Qualifying round (Group I) - 22/03/2013 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time) - El Molinón - Gijon
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Pukki the hero as Finland frustrate Spain

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 22.45CET
Spain 1-1 Finland
Teemu Pukki provided a 79th-minute equaliser after La Roja captain Sergio Ramos had marked his 100th international appearance with a goal.
by Dan Ross
Pukki the hero as Finland frustrate Spain
Teemu Pukki scores Finland's equaliser in Gijon ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainFinland

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts23
 
4
Attempts on target4
 
1
off target14
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners19
 
0
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
6
Fouls suffered6
 
5

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 09:53 CET

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P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 22 March 2013, 22.45CET

Pukki the hero as Finland frustrate Spain

Spain 1-1 Finland
Teemu Pukki provided a 79th-minute equaliser after La Roja captain Sergio Ramos had marked his 100th international appearance with a goal.

Teemu Pukki provided a dramatic 79th-minute equaliser as a stubborn Finland frustrated Spain in a 1-1 draw in Gijon.

Vicente del Bosque's troops had seized control just after half-time when captain Sergio Ramos marked his 100th cap for his country with a headed goal, but the lead was relinquished when Pukki provided the finish to a rare Finland counterattack.

The reigning world and European champions quickly found their stride and only Finland goalkeeper Niki Mäenpää at full stretch prevented Cesc Fabregas' deflected cross from finding the far corner after a neat team move. Spain nevertheless struggled to negotiate the congestion around the Finland goal and Mäenpää was able to deal with La Roja's efforts from distance with relative ease, parrying away low shots from Santi Cazorla and Andrés Iniesta.

Roman Eremenko briefly had home hearts in mouths when he drove a shot just over during a lone Finland attack, but the visitors' focus was on their clean sheet, which remained intact at the break. Ramos ensured that would not last long, however, leaping to head David Silva's looping corner inside the far post shortly after the restart.

Despite dominating proceedings with their snappy passes and sniping runs, Spain could not build on their lead. With Finland asking so few questions of their back line, the hosts took their foot off the throttle and 11 minutes from time they were punished. A swift counter down the left caught La Roja on their heels and Pukki beat Victor Valdés to Alexander Ring's inviting low centre to ensure Spain were held for the second time in four matches.

The holders slip to second in qualifying Group I, two points behind France, after Les Bleus beat Georgia 3-1.

Last updated: 15/08/13 0.09CET

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