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Finland fire four past Moldova

Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 21.36CET
Finland 4-1 Moldova
Kasper Hämäläinen struck twice before the break as Mixu Paatelainen enjoyed his home debut as Finland coach in Group E.
by Mikael Erävuori
Finland fire four past Moldova
Mikael Forssell scores Finland's third against Moldova from the penalty spot ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FinlandMoldova

Goals scored4
 
1
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts19
 
4
Attempts on target9
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
3
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
0
Offsides3
 
5
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
9
Fouls suffered6
 
8

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 2 September 2011, 21.36CET

Finland fire four past Moldova

Finland 4-1 Moldova
Kasper Hämäläinen struck twice before the break as Mixu Paatelainen enjoyed his home debut as Finland coach in Group E.

Mixu Paatelainen's first home game as Finland coach went to plan as his side earned a comfortable UEFA EURO 2012 Group E victory against Moldova.

Kasper Hämäläinen struck twice before the break and any lingering nerves evaporated after Mikael Forssell made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute. Igor Armaş's own goal piled on the misery for Gavril Balint's visitors, with substitute Serghei Alexeev's late goal scant consolation.

Finland started as they meant to go on, and were on the scorewheet on 11 minutes, with Forssell flicking on Roman Eremenko's corner for Hämäläinen to nod past Nicolae Calancea. The Finns had a scare when Alexandru Suvorov's free-kick arrowed just wide, but Forssell then drove a shot against the post before Djurgårdens IF midfielder Hämäläinen raced through to convert from Daniel Sjölund's neat ball.

A foul on defender Kari Arkivuo after half-time prompted a penalty, which Forssell slotted in, and Eremenko produced his second assist of the night to make it 4-0, with the unfortunate Armaş heading the FC Rubin Kazan man's ball past his own keeper. Alexeev's 20-metre finish took a little of the gloss off the result, but Paatelainen – who took charge in March – had little cause for regret.

Last updated: 06/12/12 2.57CET

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Lineups

Finland

Finland

Moldova

Moldova

1
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
12
CalanceaNicolae Calancea (GK)
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
2
ArmaşIgor Armaş
Goal70
4
ToivioJoona Toivio
3
GolovatencoVictor Golovatenco
7
R. EremenkoRoman Eremenko
4
BoreţVadim Boreţ
8
P. HetemajPerparim Hetemaj
Yellow Card83
5
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu (C)
Yellow Card67
9
ForssellMikael Forssell
Goal52
8
CebotaruEugeniu Cebotaru
Yellow Card68
13
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
9
OvseannicovGheorghe Ovseannicov
Substitution69
16
SjölundDaniel Sjölund
Substitution61
15
DoroşAnatolie Doroş
Yellow Card51
Substitution55
19
RingAlexander Ring
Substitution72
16
SuvorovAlexandru Suvorov
Yellow Card47
Substitution55
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Goal11
Goal43
Substitution77
17
SavinovAlexei Savinov
22
RaitalaJukka Raitala
18
ZmeuDenis Zmeu

Substitutes

12
WallénVille Wallén (GK)
1
GaiducheviciArtiom Gaiduchevici (GK)
2
PasanenPetri Pasanen
6
RacuPetru Racu
6
VäyrynenMika Väyrynen
Substitution72
7
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
10
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution61
10
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev
Substitution69
Goal85
14
SparvTim Sparv
11
ErhanIulian Erhan
15
HalstiMarkus Halsti
13
CheptineAnatoli Cheptine
Substitution55
20
FuruholmTimo Furuholm
Substitution77
14
BordianVitalie Bordian
Substitution55

Coach

Mixu Paatelainen (FIN) Pele Balint (ROU)

Referee

Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

Assistant referees

Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE), Christos Akrivos (GRE)

Fourth official

Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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