Euro 2008 Qualification: Finland defeats Kazakhstan 2-1 in Euro 2008 qualifier

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Finland has defeated Kazakhstan 2-1 in a home qualifying game for Euro 2008 championship. 13,000 people attended the match, which was refereed by Hungarian Viktor Kassai.

Finland had taken the lead as early as the 13th minute with a goal from Alexei Eremenko. This was equalised by Kazakhstan in the 23rd minute by a header from Dimitriy Byakov, taking Finland goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen by surprise.

Finland continued to have the main possession of the ball, but were continually thwarted by Kazakhstan goalkeeper David Loriya, only scoring again in the 59th minute. The goal came from Tottenham midfielder Teemu Tainio.

The win gives Finland, who are playing in group A, a total of 17 points, bringing them two behind group leaders Poland.