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FinlandFinlandTampere Stadion - TampereSunday 11 June 2017
18.00CET (19.00 local time)
Group I - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/11/2016QR (GS)Ukraine - Finland1-0
OdessaKravets 25
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Finland - Squad list
Current season
-Anssi Jaakkola13/03/198730Reading - 0000
-Lukas Hradecky24/11/198927Häcken*5000
-Jesse Joronen21/03/199324Fulham - 0000
-Niklas Moisander29/09/198531Bremen - 4000
-Markus Halsti19/03/198433Midtjylland*3000
-Kari Arkivuo23/06/198333Häcken - 4000
-Jukka Raitala15/09/198828Columbus Crew - 4000
-Juhani Ojala19/06/198927Häcken - 1000
-Juha Pirinen22/10/199125HJK - 0000
-Valtteri Moren15/06/199125Waasland-Beveren - 0000
-Thomas Lam18/12/199323Nottm Forest - 3000
-Janne Saksela14/03/199324Sparta - 2000
-Jere Uronen13/07/199422Genk*2000
-Sauli Väisänen05/06/199423AIK*3000
-Kasper Hämäläinen08/08/198630Legia - 2000
-Mehmet Hetemaj08/12/198729SJK - 0000
-Robin Lod17/04/199324Panathinaikos - 5100
-Moshtagh Yaghoubi08/11/199422HJK - 1000
-Fredrik Jensen09/09/199719Twente - 0000
-Riku Riski16/08/198927Odd - 0000
-Teemu Pukki29/03/199027Brøndby*5100
-Joel Pohjanpalo13/09/199422Leverkusen - 2000
-Eero Markkanen03/07/199125AIK - 3000
-Markku Kanerva24/05/196453 - 1000
Ukraine - Squad list
Current season
-Andriy Pyatov28/06/198432Shakhtar Donetsk - 5000
-Mykyta Shevchenko26/01/199324Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Andriy Lunin11/02/199918Dnipro - 0000
-Olexandr Kucher22/10/198234Shakhtar Donetsk*5000
-Mykola Morozyuk17/01/198829Dynamo Kyiv - 0000
-Serhiy Kryvtsov15/03/199126Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Bohdan Butko13/01/199126Shakhtar Donetsk - 5000
-Ivan Ordets08/07/199224Shakhtar Donetsk*3000
-Yaroslav Rakitskiy03/08/198927Shakhtar Donetsk*2000
-Eduard Sobol20/04/199522Zorya - 4000
-Mykola Matviyenko02/05/199621Karpaty - 1000
-Yevhen Shakhov30/11/199026PAOK - 2000
-Taras Stepanenko08/08/198927Shakhtar Donetsk*5000
-Serhiy Sydorchuk02/05/199126Dynamo Kyiv - 3000
-Ruslan Malinovskiy04/05/199324Genk - 0000
-Viktor Kovalenko14/02/199621Shakhtar Donetsk - 5000
-Viktor Tsygankov15/11/199719Dynamo Kyiv - 1000
-Maksym Malyshev24/12/199224Shakhtar Donetsk - 0000
-Volodymyr Shepeliev01/06/199720Dynamo Kyiv - 0000
-Yevhen Seleznyov20/07/198531Karabükspor - 1000
-Yevhen Konoplyanka29/09/198927Schalke - 5000
-Andriy Yarmolenko23/10/198927Dynamo Kyiv - 5300
-Artem Besedin31/03/199621Dynamo Kyiv - 1000
-Andriy Shevchenko29/09/197640 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Markku Kanerva

Date of birth: 24 May 1964
Nationality: Finnish
Playing career: HJK Helsinki (twice), IF Elfsborg, Finnairin Palloilijat
Coaching career: HJK Helsinki (assistant), FC Viikingit, Finland Under-21s, Finland (assistant), Finland (caretaker, twice), Finland

• A defender in his playing days, Markku Kanerva started out at home-town club HJK and won five Finnish titles and three Finnish Cups over two spells, returning for four years until his retirement in 1998 after an initial stay from 1983 to 1990.

• Contested five games in the 1998/99 UEFA Champions League with HJK, having rejoined after stints with Swedish side Elfsborg and Finnish outfit FinnPa; Kanerva also picked up 59 caps for his national team, scoring once.

• Began his coaching career as an assistant at HJK before briefly holding the reins at Viikingit in 2003 and entering the Football Association of Finland (SPL-FBF) coaching set-up the following year.

• Took charge of Finland's U21s between 2004 and 2009, earning recognition as Finland's coach of the year in 2008 after booking the side a historic maiden place at the 2009 UEFA European U21 Championship finals.

• Assistant coach of Finland's senior team between 2010 and 2016, Kanerva took over in an interim capacity in both 2011 and 2015 before being handed the role full time as Hans Backe's replacement in December 2016.



Andriy Shevchenko

Date of birth: 29 September 1976
Nationality: Ukrainian
Playing career: FC Dynamo Kyiv (twice), AC Milan (twice), Chelsea FC
Coaching career: Ukraine (assistant), Ukraine

• Shevchenko enjoyed phenomenal early success with Dynamo Kyiv, the club he joined as a schoolboy, winning five successive Ukrainian titles and contributing 60 top-flight goals, including a league-best tally of 18 in 1998/99; that same season he also topped the UEFA Champions League charts with ten goals as Dynamo reached the semi-finals.

