Euro 2016 Qualifying (Group stage) Match Preview: Finland vs. Greece

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Updated: October 7, 2014
Finland

Match Date: 11 October 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Olympiastadion, Helsinki

(Featured image: Finland | Source: mtv.fi)

 

Finland and Greece’s last six meetings in all competitions have resulted in the latter winning the majority of the battles with four triumphs. Quite inevitably, Finland also scored fewer goals on a collective count.

 

Finland

Finland successfully made a turnaround of their goal deficit at the first half of their battle against the initially very defensive Faroe Islands. The side displayed character and in the words of coach Mixu Paatelainen, they “deserve credit for that.” Christian Holst opened the scoring and Faroe Islands were the apparent top dogs by the end of the first. However, Finland started rallying their way to victory at the kick-off of the second period. Riku Riski scored a double and Roman Eremenko made it 1-3 for Huuhkajat.

 

“I was twice in the right place at the right time and of course the goals taste good,” said Riski on his team’s hard-fought triumph against their foes. “However, the most important thing was to win. We had our chances in the first half, but were forced to win the hard way.”

 

Greece

The Greeks debuted in the Group stage of the Euro 2016 qualifications with zero points under their belt. They succumbed to Romania on a one-goal clean sheet. Despite the relatively good defense, Greece made numerous lame efforts to convert chances.

 

“It was a bad day at the office, but we will learn from it,” expressed defender Kostas Manolas. “We didn’t create chances and nothing really worked for us. Our qualification is not in danger, though.”

 

Sports betting tip: Finland and Greece will share the points.