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Northern Ireland top despite Finland equaliser

Published: Sunday 11 October 2015, 19.50CET
Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland clinched first place in a UEFA EURO qualifying group for the first time but were denied victory by a late Paulus Arajuuri equaliser.
by Mikael Erävuori
from Helsinki Olympic Stadium

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Match statistics

FinlandNorthern Ireland

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts9
 
7
on target6
 
3
off target3
 
1
blocked0
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
4
Fouls suffered4
 
9

Standings

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
Last updated: 17/11/2017 10:10 CET
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Published: Sunday 11 October 2015, 19.50CET

Northern Ireland top despite Finland equaliser

Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland clinched first place in a UEFA EURO qualifying group for the first time but were denied victory by a late Paulus Arajuuri equaliser.

  • Qualifiers Northern Ireland top Group F with point in Finland
  • Craig Cathcart's header cancelled out in 87th minute by Paulus Arajuuri
  • Finland finish fourth

Northern Ireland made history by clinching top spot in a UEFA EURO qualifying group for the first time but had to settle for a point in Finland after a late Paulus Arajuuri equaliser.

Following a quiet start, the visitors – who qualified on Thursday by beating Greece – had the first chance when Stuart Dallas picked up the ball from the Finland defence, but Lukas Hradecky did well to save. Finland captain Tim Sparv then shot fiercely just off target and, soon after, Kyle Lafferty was unable to control as he sought an eighth qualifying goal.

Despite that miss, Northern Ireland went ahead on 31 minutes, Craig Cathcart's header from Paddy McNair's cross leaving Hradecky no chance. Finland created a couple of half chances before the interval and began the second period brightly too, Joel Pohjanpalo shooting narrowly over from ten metres.

The visitors were playing without risk and seemed set for victory, only for centre-back Paulus Arajuuri to shoot in with three minutes to go. Still, Northern Ireland can look forward to their finals bow in France.

Last updated: 13/10/15 0.02CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014052/postmatch/report/index.html#northern+ireland+finish

Lineups

Finland

Finland

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

1
HradeckyLukas Hradecky (GK)
1
McGovernMichael McGovern (GK)
2
ArajuuriPaulus Arajuuri
Goal87
4
McAuleyGareth McAuley
5
JalastoVille Jalasto
6
BairdChris Baird
6
SchüllerRasmus Schüller
Substitution79
7
McGinnNiall McGinn
Substitution71
7
OjalaJuhani Ojala
8
S. DavisSteven Davis (C)
9
SadikBerat Sadik
Substitution66
10
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution79
14
SparvTim Sparv (C)
11
BruntChris Brunt
16
MattilaSakari Mattila
14
DallasStuart Dallas
18
UronenJere Uronen
16
NorwoodOliver Norwood
19
RingAlexander Ring
Substitution44
17
McNairPaddy McNair
Substitution51
20
PohjanpaloJoel Pohjanpalo
20
CathcartCraig Cathcart
Goal31

Substitutes

12
MäenpääNiki Mäenpää (GK)
23
MannusAlan Mannus (GK)
23
JoronenJesse Joronen (GK)
12
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
3
MoisanderNiklas Moisander
2
C. McLaughlinConor McLaughlin
Substitution51
4
ToivioJoona Toivio
3
FergusonShane Ferguson
Substitution71
10
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution66
5
McCulloughLuke McCullough
11
LodRobin Lod
Substitution44
9
McKayBilly McKay
13
ArkivuoKari Arkivuo
13
R. McLaughlinRyan McLaughlin
17
LamThomas Lam
15
McCourtPaddy McCourt
21
HämäläinenKasper Hämäläinen
Substitution79
18
ReevesBen Reeves
22
RaitalaJukka Raitala
19
WardJamie Ward
21
MagennisJosh Magennis
Substitution79
22
BoyceLiam Boyce

Coach

Markku Kanerva (FIN) Michael O'Neill (NIR)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Igor Demeshko (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Sergei Ivanov (RUS)

Legend:

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