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Flying Finns deny Denmark

Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 0.24CET
Finland 2-1 Denmark Tournament debutants Finland book a place in the last four with a hard-fought victory.

Match statistics

FinlandDenmark

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

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

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Sweden Sweden31202115
Finland Finland31114404
Denmark Denmark31114404
England England310245-13
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:20 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 0.24CET

Flying Finns deny Denmark

Finland 2-1 Denmark Tournament debutants Finland book a place in the last four with a hard-fought victory.

By Pete Sanderson at Bloomfield Road

Finals debutants Finland booked an unlikely place in the last four of UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2005™ with a hard-earned victory against Denmark.

Defensive steel
Laura Kalmari set the Finns on their way in the sixth minute, slotting home after capitalising on a defensive error before Heidi Kackur's powerful header sent the 500 traveling Finnish fans into delirium. Denmark pulled one back through Cathrine Paaske Sørensen but the resilient Finnish defence refused to buckle under a torrent of Danish pressure as they booked a Wednesday semi-final against the Group B winners in Preston.

Defensive steel
Denmark, who began the game knowing a point would secure a place in the next round, made two changes from the side which beat England, recalling full-backs Mie Olsen and Dorte Dalum Jensen in place of Bettina Falk and Mariann Knudsen. With an immense defensive display under their belts in the goalless draw with Sweden, Finland elected to tinker only with their midfield, winger Jessica Thorn replacing Minna Mustonen down the right as they went in search of the victory which could catapult them to an unlikely semi-final place, pending a decisive result between England and Sweden at Ewood Park.

Rank outsiders
Finland coach Michael Käld had warned his side it would be foolish to go for broke from the start but they apparently paid little attention as they sprinted into a two-goal lead. The first arrived in the sixth minute courtesy of some defensive misfortune, Gitte Andersen's attempted clearance cannoning into the path of Finnish striker Kalmari who raced clear before slotting effortlessly past Tine Cederkist.

Second blow
Denmark, who beat the Finns comprehensively last time the sides met, were still reeling from Kalmari's initial body blow when they found themselves two goals behind. This time Heidi Kackur was the scorer, rising beyond Denmark's static defence to plant a firm header beyond Cederkvist from Anne Mäkinen's right wing free-kick.

Second blow
It was hard to fault the Finns, their defence looked calm, their midfield menacing and their attack looked capable of breaking the Danish defence at every opportunity. Denmark finally registered their first meaningful attack in the 12th minute. A ball down the right allowed winger Johanna Rasmussen to make her first real an impact on proceedings, teeing up Merete Pedersen whose thumping header was pushed over the bar by the impressive Satu Kunnas.

Killer third
Finland were still having the better of the game with Thorn justifying her recall with some superb runs down the right and Kalmari was only denied a second goal after Cederkvist's reflex save. But as the half wore on Denmark began to press, Kunnas saving spectacularly from Pedersen.

Sørensen scores
It seemed almost inevitable that the Danes would make a breakthrough and Finland's guard finally dropped just seconds before the half-time whistle when Johansen's long-range shot was deflected home by Sørensen after Jessica Julin's attempted block. It was a crucial time to score for the Danes who needed just one more goal to advance and spent most of the second-half searching for the vital equaliser.

Pedersen header
Their most likely source seemed to be the aerial prowess of Sorensen. The forward missed a wonderful chance to restore parity in the 65th minute when she sent a clear header just centimetres over the bar. As the game opened up, Finland could have put the result beyond doubt in the 73rd minute but Mäkinen's looping shot came back off the bar. But, despite a late rally from Denmark, it was the Finns who sealed their passage to the last four.

Attendance: 1,481

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.10CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Denmark

Denmark

1
KunnasSatu Kunnas (GK)
1
CederkvistTine Cederkvist (GK)
2
VaelmaPetra Vaelma
3
Søndergaard PedersenKatrine Søndergaard Pedersen (C)
3
JulinJessica Julin
4
AndersenGitte Andersen
4
ValkonenSanna Valkonen (C)
6
HansenLouise Hansen
Substitution70
5
SalménTiina Salmén
7
Paaske-SørensenCathrine Paaske-Sørensen
Goal45
Yellow Card62
6
SarapääEvelina Sarapää
10
Anne Dot Eggers NielsenAnne Dot Eggers Nielsen
7
MäkinenAnne Mäkinen
11
Merete PedersenMerete Pedersen
9
Österberg Kalmari Laura Österberg Kalmari
Goal6
Substitution89
12
Dalum JensenDorte Dalum Jensen
10
RantanenAnna-Kaisa Rantanen
13
RasmussenJohanna Rasmussen
11
KackurHeidi Kackur
Goal16
Substitution74
17
Mølbach JohansenNanna Mølbach Johansen
Substitution63
13
ThornJessica Thorn
Substitution59
18
BrogaardMia Brogaard
Substitution70

Substitutes

8
MustonenMinna Mustonen
Substitution89
2
FalkBettina Falk
12
JunkkariVirva Junkkari (GK)
5
KnudsenMariann Knudsen
14
AhonenHeidi Ahonen
8
Kjær JensenStine Kjær Jensen
Substitution63
15
MalaskaSanna Malaska
Substitution59
9
L. JensenLene Jensen
16
Uusi-LuomalahtiTerhi Uusi-Luomalahti
14
PedersenCecilie Pedersen
17
LindqvistLinda Lindqvist
15
ChristensenTanja Mejer Christensen
Substitution70
18
TalonenSanna Talonen
16
Bjerg ChristensenMette Bjerg Christensen (GK)
19
LindströmHeidi Lindström
Substitution74
19
Helle NielsenHelle Nielsen
Substitution70
20
MatikainenNoora Matikainen (GK)
20
Stina Lykke PetersenStina Lykke Petersen (GK)

Coach

Michael KäldPeter Bonde (DEN)

Referee

Alexandra Ihringova (ENG)

Assistant referees

Miroslava Migalova (SVK), Andi Regan (NIR)

Fourth official

Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)

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