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Finland feel fantastic as Slovakia slump

Published: Saturday 31 March 2012, 22.01CET
Andrée Jeglertz spoke of his "fantastic feeling" after Finland's last-gasp 1-0 win in Slovakia, an outcome that reduced Monika Matysová and her home team-mates to tears.
by Maroš Szücs
from Národné tréningové centrum SFZ

Match statistics

SlovakiaFinland

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts8
 
12
Attempts on target3
 
6
off target4
 
5
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
7
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
10

Standings

Published: Saturday 31 March 2012, 22.01CET

Finland feel fantastic as Slovakia slump

Andrée Jeglertz spoke of his "fantastic feeling" after Finland's last-gasp 1-0 win in Slovakia, an outcome that reduced Monika Matysová and her home team-mates to tears.

Finland's UEFA Women's EURO 2013 qualifying hopes received a huge boost with a last-gasp win in Slovakia and coach Andrée Jeglertz spoke of his "fantastic feeling" but the home side were reduced to tears.

We were happy with the draw and did not expect this. Immediately after the final whistle we started to cry
Monika Matysová

The surprise Group 5 leaders at kick-off, Slovakia had the better of the opening stages but Finland gradually took charge, though they seemed set to miss out on victory when deep in added time substitute Leena Puranen sent in a cross which was headed into her own goal by Eva Kolenová. Now Finland are level on points with both Slovakia and Belarus and have a game in hand on both.

"Of course I am very happy about the result," Jeglertz told UEFA.com. "We were fighting hard in the second half to create chances. We scored in the last minute and it is a fantastic feeling. It was quite an even game, it could have gone both ways. They were a little bit better in the first half, and in the second half we were the best team."

Slovakia coach Zsolt Pakusza, who takes his team to Finland on Thursday, said: "If I were to say that the girls were sad, it would not be enough. They were very disappointed and they cried. We deserved a point."

Certainly early on they were in control with three good chances in the opening 20 minutes, denied more than once by Finland goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela. The only danger at the other end came from Linda Sällström, but she could not add to her five qualifying goals for the 2005 semi-finalists, who reached the last eight on home soil four years later.

"We had great chances in the first half and we should definitely have taken them, scored some goals and forced Finland to play," Slovakia captain Monika Matysová said, while Pakusza added: "I had believed that we could play an even game with them, though they were favourites. We created chances, but were lacking a bit of luck in terms of scoring."

Finland, with some help from a strong wind, controlled the game in second half, but could not get past a Slovakia defence breached only once previously in the group – until the dying moments. "That goal was an enormous disaster for us," Matysová said. "We were happy with the draw and did not expect this. Immediately after the final whistle we started to cry."

Pakusza agreed: "We were better in the first half, but the second one was tough, to play against the wind sapped our energy, and we were lacking in the end. An unlucky loss."

Jeglertz was not surprised by Slovakia's display. "I knew they had acgood team," the Finland coach said. "I was only surprised that we could not play at a better level in the first half. But during half-time we focused on couple of things and did much better in the second half."

Last updated: 27/03/13 3.31CET

http://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/season=2013/matches/round=2000256/match=2007871/postmatch/report/index.html#finland+slovakia+tears

Lineups

Slovakia

Slovakia

Finland

Finland

12
KorenčiováMaria Korenčiová (GK)
12
KorpelaTinja-Riikka Korpela (GK)
2
HaršányováLucie Haršányová
Substitution55
2
SaariMaija Saari (C)
4
MatysováMonika Matysová (C)
3
HyyrynenTuija Hyyrynen
5
BíróováAlexandra Bíróová
Substitution84
7
KukkonenAnnika Kukkonen
6
FischerováPatrícia Fischerová
8
Nokso-KoivistoKatri Nokso-Koivisto
8
FeckováDana Fecková
9
TolvanenMarianna Tolvanen
Substitution79
10
OndrušováLucia Ondrušová
11
NordlundPernilla Nordlund
13
KolenováEva Kolenová
Goal90+2
16
WesterlundAnna Westerlund
Yellow Card86
15
ŠuškováLucia Šušková
Substitution68
18
SällströmLinda Sällström
17
KlechováVeronika Klechová
Yellow Card88
19
SainioEssi Sainio
Substitution62
18
ŠkorvánkováDominika Škorvánková
21
AlanenEmmi Alanen

Substitutes

1
El-DahaibiováLucia El-Dahaibiová (GK)
1
KankaanpääKatja Annika Kankaanpää (GK)
3
MravíkováLenka Mravíková
4
LehtinenSusanna Lehtinen
7
AntalováMaria Antalová
5
SaarioTiina Saario
9
VojtekováJana Vojteková
Substitution84
10
KoivistoEmma Koivisto
11
PračkováKatarina Pračková
14
TalonenSanna Talonen
14
RybárováVeronika Rybárová
Substitution68
15
PuranenLeena Puranen
Substitution62
16
BartovičováDiana Bartovičová
Substitution55
20
SjölundAnnica Sjölund
Substitution79

Coach

Zsolt Pakusza (SVK) Andrée Jeglertz (SWE)

Referee

Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN)

Assistant referees

Judit Kulcsár (HUN), Timea Nagy (HUN)

Fourth official

Slavomira Majkuthová (SVK)

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