Friday October 7, 2011 Group Stage: Group E Finished Olympiastadion Helsinki

Finland 1 - 2 Sweden

  • Toivio 73’
  • Larsson 8’
  • Olsson 52’

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    Time:90'
    • Finland
    • Sweden
    • 90+4' FULL TIME. Goals from Seb Larsson and Martin Olsson ensure Sweden will be in the play-offs, leaving Hungary disappointed. Technically they can still take first place from Netherlands, but a point for the Oranje against Moldova in the 7.30pm kick-off will put an end to that talk.
    • 90' We will have three minutes of added time in Helsinki. Sweden are on the brink of confirming a play-off place.
    • 73' GOAL! Finland 1-2 Sweden! Joona Toivio turns the ball home on the volley when meeting a quite delightful cross from Eremenko, who sends the ball in with the outside of his boot. That may have been an own goal though as defenders were in close attendance.
    • 54' Just to reiterate, if Sweden win tonight they will secure a play-off spot. They could even take top spot but that would require Netherlands losing both of their two remaining games. They have won all eight to date, ensuring at the very least they will be the best runners-up and that they are going to the finals next summer. Euro 2012: What can happen
    • 52' GOAL! 2-0 Sweden! Blackburn Rovers' own Martin Olsson doubles the Swedes' lead. Larsson delivers a cross from the right and Lukas Hradecky does well to save from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Unfortunately for Finland, though, Olsson is there to convert the rebound.
    • 46' KICK OFF! The second half is underway in Helsinki.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Sunderland's Seb Larsson has Sweden in front but Finland have been menacing at times. As things stand, Sweden will be guaranteed a play-off place.
    • 38' Kim Kallstrom unleashes a fierce free-kick from 35 yards for Sweden but Vayrynen gets his head to the ball and glances it over the bar. Sweden still in control, just about.
    • 34' Roman Eremenko produces a fine effort from 20 yards but Isaksson is equal to it when dropping to his feet and saving at his left-hand post.
    • 21' Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic meets a Rasmus Elm corner with a run towards the near post but his header floats off target. Sweden will want a second goal to enjoy some breathing space.
    • 18' Teemu Pukki almost scores a sensational effort from long range for Finland but Andreas Isaksson helps it over the bar.
    • 12' That goal in Helsinki from Larsson means Sweden are in firm control of their destiny. Remember, a win today guarantees they will have a play-off spot. If Netherlands lose to Moldova at home (which they won't) then Sweden have a chance of taking top spot.
    • 8' GOAL! 1-0 Sweden! Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson races onto a clever ball over the top and puts the ball away with a composed finish.
    • 6' A great chance for Finland! Mika Vayrynen beats a static offside trap to meet a lofted ball over the top and puts his side-footed volley over the bar.
    • 5' Just as a further pointer for the Sweden game: they can still finish top of Group E if they win their two remaining games and Netherlands lose both of theirs. In that scenario, Netherlands will qualify as the best second-placed team in any case.
    • 1' KICK OFF! We are underway in Helsinki. Remember, a win for Sweden here guarantees them second place as they have a game in hand and a superior head-to-head record over Hungary.
    • - Sweden are second in Group E, behind Netherlands who have already qualified, and level with Hungary on 18 points. With a game in hand and a superior head-to-head record over Hungary, a win against Finland will give Sweden a play-off place. It is not impossible that they may yet top the group.
    • - TEAMS: Finland: Hradecky, Moisander, Toivio, Arkivuo, Raitala, Vayrynen, Eremenko, Sparv, Ring, Hamalainen, Pukki. Subs: Fredrikson, Sjolund, Forssell, Riski, Halsti, Furuholm, Arajuuri. /// Sweden: Isaksson, Lustig, Mellberg, Majstorovic, Martin Olsson, Larsson, Kallstrom, Wilhelmsson, Elm, Ibrahimovic, Elmander. Subs: Wiland, Bajrami, Svensson, Hysen, Bengtsson, Jonas Olsson, Toivonen.
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  • Finland

    Manager: Mixu Paatelainen

  • Sweden

    Manager: Erik Hamrén

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