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Riski in business as Finland outstrip Faroese

Faroe Islands 1-3 Finland
Two Riku Riski goals helped Finland get off to a positive start in Group F, Mixu Paatelainen's men overturning a half-time deficit.

Riski in business as Finland outstrip Faroese
Riski in business as Finland outstrip Faroese ©UEFA.com

• Riku Riski strikes twice as Finland fight back
• Christian Holst gives Faroe Islands a half-time lead
• Faroes go close with scores level at 1-1
• Roman Eremenko hits the game's best goal late on
• Next games: Finland v Greece, Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands (11 October)

Two Riku Riski goals helped Finland turn the tide as they came from behind to earn a 3-1 win against the Faroe Islands in their opening UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match.

An upset seemed to be possible when Christian Holst capitalised on a defensive mistake to put the home side ahead before the break, but Riski's double and a splendid third from Roman Eremenko gave Mixu Paatelainen's men all three points at Tórsvøllur.

Gunnar Nielsen made some outstanding saves to keep the Faroe Islands in the game in the first half, and on a rare foray forward, Lars Olsen's team took a shock lead, midfielder Holst producing a cool finish after Niklas Moisander's misplaced pass left him with a sight of the target. It was hard on the visitors, but they quickly made amends after the interval, Riski finishing from inside the box after Teemu Pukki's ball found its way to him.

The Faroe Islands might have had the advantage again, with a Finnish defender slicing the ball off the underside of his own crossbar under pressure from Hallur Hansson, but Rosenborg BK attacker Riski turned the course of the match on 78 minutes, scoring after Nielsen could only block Pukki's attempt. The Finns then added some gloss to the result, Eremenko's bullet shot making it 3-1 with eight minutes remaining.