Finland claims first tourney win, beats Denmark, 1-0
Finland showed they have what it takes to play on the big stage of the Euro tourney by earning a win over one of the huge teams in Denmark, 1-0. The team stood up in what would have been a big win for Denmark and turned the tables to earn their clutch win in the contest as well.
A lot of analysts said Finland would be going out for an early exit in the Group Stages of the contest, but it seems the team has other plans aside from proving them all wrong. With their first win of the contest, it looks like there is going to be a build of pace for them in the long run.
Teams who have won their first game in the Group Stages are more likely to win than those who lose or end up with a draw. Finland's chances show that they can keep this going as long as they win more matches.
Finland has beaten the odds this time. Their goal was the only shot they had in the game. They were also held to just 30% with the ball while just making 283 passes for the whole match to go with 68% accuracy.
While Finland’s win is a huge feat to be happy with, the whole game was clouded by the incident with Denmark star Christian Eriksen in the first half. The game was still tied at zero goals and the star then fell to the ground before the medical staff came in at the Parken Stadium.
Denmark owned the whole game but could not make one of their 22 shots fall. Only six of those were on target and they held the ball for 70%. The team also had a total of 633 passes to account for 85% accuracy for the whole game.
Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand was in tears with both the loss and the status with Eriksen. Fans were shaken up as players were. Star captain Simon Kjaer did his best to help Eriksen that time.
‘It was a really tough evening, on which we've all been seen what the most important things in life are’, the coach said. ‘It's meaningful relationships. It's those people who are close to us. It's family and friends. Everything- all thoughts are with Christian and his family’.
It was 0-0 until Joel Pohjanpalo scored the goal for Finland in the 59th minute. Jere Uronen drove in the left wing and drew three defenders. Joel then cut his way to the spot before drilling the big shot.
The Danes later earned a penalty at the very least but could not score thanks to Lukas Hradecky’s big defence. There was no answer from the Danes as the Finns escaped with a big win.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores