Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Finland | 2021 - UEFA Nations League | 2030003

UEFA Nations LeagueGroup Stage | Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
6 September 2020 - 17:00 (local time)

Republic of Ireland 0 - 1 Finland

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REPORT | Ireland 0-1 Finland - Jensen goal seals win

Ireland didn't make their chances count as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Finland at the Aviva Stadium.
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6th Sep 2020

Ireland dominated much of the game but were punished for a mistake at the back in the second-half as substitute Fredrik Jensen scored the only goal of the game.

Finland should have taken the lead in the first 10 minutes of the game as Teemu Pukki was found in space on the edge of the area but his effort was well saved by Darren Randolph.

Ireland had their first chance of the game just four minutes later as Callum O'Dowda's low cross was only half-cleared to Harry Arter and his 20-yard shot was well saved.

Ireland dominated possession in the first-half but couldn't muster many chances as John Egan's header was deflected over from a Robbie Brady free-kick in the 39th minute.

Ten minutes into the second-half, Ireland should have taken the lead. Finland lost the ball high up the pitch and Adam Idah found Aaron Connolly in the area but he could only hit the side netting.

O'Dowda curled an effort wide two minutes later before Finland took the lead. Jensen had just been substituted onto the pitch when Robert Taylor found him at the back-post with the perfect cross to give the away side the lead in the 64th minute.

Ireland responded really well and had a number of chances to level. Matt Doherty's cross not only missed substitute David McGoldrick but also Connolly at the back post who failed to convert.

Seconds later, Ireland won the ball high up the pitch again and saw McGoldrick have his effort deflected and saved.

The chances kept coming. In the 70th minute, Doherty found substitute Callum Robinson on the right side of the area but the keeper made himself big and made an impressive save to deny Ireland once again.

In the final five minutes, Ireland pinned Finland in their own penalty box and had a number of chances. First, Harry Arter's curling effort was deflected wide and from the resulting corner, Shane Duffy headed over the bar in the 88th minute.

It proved to be the final chance of the game for Ireland who suffer defeat in the UEFA Nations League.

Ireland: Darren Randolph (GK), Enda Stevens, Shane Duffy (C), John Egan, Matt Doherty, Robbie Brady, Callum O'Dowda (Callum Robinson 59), Aaron Connolly (James McClean 77), Adam Idah (David McGoldrick 66), Harry Arter, Jayson Molumby.
Finland: Lukas Hradecky (GK), Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Juhani Ojala, Leo Väisänen, Glen Kamara, Robert Taylor, Teemu Pukki, Tim Sparv (C), Nikolai Alho, Joel Pohjanpalo (Fredrik Jensen 63), Nicholas Hämäläinen.
Referee: Fabio Maresca (ITL)

Tactical Lineups

Republic of Ireland

23 Randolph (G) 3 Stevens 4 Duffy (C) 5 Egan 7 Doherty 10 Brady 15 O'Dowda 17 Connolly 19 Idah 20 Arter 22 Molumby

Finland

1 Hradecky (G) 2 D. O'Shaughnessy 4 Ojala 5 Väisänen 6 Kamara 8 Taylor 10 Pukki 14 Sparv (C) 17 Alho 20 Pohjanpalo 22 Hämäläinen

Substitutes

  • 12 Jesse Joronen (G)
  • 23 Anssi Jaakkola (G)
  • 3 Albin Granlund
  • 7 Santeri Hostikka
  • 9 Fredrik Jensen
  • 11 Ilmari Niskanen
  • 13 Pyry Soiri
  • 15 Jasse Tuominen
  • 16 Thomas Lam
  • 18 Jere Uronen
  • 19 Joni Kauko
  • 21 Rasmus Karjalainen

Officials

  • Referee Fabio Maresca
  • Assistant Referee Ciro Carbone
  • Assistant Referee Giorgio Peretti
  • 4th Referee Marco Guida
  • Uefa Delegate Oleg Harlamov
  • Referee Observer Uno Tutk
  • Martin O'boyle
  • Patrick Whelan

