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1 vs 1
Played
March 22, 2013 10:45 PM EAT
Estadio Municipal El Molinón — Gijón
Referee:‬ O. Hațegan‎
Attendance:‬ 27637‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spain 1-1 Finland

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at El Molinon, where la Roja suffered a rare and frustrating failure as they were held to a point

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Víctor Valdés
    2
    6
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    A spectator for the entirety of the game, apart from the moment when he had to pick Pukki's effort out of the back of his own net.

  • Arbeloa
    3
    6
    2.00

    Arbeloa Flop of the Match

    Camped in the opposition half for most of the game, but never offered anything in an attacking sense – Alba on the opposite flank was a much more attractive option in that regard.

  • Jordi Alba
    4
    3
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    A source of some much needed directness for the home side as he was often able to beat his opposite number Toivio on the wings. But he hardly had a target to aim for as no-one in red seemed in any hurry to attack the ball, and as a result, was often forced to play it safer.

  • Piqué
    3
    5
    3.50

    Piqué

    Like the rest of the back four, the Barcelona defender hardly needed to get out of second gear, as the service rarely ever arrived for the likes of Pukki up front for the visitors. Sometimes drifted forward and combined nicely with the midfield.

  • Sergio Ramos
    8
    5
    4.00

    Sergio Ramos

    He did everything to make sure that his 100th international appearance was a memorable one, as he was never seriously tested defensively, and came up trumps at the other end with a header from a corner to break the deadlock.

  • Busquets
    1
    5
    3.50

    Busquets

    It was quite easy for him to help snuff out the isolated threat from a virtually non-existent Finland attack. Most of his energies were spent on recycling possession, and positioning himself as a safe passing option for his teammates to reset the attack.

  • Santi Cazorla
    4
    6
    2.50

    Santi Cazorla

    At the end of two of Spain’s better chances in the first half, forcing Manepaa into a save before blasting over the bar with another opening. Did not last beyond the interval as he was replaced by Pedro.

  • David Silva
    5
    7
    3.50

    David Silva

    Involved in plenty of eye-catching moments and combinations in the attacking third, and set up Ramos for Spain's goal with a precise corner.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    4
    4
    2.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    It never quite happened for him in a false nine role tonight, as his natural tendencies to drop deep and accept the ball at his feet did not offer Spain any kind of route behind the defence.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    5
    4
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    It was impossible for Finland to get the ball off him, as he glided across the attacking third with ease. Plenty of quick turns and short passes to free his teammates in space, but unfortunately, they often decided to continue the buildup rather than have a got at goal.

  • David Villa
    2
    4
    3.00

    David Villa

    A reasonably efficient cog in the attack, but he was too far from goal, and one could not help but feel that his efforts would have been better served playing on the shoulder of the last defender.

Substitutions

  • Negredo
    3
    3
    3.50

    Negredo

    Offered Spain the presence in the box that they had been crying out for all game, and nearly won them the match with two late opportunities that went close.

  • Pedro
    2
    3
    3.00

    Pedro

    Slotted nicely into the attack, but did not offer much cutting edge.

  • Niki Maenpaa
    7
    0
    3.00

    Niki Maenpaa

    Made some decent saves against the likes of Iniesta and Cazorla, and could do little for Ramos' goal.

  • Jukka Raitala
    4
    0
    2.50

    Jukka Raitala

    Had a hard time containing Silva when the Manchester City man elected to cut infield, and was not much of an obstacle.

  • Joona Toivio
    4
    0
    2.50

    Joona Toivio

    Alba was often able to beat him for pace on the flanks, as he often came off second best when faced with a one-on-one.

  • Kari Arkivou
    6
    1
    2.50

    Kari Arkivou

    Found it hard to establish a foothold in the game, as Spain simply did not let go of the ball.

  • Niklas Moisander
    7
    0
    3.50

    Niklas Moisander

    Often on hand to make a needed block or clearance, and it was his marshaling of the defence that played a key role in the result.

  • Alexander Ring
    6
    0
    3.50

    Alexander Ring

    A good two-way performance, as he did a lot of dirty work in midfield, and was involved during the rare moments when Finland advanced out of their own half.

  • Kasper Hamalainen
    4
    0
    2.50

    Kasper Hamalainen

    Had virtually no opportunity to threaten on the wing, and was forced into defensive work for most of his time on the field.

  • Perparim Hetemaj
    7
    0
    2.50

    Perparim Hetemaj

    Little more than an extra body to provide another deterrent in front of his penalty area, but did the job that was required of him.

  • Roman Eremenko
    4
    0
    2.50

    Roman Eremenko

    At the end of one of FInland's few chances with a long range shot that went a little too close for comfort for Victor Valdes and Co.

  • Teemu Tainio
    5
    0
    3.00

    Teemu Tainio

    Stuck to his task well at the back, and did not take any unnecessary risks. Hardly put a foot wring all game.

  • Teemu Pukki
    11
    1
    4.00

    Teemu Pukki Top of the Match

    The lone target up front for the visitors, and just when it seemed like he would end the game isolated and frustrated, he latched on to a cross to convert a priceless equalizer. Performed a thankless task for most of the match, but got his reward in the end.

Substitutions

  • Tim Sparv
    3
    0
    3.00

    Tim Sparv

    Provided some fresh legs at the back after coming on.

Results
Group A Matchday 5
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