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  • November 16, 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
  • Referee: S. Delferière
  • • Attendance: 11809
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Live Commentary

  • Thank you for joining me for the match. For those of you who braved it until the bitter end, I hope you have enjoyed the coverage as much as possible. Farewell.
  • 90' + 5'
    FULL-TIME! The game ends level thanks to Riski's late equaliser. Wales will probably feel disappointed at not being about to capitalise on their general superiority, but in truth it was a poor match which did not deserve a winner. 
  • 90' + 4'
    Wales almost go straight down the other end and retake the lead. Richards plays the ball towards the far post and although the Finland defender completely misses the ball, Ledley is unable to get a shot away.
  • 90' + 2'
    GOAL!!! Finland equalise! The one bright player for the visitors, Eremenko, calmly plays a lovely throughball for Riski to run on to and the midfielder flicks the ball past Hennessey. An all-round good goal.
  • 90' + 1'
    Assist Roman Eremenko
  • 90' + 1'
    Goal Riku Riski
  • 90'
    Substitution Joe Allen Owain Tudur Jones
  • 90'
    A rare spark in attack for Finland. Eremenko produces a step-over and then fires at goal from range, but Hennessey gets behind it.
  • 88'
    Finland look to be slowing down as they knock the ball around their defence, but Wales are still pressing with good intensity, which is quite admirable with only two minutes plus stoppage time remaining.
  • 85'
    Hetemaj manages to squeeze a good low cross into the area from the left flank and Riski gets a touch on it at the front post, but Ricketts knocks it back on to the Finn and the ball bounces off him and out.
  • 84'
    Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu David Cotterill
  • 84'
    Eremenko tries to play a clever free-kick as he squares the ball into the area along the ground, but Allen cuts it out.
  • 83'
    Good play by Uronen on the left for Finland as he holds off Richards and then goes down under his challenge to win a free-kick to the left of Wales' area.
  • 80'
    This match is Finland vs Bale at the moment. He comes in from the right wing, skips past a poorly-timed tackle and shoots from range, but he still can't find the net as his effort goes straight to Hradecky.
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Andy King
  • 77'
    Bale continues to be the only player exciting the crowd. He controls the ball in a central position, squirms between two defenders before firing narrowly wide from 30 yards out.
  • 76'
    The Finns are seeing plenty of the ball at the moment, with Riski becoming particularly accustomed to it. The midfielder beats Ledley down the right and draws a foul from him.
  • 73'
    Big chance for Finland. Wales fail to deal with a cross from the left and it bounces all the way through to Riski. His first touch is poor and leaves him with a lot to do as he pokes wide.
  • 72'
    Substitution Neil Taylor Ben Davies
  • 72'
    Substitution Chris Gunter Ashley Richards
  • 70'
    Substitution Veli Lampi Jukka Raitala
  • 70'
    Substitution Rasmus Schüller Perparim Hetemaj
  • 70'
    Bad news for Finland as half-time substitute Lampi is forced off with an injury. They make two more changes, their last of the match.
  • 67'
    Good move again by Wales and it is, unsurprisingly, crafted by Bale. This time he appears on the left, cuts inside and strokes a pass to the right with the outside of his foot for Gunter. The right-back flashes the ball across the face of goal, but no one is there to knock it in.
  • 66'
    Bale's powerful and curved cross from the free-kick is very good, but Vokes heads over.
  • 65'
    Wales clear the corner with relative ease and they spring an immediate counterattack. The move ends with the hosts winning a free-kick left of the penalty area.
  • 64'
    Hamalainen makes a nuisance of himself as he looks to latch on to Eremenko's pass and Williams smacks the ball on to Allen and out for a corner.
  • 63'
    Substitution Simon Church Sam Vokes
  • 63'
    Substitution Teemu Pukki Kasper Hamalainen
  • 62'
    Substitution Niklas Moisander Petri Pasanen
  • 62'
    Almost an instant reply from Finland! Eremenko finds space and feeds the ball to Riski on the edge of the area, but Hennessey gets down to the right to keep his effort out.
  • 59'
    Hopefully for the sake of this match, that goal will awaken Finland from their hibernation.
  • 58'
    Assist Hal Robson-Kanu
  • 58'
    Goal Andy King
    GOAL!!! Goal, we have a goal! Something notable has happened! An excellent interchange between Ledley and Robson-Kanu down the left gives the latter the chance to cross and King arrives to head past Hradecky. Game on!
  • 57'
    Evidently inspired by Bale's effort, Schuller tries his luck from range, but his attempt is awful.
  • 55'
    Bale explodes into life as he bursts in from the right flank, skips past two defenders and hits an stinging shot towards goal, but Hradecky palms it away.
  • 54'
    Penalty shout for Wales! Church runs at the Finland defence and he appears to go down under the pressure of his marker, but the referee is correct to wave play on as the forward seemed to slip.
  • 53'
    Wales try to keep possession in a triangle following the throw-in, but they fail miserably. Somewhere, the Spain entire squad simultaneously snorts with derision.
  • 52'
    Nevertheless, Taylor gets forward from left-back and crosses from deep, but his delivery is blocked and he must settle for a throw-in.
