Olympic Stadium - Helsinki 06/09/2013 - 20:30CET (21:30 local time)

Qualifying round - Group I

Finland - Spain
0-2
 

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Spain on the verge following Finland win

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 23.08CET
Finland 0-2 Spain 
La Roja strode three points clear in Group I and within sight of a place in next year's finals courtesy of a controlled performance in Helsinki.
by Mikael Eravuori
Spain on the verge following Finland win
Jordi Alba celebrates his opener for Spain ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

Finland
Spain

0

Goals scored

2

7

Total attempts

12

3

Attempts on target

4

4

off target

6

3

blocked

2

0

against woodwork

0

3

Corners

6

0

Offsides

0

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

4

Fouls committed

4

4

Fouls suffered

4

Standings

Last updated: 11/09/2013 08:00 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 6 September 2013, 23.08CET

Spain on the verge following Finland win

Finland 0-2 Spain 
La Roja strode three points clear in Group I and within sight of a place in next year's finals courtesy of a controlled performance in Helsinki.

Spain swept aside Finland in Helsinki to move three points clear of France – held to a goalless draw by Georgia – at the top of Group I and close in on a place at the FIFA World Cup.

Vicente del Bosque's men quickly settled into a serene stride and took the lead after 19 minutes courtesy of FC Barcelona full-back Jordi Alba. The visitors were made to work harder for their second though, substitute Álvaro Negredo providing the clinching goal four minutes from time. Spain will take their place at Brazil 2014 if they take a point or more from their next game, against Belarus on 11 October.

Finland made their intentions to frustrate the world and European champions clear from the outset. Their gameplan was undone, though, when Cesc Fàbregas's visionary pass found Alba, who calmly slotted past Niki Mäenpää.

The home team emerged rejuvenated after the interval with Teemu Pukki twice going close. Spain were swift to regain their composure, however, Mäenpää diving full stretch to repel Fàbregas's long-range effort, before Teemu Tainio headed narrowly over at the other end. Any nerves were then salved when forward Álvaro Negredo combined with Manchester City FC team-mate Jesús Navas and finished unerringly beyond Mäenpää.

Last updated: 08/05/14 4.38CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Spain

Spain

1Niki Mäenpää (GK)1Iker Casillas (GK) (C)
2Petri Pasanen2Raúl Albiol
3Niklas Moisander (C)4Mario Suárez
Yellow Card90+2
4Joona Toivio5Koke
7Roman Eremenko6Andrés Iniesta
10Teemu Pukki7David Villa
Substitution55
13Kari Arkivuo
Substitution81
8Xavi Hernández
15Markus Halsti10Cesc Fàbregas
Substitution71
16Teemu Tainio
Substitution69
11Pedro Rodríguez
Substitution81
19Alexander Ring
Substitution69
15Sergio Ramos
20Rasmus Schüller18Jordi Alba
Goal19

Substitutes

12Lukas Hradecky (GK)23Pepe Reina (GK)
5Veli Lampi12Víctor Valdés (GK)
6Mika Ojala3Nacho
9Erfan Zeneli
Substitution81
9Álvaro Negredo
Substitution71
Goal86
11Riku Riski
Substitution69
13Isco
14Tim Sparv14Roberto Soldado
17Mikko Sumusalo16Javi García
21Kasper Hämäläinen
Substitution69
17Álvaro Arbeloa
22Jukka Raitala19Nacho Monreal
23Henri Sillanpää (GK)20Santi Cazorla
Substitution81
21David Silva
22Jesús Navas
Substitution55

Coach

Mixu Paatelainen (FIN) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Miro Grgić (CRO)

Fourth official

Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Finland

    Next match FIFA World Cup: v Georgia, 10 September 2013
  • Spain

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Belarus, 11 October 2013, 2-1
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