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Riski in business as Finland outstrip Faroese

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 23.30CET
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.
by Hans Pauli Joensen

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Match statistics

Faroe IslandsFinland

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)33
 
67
Total attempts9
 
23
on target5
 
13
off target2
 
7
blocked2
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
9
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
11
Fouls suffered11
 
11

Standings

Published: Sunday 7 September 2014, 23.30CET

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.

• 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.

Last updated: 03/06/15 5.01CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013818/postmatch/report/index.html#riski+rescues+finland

Lineups

Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands

Finland

Finland

1
NielsenGunnar Nielsen (GK)
1
MäenpääNiki Mäenpää (GK)
2
NaesJónas Tór Naes
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander (C)
3
V. DavidsenViljormur Davidsen
4
ToivioJoona Toivio
4
O. FaerøOdmar Faerø
7
EremenkoRoman Eremenko
Goal82
5
NattestadRagnar Nattestad
Yellow Card80
8
P. HetemajPerparim Hetemaj
Yellow Card37
6
HanssonHallur Hansson
Yellow Card49
10
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution88
7
BenjaminsenFródi Benjaminsen (C)
11
RiskiRiku Riski
Goal53
Goal78
8
JakobsenRóaldur Jakobsen
Yellow Card51
Substitution55
13
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
9
SørensenGilli Sørensen
Substitution76
14
SparvTim Sparv
10
HolstChristian Holst
Goal41
18
UronenJere Uronen
Substitution75
11
KlettskardPáll Klettskard
Substitution46
19
RingAlexander Ring

Substitutes

12
GestssonTeitur Gestsson (GK)
12
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
23
ThomsenTórdur Thomsen (GK)
23
JoronenJesse Joronen (GK)
13
P. JustinussenPól Jóhannus Justinussen
2
SorsaSebastian Sorsa
14
JonssonÁri Jonsson
Substitution76
5
RaitalaJukka Raitala
15
BaldvinssonRógvi Baldvinsson
Substitution55
6
OjalaJuhani Ojala
16
EdmundssonJóan Edmundsson
Substitution46
Yellow Card81
9
MarkkanenEero Markkanen
Substitution75
17
K. OlsenKlæmint Olsen
15
MattilaSakari Mattila
18
HendrikssonBrandur Hendriksson
16
HeikkiläTapio Heikkilä
19
BartalsstovuKaj Bartalsstovu
17
KaukoJoni Kauko
20
Jóhan DavidsenJóhan Davidsen
20
PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
Substitution88
21
A. HansenArnbjørn Hansen
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
22
B. HansenBárdur Hansen
22
ForsellPetteri Forsell

Coach

Lars Olsen (DEN) Mixu Paatelainen (FIN)

Referee

Lee Evans (WAL)

Assistant referees

Philip Thomas (WAL), Lewiss Edwards (WAL)

Fourth official

Daniel Beckett (WAL)

Additional assistant referees

Mark Whitby (WAL), Huw Jones (WAL)

Legend:

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