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Ergebnis: 0:2 (0:1)
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“Last train to Clockswille….”
On Saturday, June 2, ”baseline” headed towards the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, together with a good friend from the fifties. The Stadium had seen Yugoslavia win Olympic silver medal in 1952 being defeated by Hungary by 2-0 in the final. To day Finland was supposed to regain its position in the top of Group A in the EURO 2008 qualifiers by defeating Serbia - former Yugoslavia. Finland had lost its good position in the Group A by being defeated by Azerbaijan by 1-0 away in March. But, so what? No one is perfect. To day the sun was shining and over 30000 fans were heading noisily for the Stadium to give their full support to the Finnish team.
Kick off at 19:15 was almost immediately followed by a long shot from Mikael Forssell, missing the goal. This was a promising start. The shock came in less than three minutes, when Bosko Jankovic scored 1-0 for Serbia. Finland recovered rather fast, and created a few goal opportunities until Teemu Tainio was injured and was replaced by Joonas Kolkka. During the rest of the first half Finland was able to put some pressure on the Serbian keeper Stojkovic, but without result.
Starting the second half the Serbs were trying to repeat their rush from the beginning of the game. The Finnish keeper Jääskeläinen was not taken by surprise this time. At 60 minutes Serbia exchanges Marko Pantelic for Milan Javonovic and three minutes later Jonatan Johansson replaces Mikael Forssell. At 70 minutes the Finnish coach, Roy Hodgson, sends in Jari Litmanen with the fans standing up cheering. Litmanen replaces Shefki Kuki.
Sami Hyypiä from Liverpool is now moving up in striker position and Finland is attacking aggressively. Hyypiä takes a yellow card, and cannot play in the next game. At this point Serbia finds an opening and the guy from the reserve bench, Milan Javonovic, scores the second goal for Serbia at 86 minutes and the game is practically over.
The referee Manual Mejuto Gonzales of Spain, allowed rather rough tactics.
On Wednesday, June 6, Finland will play against Belgium. This will definitely be the last train to catch for a trip to the EURO 2008 Championship finals.
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