Finland-Spain, (R), another view (report)

Finland-Spain, (R), another view (report)

Post by Jyrki Kimm » Sat, 04 Jun 1994 15:08:01


Finland       1 - 2 Spain           (1-2)

Jarvinen 17         Minambres 11
                    Salinas 15

Cautions:

Jarvinen (25)      Alkorta (61)

Ratina Stadium, Tampere. Attendance: 10251.

Finland: Antti Niemi; Jari Kinnunen, Aki Hyrylainen, Erkka Petaja,
Janne Makela; Tommi Paavola (60 Kim Suominen), Mika Aaltonen, Rami Rantanen
(60 Janne Lindberg), Petri Jarvinen; Jari Litmanen, Ari Hjelm

Spain: Andoni Zubizarreta (46 Jose Canizares); Alberto Ferrer,
Rafael Alkorta, Fernandez Abelardo, Francisco Camarasa; Juan Goikoetxea
(57 Aitor Beguiristain), Fernando Hierro, Josep Guardiola, Felipe Minambres;
Julen Guerrero (46 Salvador Voro), Julio Salinas (57 Juan Castano)

I read the other report of the game a few minutes ago. I have another
point of view...

I was sitting at one end of the stadium, obliquely behind Zubi's goal.
There were still a lot of people coming in as the game started,
although the stadium looked quite filled.

After the whistle blew, the Finns attacked fiercely, as if the Spanish defense
did not know there was a game going. I failed to see who launched the shot, but
anyway, it missed a little to the right side. After this, the Spaniards
woke up, and Finland was in trouble. Salinas and Minambres made runs
from the left, and the Finnish defensive line was not matched to their
speed.

At the 11th minute, Minambres found a nice cross from the right and headed
for the opening goal. A few minutes later, the Finnish defense made another
blunder, there was a shot that reflected down off the cross bar, and
Salinas easily scored from the goal line.

Finland started strong after that. Spain seemed to be content, although from
what had happened, I expected Finland to be down 6-0 by the end of first half.
Finland bore down from the left, and the Spanish defense put the ball out
from the sideline. Erkka Petaja concentrated for a beautiful throw-in
that found Petri Jarvinen who flicked the ball just over Zubizarreta's
hands to the far corner.

After this, the Finnish side's faith was restored, and many good chances
were created. Hjelm, Aaltonen, and Jarvinen all made shots which
Zubi only barely deflected or gathered with his body.

In the second half, the Finnish possession continued. Spain seemed confident
enough to hang on to their lead. They made a few substitutions including
Canizares for Zubizarreta at the half. Salinas and Goicoetxea were substituted
after 15 minutes in the second half, for Beguiristain and Castano. Spain
did have a few shots, and Beguiristain almost scored 5 minutes after
entering the field.

Finland could not create goals, however, although apparently they were
trying hard. Litmanen was left some room only in the midfield, but
he faced some rough treatment close to the box. One time he was
brought down within the box, but the referee gave a free kick from
just outside the box. That happens a lot.

Just before the end there was a dangerous shot at Niemi who deflected the ball
for a corner. Finland had about 8 corners, Spain 4.

Although the morning paper today complimented Finland's performance saying
we deserved a win, I would not say so. The Spanish team in all are big guys.
Only Hyrylainen is that tall, and at that, he is slow. The Spanish players
all could control the ball, and controlled the air at their end. Hjelm
and especially Litmanen could not create any contest in the air. In addition,
Spain was lacking a few from their World Cup squad. I missed seeing Bakero,
for instance. Spain was frightfully effective in the first quarter, and
they proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the WC '94.

All in all, this was the closest we could get to witnessing some
World Cup atmosphere, seeing a good team prepare for USA. I was happy
to be at the stadium, making waves with my family, a few kids from
our neighborhood, and a few boys from the team I coach. This was
certainly the best football I will see in my town this year. Despite
my negative angle compared to the morning press and the other review
of the game, I still think Finland has a good chance against Scotland, and
as well, against the rest of our EC '96 qualifying group!

Jyrki
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Finland-Spain, (R), another view (report)

Post by Marko Poutiain » Sun, 05 Jun 1994 00:38:32

: I read the other report of the game a few minutes ago. I have another
: point of view...

Nice to hear them. One point: I was watching the match from TV, and they
didn't show all of the first half, only about 20 mins.

: did not know there was a game going. I failed to see who launched the shot, but

It was Rami Rantanen.

: After this, the Finnish side's faith was restored, and many good chances
: were created. Hjelm, Aaltonen, and Jarvinen all made shots which
: Zubi only barely deflected or gathered with his body.

None of these were shown...

: Although the morning paper today complimented Finland's performance saying
: we deserved a win, I would not say so. The Spanish team in all are big guys.
: Only Hyrylainen is that tall, and at that, he is slow. The Spanish players
: all could control the ball, and controlled the air at their end. Hjelm
: and especially Litmanen could not create any contest in the air. In addition,

Interesting...I totally disagree with you, and propably Jukka Vakkila does,
too. He said little before the end of the match, that Jarvinen propably
didn't loose one high ball to Spain, and that Hjelm was very good in the
air as well. Shame I didn't record the match...

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                                                -Groucho Marx