Minute by Minute Commentary

  • The match is under way.
  • 2" Adam Idah (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 2" Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 3" Robert Taylor (Finland) takes the corner.
  • 9" Teemu Pukki (Finland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 9" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 13" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 13" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 18" Tim Sparv (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland).
  • 18" Matt Doherty (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 21" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) delivers the corner.
  • 21" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 21" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 21" Teemu Pukki (Finland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 21" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 22" Robert Taylor (Finland) takes the corner.
  • 22" Juhani Ojala (Finland) misses the target.
  • 26" Joel Pohjanpalo (Finland) misses the target.
  • 27" Robert Taylor (Finland) delivers the corner.
  • 28" Tim Sparv (Finland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland).
  • 28" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 30" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) fouls.
  • 30" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 32" Robert Taylor (Finland) is adjudged to be in an offside position.
  • 32" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 33" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) is flagged for offside.
  • 33" Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 36" Nikolai Alho (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland).
  • 36" Enda Stevens (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 38" Leo Väisänen (Finland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on @@player2 (@@team2).
  • 39" John Egan (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 39" Nicholas Hämäläinen (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 40" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • The referee blows for half-time.
  • The second half begins.
  • 47" Nikolai Alho (Finland) fouls.
  • 48" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 50" Glen Kamara (Finland) is penalised for a foul on Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland).
  • 51" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 51" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 55" Robert Taylor (Finland) delivers the corner.
  • 56" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 57" Callum O'Dowda (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 59" Callum Robinson (in) - Callum O'Dowda (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 60" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 63" Fredrik Jensen (in) - Joel Pohjanpalo (out) (Finland)
  • 64" Fredrik Jensen (Finland) scores!
  • 66" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) gives away a free-kick for a challenge on Leo Väisänen (Finland).
  • 66" David McGoldrick (in) - Adam Idah (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 66" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) is cautioned by the referee.
  • 66" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) takes the free-kick.
  • 68" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 68" Juhani Ojala (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 68" Fredrik Jensen (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 68" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 69" Aaron Connolly (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 69" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 70" Callum Robinson (Republic of Ireland) has an effort on goal.
  • 70" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 72" Teemu Pukki (Finland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 72" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 77" Robert Taylor (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 77" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 77" James McClean (in) - Aaron Connolly (out) (Republic of Ireland)
  • 77" Robert Taylor (Finland) takes the corner.
  • 77" Nikolai Alho (Finland) misses the target.
  • 79" Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Finland) misses the target.
  • 79" Jere Uronen (in) - Nicholas Hämäläinen (out) (Finland)
  • 81" Teemu Pukki (Finland) misses the target.
  • 82" Jayson Molumby (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 83" Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Finland) fouls.
  • 83" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) takes the free-kick.
  • 85" Nikolai Alho (Finland) has an effort on goal.
  • 85" Darren Randolph (Republic of Ireland) blocks a shot.
  • 85" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) is shown a yellow card.
  • 86" Robert Taylor (Finland) delivers the corner.
  • 88" Harry Arter (Republic of Ireland) has a shot blocked.
  • 88" Leo Väisänen (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • 88" Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) takes the corner.
  • 88" Shane Duffy (Republic of Ireland) misses the target.
  • 89" Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Finland) is booked.
  • 90+1" Rasmus Karjalainen (in) - Teemu Pukki (out) (Finland)
  • 90+2" David McGoldrick (Republic of Ireland) has an attempt on goal.
  • 90+2" Lukas Hradecky (Finland) blocks a shot.
  • The final whistle is blown.

Match Statistics

  • Republic of Ireland
  • Finland

Corners Won

3 6

Shots on Target

5 7

Shots off Target

6 5

Fouls Committed

2 7
  • Republic of Ireland

    Finland

  • 0Goals1
  • 2Yellow Card(s)1
  • 0Red Card(s)0
  • 5Shots on Goal7
  • 6Shots Wide5
  • 3Shot(s) Blocked0
  • 6Save(s)8
  • 14Total Shots12
  • 2Fouls Committed7
  • 3Corner(s)6
  • 2Offside(s)1