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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 defense.
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.
Made some decent saves against the likes of Iniesta and Cazorla, and could do little for Ramos' goal.
Had a hard time containing Silva when the Manchester City man elected to cut infield, and was not much of an obstacle.
Found it hard to establish a foothold in the game, as Spain simply did not let go of the ball.
Often on hand to make a needed block or clearance, and it was his marshaling of the defense that played a key role in the result.
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.
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.
Stuck to his task well at the back, and did not take any unnecessary risks. Hardly put a foot wring all game.
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.
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.
Had virtually no opportunity to threaten on the wing, and was forced into defensive work for most of his time on the field.
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.