• Joined Milan in July 1999 and hit the ground running, finishing top of the Serie A goal charts in his debut season (the first foreigner to achieve the feat) with 24 goals, a tally he would match the following campaign and again in 2003/04, when he led the listings once more as Milan won the Scudetto; won the Ballon d'Or in December 2004 to go with his six Ukrainian footballer of the year titles.

• Won the UEFA Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2003, scoring the decisive spot kick in the final against Juventus to crown an injury-curtailed campaign; however, missed crucially from the spot in the 2005 showpiece against Liverpool FC.

• Left Milan in 2006 with 127 Serie A and 38 European goals to his credit, but a move to Chelsea did not work out and he returned to Milan for an equally unsuccessful loan spell in 2008/09 before making the permanent move back to Dynamo a year later.

• Ukraine's record scorer by a distance, he captained the team to the quarter-finals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and became the first player to reach the 100-cap milestone for Ukraine, in October 2010. Scored twice in a famous win against Sweden at UEFA EURO 2012, his international swansong; after a short-lived foray into politics, appointed assistant to Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko, taking over as head coach after UEFA EURO 2016.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeAlon Yefet (ISR)
  • Assistant refereesDanny Krasikow (ISR) , Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
  • Fourth officialErez Papir (ISR)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerMike Appleby (ENG)
  • Referee observerAndreas Schluchter (SUI)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Alon Yefet01/09/1972589

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
28/07/2010UCL3QRFK PartizanHJK Helsinki3-0Belgrade
08/11/2012UELGSSSC NapoliFC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk4-2Naples
21/08/2014UELPORuch ChorzówFC Metalist Kharkiv0-0Gliwice
05/08/2015UCL3QRFC AstanaHJK Helsinki4-3Astana
22/10/2015UELGSFC Dnipro DnipropetrovskAS Saint-Étienne0-1Dnipropetrovsk

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Finland 1-1 Kosovo
    1-0 Arajuuri 18, 1-1 V. Berisha 60 (P)
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Eremenko, Lod (88 Schüller), Pukki (73 Hämäläinen), Lam (65 Ring), Halsti, Uronen, Pohjanpalo, Raitala
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Iceland 3-2 Finland
    0-1 Pukki 21, 1-1 Árnason 37, 1-2 Lod 39, 2-2 Finnbogason 90+1, 3-2 R. Sigurdsson 90+6
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen, Ring (94 Schüller), P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti, Lod, Hämäläinen (56 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Finland 0-1 Croatia
    0-1 Mandžukić 18
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Väisänen (87 Riski), Ojala, Ring (67 Lam), Pukki, Arkivuo (46 Schüller), Lod, Saksela, Raitala
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Ukraine 1-0 Finland
    1-0 Kravets 25
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Väisänen (83 Saksela), Toivio, Ring (46 Markkanen), Lod, Pukki, Arkivuo, Halsti (63 Lam), Mattila, Raitala
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Turkey 2-0 Finland
    1-0 Cenk Tosun 9, 2-0 Cenk Tosun 13
    Hradecky, Arajuuri, Moisander, Ring (84 Forsell), Lod, P. Hetemaj, Pukki, Arkivuo, Mattila (67 Yaghoubi), Uronen, Pohjanpalo (72 Markkanen)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (05/09/2016)
    Ukraine 1-1 Iceland
    0-1 Finnbogason 6, 1-1 Yarmolenko 41
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Sydorchuk (63 Zozulya), Kovalenko, Rakitskiy, Zinchenko (90 Shakhov)
  • Matchday 2 (06/10/2016)
    Turkey 2-2 Ukraine
    0-1 Yarmolenko 24 (P) , 0-2 Kravets 27, 1-2 Ozan Tufan 45+1, 2-2 Hakan Çalhanoğlu 81 (P)
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka (81 Petriak), Kravets (73 Zozulya), Ordets, Zinchenko (46 Sydorchuk)
  • Matchday 3 (09/10/2016)
    Ukraine 3-0 Kosovo
    1-0 Kravets 31, 2-0 Yarmolenko 81, 3-0 Rotan 87
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko, Konoplyanka (79 Karavaev), Kravets (84 Zozulya), Ordets, Zinchenko (63 Rotan)
  • Matchday 4 (12/11/2016)
    Ukraine 1-0 Finland
    1-0 Kravets 25
    Pyatov, Butko, Sobol, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kovalenko (89 Shakhov), Konoplyanka (83 Tsygankov), Kravets, Rakitskiy, Zinchenko (67 Rotan)
  • Matchday 5 (24/03/2017)
    Croatia 1-0 Ukraine
    1-0 N. Kalinić 38
    Pyatov, Butko, Ordets, Matviyenko, Kucher, Stepanenko, Yarmolenko, Kravets (59 Seleznyov), Konoplyanka, Rotan (77 Sydorchuk), Kovalenko (85 Besedin)
  • Matchday 6 (11/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (02/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (05/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (06/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (09/10/2017)

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on