place with eight points, with Finland in third, two points further adrift.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.51CET

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