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Finland block Sweden's path

Published: Thursday 9 June 2005, 0.27CET
Sweden 0-0 Finland Underdogs Finland defend resolutely in the second half to keep their finals campaign alive.

Standings

Group A : ENG / SWE / FIN / DEN(Host country: England)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Denmark Denmark21103214
England England21014403
Sweden Sweden20201102
Finland Finland201123-11
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:20 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Thursday 9 June 2005, 0.27CET

Finland block Sweden's path

Sweden 0-0 Finland Underdogs Finland defend resolutely in the second half to keep their finals campaign alive.

By Kevin Ashby at Bloomfield Road

Sweden and Finland drew 0-0 in Blackpool on Wednesday to leave all four teams in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages when UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ Group A concludes on Saturday.

Bengtsson close
Much had been made of the attacking talents at the disposal of Sweden, in particular, and Finland, yet it was the defences which stood tall. It was also a defender who went closest to scoring, Kristin Bengtsson's 78th-minute cross eluding everyone before bouncing to safety off the base of the Finland post. The Finns and Sweden now have one and two points and must win their deciders against Denmark (four points) and England (three).

Milestone
With the Swedish midfield having been both outfought and outthought by Denmark for much of their 1-1 draw on Sunday, coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors restored veteran Malin Andersson to the side and handed her the captain's armband. Therese Sjögran also came in on the left flank with Caroline Seger and Frida Östberg making way. Finland's solitary change saw Heidi Kackur win her 50th cap up front at the expense of Jessica Thorn.

Sweeping move
Sweden made another confident start and a sweeping third-minute move saw Hanna Ljungberg take two Finland defenders out of the game with a clever back-heel to Victoria Svensson who threaded a ball through to the on-rushing Malin Moström only to see Satu Kunnas charge off her line to deny the midfielder. Sweden enjoyed plenty of early possession against a side they had beaten in 23 of their 29 previous meetings yet failed to weave it into chances, their final ball too often lacking the quality of their neat approach play.

Flicks and tricks
Over 22 minutes had past when Finland worked their first opening, captain Anne Mäkinen shooting over following a one-two with Anna-Kaisa Rantanen. The Finns seemed content to contain their opponents, paying particular attention to keeping Ljungberg as far away from goal as possible. The striker was forced to drop deep to win possession and it was in the space between midfield and attack that she was able to showcase her range of flicks and tricks.

Late chances
In the 34th minute Ljungberg set a move in motion which resulted in Therese Sjögran winning a free-kick on the edge of the Finland box. Andersson stepped up to take it but could only curl the free-kick high over the Finland bar when its position demanded better - the effort summing up Sweden's failure to capitalise on a series of set-pieces. Finland were by no means being overrun, though, and fine late efforts from Mäkinen and Kalmari both forced Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl into action.

Sweden improvement
Thorn came on after half-time for Kackur and injected some urgency into the Finland attack, while Josephine Öqvist did likewise after taking Lota Schelin's place on the right flank. The Sweden substitute would have put her side ahead soon after the hour had Bengtsson not stepped into play when taking the throw-in which preceeded the disallowed goal. Suddenly Sweden were invigorated and Bengtsson's piledriver was charged down before Öqvist and Svensson fired over from different corners of the area.

Huge surprise
Sweden did all the pressing late on yet only Bengtsson's cross troubled Kunnas, hitting the post. Another heartbreaking ending would have been too much for Finland to take after their loss to England, yet they live on and could yet spring a huge surprise on Saturday.

Attendance: 1,491

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.11CET

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Lineups

Sweden

Sweden

Finland

Finland

12
LindahlHedvig Lindahl (GK)
1
KunnasSatu Kunnas (GK)
3
TörnqvistJane Törnqvist
2
VaelmaPetra Vaelma
4
MarklundHanna Marklund
3
JulinJessica Julin
5
BengtssonKristin Bengtsson
4
ValkonenSanna Valkonen (C)
6
MoströmMalin Moström
5
SalménTiina Salmén
7
S. LarssonSara Larsson
6
SarapääEvelina Sarapää
9
AnderssonMalin Andersson (C)
7
MäkinenAnne Mäkinen
10
LjungbergHanna Ljungberg
8
MustonenMinna Mustonen
Substitution71
11
Sandell SvenssonVictoria Sandell Svensson
9
Österberg Kalmari Laura Österberg Kalmari
13
SchelinLotta Schelin
Substitution56
10
RantanenAnna-Kaisa Rantanen
Substitution90
15
SjögranTherese Sjögran
Substitution71
11
KackurHeidi Kackur
Substitution46

Substitutes

1
JönssonCaroline Jönsson (GK)
12
JunkkariVirva Junkkari (GK)
2
WestbergKarolina Westberg
13
ThornJessica Thorn
Substitution46
8
ÖstbergFrida Östberg
14
AhonenHeidi Ahonen
14
M. KarlssonMaria Karlsson
15
MalaskaSanna Malaska
Substitution90
16
SegerCaroline Seger
16
Uusi-LuomalahtiTerhi Uusi-Luomalahti
17
SjöströmAnna Sjöström
Substitution71
17
LindqvistLinda Lindqvist
18
ÅströmMaja Åström (GK)
18
TalonenSanna Talonen
Substitution71
19
PaulsonAnna Paulson
19
LindströmHeidi Lindström
20
ÖqvistJosefine Öqvist
Substitution56
20
MatikainenNoora Matikainen (GK)

Coach

Marika Domanski Lyfors* (SWE) Michael Käld

Referee

Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Assistant referees

Hana Spackova (CZE), Katarzyna Nadolska (POL)

Fourth official

Wendy Toms (ENG)

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