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Women's EURO 2022: Spain vs Finland match facts, stats, ones to watch

Two former UEFA Women's EURO semi-finalists meet as Group B gets under way when Spain take on Finland in Milton Keynes.

Irene Paredes scored in Spain's April 2018 meeting with Finland
Irene Paredes scored in Spain's April 2018 meeting with Finland UEFA via Getty Images

Spain vs Finland: Head-to-head

  • Finland have never beaten Spain in their seven previous meetings (D2 L5).
  • These sides are facing each other for the first time since being paired together in 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying. Spain won 2-0 in Helsinki in April 2018, Irene Paredes scoring the opener; Tuija Hyyrynen was sent off late on for the hosts. La Roja ran out 5-1 winners in the return fixture in Santander four months later, Linda Sällström having briefly restored parity for the visitors.
  • Spain have won their last four games against Finland, scoring 14 goals and conceding just two.
  • The only time Finland have avoided defeat in a competitive fixture against Spain came in a 2007 Women's World Cup qualifier, a 0-0 draw in Pozoblanco in May 2006.
  • Spain have been victorious in five of the six encounters since the teams' first meeting, a 2-2 friendly draw in Gran Canaria in February 2005.
  • Both sides are competing at their fourth EURO and both reached the semi-finals on debut but are yet to return to the last four.
  • La Roja have successfully negotiated the group stage in each of their three previous EURO appearances but are yet to win a knockout match in the finals, going out in the quarter-finals in the last two tournaments after reaching the last four in 1997.
  • Finland will be hoping to replicate their performance the last time this competition was hosted on English soil, when they were beaten at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Germany in 2005. A last-eight defeat at the hands of England followed four years later, before they finished bottom of their group on their last appearance in 2013.
  • Spain topped Group D in qualifying for this tournament, scoring 48 goals – level with Denmark and the Netherlands as the joint highest total overall – and conceding just once. The 0-0 draw against Poland in Lublin in November 2019 was the only time Jorge Vilda's side dropped points in their eight-game campaign.
  • Finland won seven of their eight qualifying fixtures as they clinched top spot in Group E. The 1-1 draw away to Portugal in November 2019, in which Sällström's 90th-minute equaliser rescued a point, was the only game in which they failed to pick up three points.
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Ones to watch: Spain

Spain's Aitana Bonmatí
Spain's Aitana BonmatíAFP via Getty Images

Aitana Bonmatí

  • The 24-year-old scored six times in qualifying, behind only Jenni Hermoso (ten goals) and Esther González (eight) in the Spain rankings.
  • Bonmatí was one of four Spain players to feature in all eight EURO 2022 qualifiers, along with Mariona Caldentey, Patricia Guijarro and Alexia Putellas.
  • The midfielder's first senior international goal came in England, a 2-1 friendly defeat against the home side in Swindon in April 2019.
  • The Barcelona player scored a career-best 18 club goals in 2021/22, including a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory at Rayo Vallecano on 8 May.

Irene Paredes

  • The Spain captain has scored three international goals against Finland, including two in the 5-0 victory in qualifying for EURO 2017.
  • The defender jointly holds the Spanish record for most EURO finals starts with eight, level with Silvia Meseguer and Marta Torrejón.
  • Paredes made her international debut in a 4-0 EURO 2013 qualifying win away to Romania in November 2011.
  • The centre-back claimed the league and cup double in her first season with Barcelona in 2021/22 having joined the Blaugranes after five years at Paris Saint-Germain.

Alexia Putellas

  • The 28-year-old is one of five players, including Irene Paredes, to have made the most EURO finals appearances for Spain with eight.
  • The attacking midfielder came on to score an added-time winner in Spain's 3-2 group stage victory against England at EURO 2013, her first competitive appearance for her country.
  • In October 2021 Putellas won her 91st cap to to become Spain's all-time leading appearance maker, overtaking Marta Torrejón's previous mark.
  • The Barcelona player was named the UEFA Women's Champions League Player of the Season for 2021/22 on 23 May after ending the campaign as the competition's leading scorer with 11 goals.

Ones to watch: Finland

Finland's Sanni Franssi
Finland's Sanni FranssiUEFA via Getty Images

Sanni Franssi

  • The 27-year-old scored ten league goals for Real Sociedad in 2021/22 as they secured second place in the Primera División and UEFA Women's Champions League qualification for the first time.
  • The forward is a club-mate of Spain pair Amaiur Sarriegi and Nerea Eizagirre, and scored past La Roja goalkeepers Sandra Paños and Misa Rodríguez in the league this season.
  • Franssi moved to Spain in 2020 following a two-year spell with Denmark's Fortuna Hjørring, where she won a league title and the Danish Women's Cup.
  • The attacker featured in all eight of Finland's EURO 2022 qualifiers, scoring her only goal in the home win against Albania in October 2019.

Linda Sällström

  • The 33-year-old appeared in all of Finland's four matches as they reached the EURO 2009 quarter-finals, scoring in the last-eight defeat by England in Turku.
  • The striker missed out on the EURO 2013 squad due to a serious knee injury.
  • Sällström scored ten goals in the EURO 2022 qualification campaign, only Belgium's Tine De Caigny (12) managing more.
  • The forward is Finland's all-time leading scorer with 50 goals, having overtaken Laura Österberg Kalmari's tally of 41 with four against Albania in qualifying for this tournament in October 2019.

Anna Westerlund

  • The 33-year-old played every minute of Finland's 2013 EURO finals campaign having featured in three of their four matches as they reached the last eight in 2009.
  • Westerlund was one of three Finnish players to be ever-present in their EURO 2022 qualification campaign, along with Tinja-Riikka Korpela and Natalia Kuikka.
  • The defender became Finland's leading appearance maker in April 2021, winning her 131st cap in the friendly draw with Austria; she is now on 137.
  • The centre-back made her Finland debut back in January 2008 in a 2-0 defeat against China in Guangzhou.
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