  • 50'
    Well, if the first five minutes are anything to go by, the second half doesn't look like being much of an improvement.
  • 48'
    Eremenko steps up and blasts the free-kick into orbit. Comically-bad effort from the Rubin Kazan star.
  • 47'
    Finland begin the half by earning a free-kick just outside the Wales penalty area. 
  • 46'
    Substitution Kari Arkivou Veli Lampi
  • 46'
    Substitution Juhani Ojala Joona Toivio
  • 46'
    Finland start the second half. Will some life be injected into this match? Perhaps the inevitable raft of substitutions on either side will have an impact. 
  • 45' + 1'
    The referee blows his whistle for half-time and the two teams go into the break level, with very little to shout about in the first half. 
  • 43'
    With only a few minutes left, this first half is petering out as both sides appear to have an eye on half-time.
  • 41'
    The resulting corner is harmless as it sails over the area.
  • 40'
    Back down the other end Uronen crosses into the Wales area and Taylor is forced to head the ball out for a corner. 
  • 39'
    With the crowd chanting in anticipation, Bale milks the attention, takes a long run-up and then smashes his effort straight into the wall. 
  • 38'
    Yellow Card Tim Sparv
  • 38'
    Wales win themselves another free-kick, this time in a central position about 35 yards from goal. Bale lines it up as the expectant crowd wait.
  • 36'
    Brilliant play by Bale. He charges at Arkivuo and breezes into the area before cutting a low cross back towards the penalty spot, but it goes straight between Church and King.
  • 35'
    Bale fires in the free-kick and although Ricketts gets a header on target, the referee blows his whistle for a blatant foul by Williams.
  • 34'
    Bale is having a strop. Taylor looked to chip a pass over Arkivuo for the winger, but he was held back and is given a free-kick.
  • 32'
    Wales are putting together some nice moves at the moment and they look composed on the ball, but they are seriously struggling to break through the Finnish defence. 
  • 30'
    The visitors look to utilise their right flank this time. Arkivuo plays Riski in behind Taylor, but back tracks Allen to steal possession.
  • 28'
    Finland still look fairly dangerous in attack. Teenage left-back Uronen cuts inside Gunter and fires a right-footed shot towards goal, but his effort goes just over.
  • 26'
    Great chance for Wales! Bale's curling delivery dissects the six-yard box, but Ricketts can't get enough contact on it and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
  • 25'
    Disappointingly for Wales nothing comes of the free-kick, but on their next attack Gunter wins a corner out of nothing.
  • 24'
    Again Taylor causes problems on the left. He surges forward before dragging the ball back, drawing Riski into a foul, who is lucky to escape a booking. Good position for a free-kick.
  • 23'
    Taylor gets forward down the left wing. His attempted cross falls to Ledley on the edge of the area, but the Celtic midfielder's half-volley strikes Church and falls to a Finnish defender.
  • 21'
    Robson-Kanu decides to try his luck from range after beating his man in the centre, but his effort is wild and it flies well over the goal.
  • 19'
    Gunter makes good ground on the right as he marches all the way to the attacking third and wins a throw-in. Both teams have been trying to use the flanks as much as possible, with the middle very congested. 
  • 18'
    Excellent delivery from the right and Arkivuo almost gets to it after losing Ashley Williams with a clever run.
  • 17'
    Finland now have themselves a corner as they have a shot deflected behind.
  • 15'
    Off the post! Great play by Pukki. A team-mate's shot drops kindly for him in the area and he holds off two defenders before firing a shot across goal, but luckily for Hennessey it comes back off the woodwork.
  • 13'
    Bale and Gunter link up down Wales' right. The full-back beats his man and delivers a good cross and although Finland make a mess of their initial clearance, Moisander eventually gets it away.
  • 12'
    Good play by Arkivuo down the right as he produces a stepover and cross from the byline, but Ricketts clips it away.
  • 11'
    This match is becoming increasingly bogged down in the middle, with the two sides cancelling out each other. 
  • 10'
    Wales' corner is cut out at the front post by Finland, who attempt to spring a counterattack. They venture forward but they are robbed of the ball before they really get going.
  • 9'
    Joe Ledley is the next to attack down the left. His attempted cross is blocked and goes out for a corner. 
  • 8'
    Robson-Kanu tries his luck down the left as he attacks Arkivuo, but the forward runs the ball straight out for a goal kick.
  • 7'
    The Real Madrid winger is up on his feet, but he has walked to the touchline gingerly. 
  • 5'
    Now that is a worrying sight for Wales - and Real Madrid. Gareth Bale does well to track back and steal possession from Pukki, but the Celtic forward catches the Wales star.
  • 4'
    Even start to proceedings as both sides have looked threatening on the flanks.
  • 2'
    There is the first half-chance of the match as Teemu Pukki flashes a volley across the face of goal from the left, but no one gets a touch on it. 
  • 1'
    Here we go, Wales start the action.
  • Wales may be without Ramsey - who has scored 13 goals for club and country this season - but Gareth Bale is starting. The world's most expensive player has impressed for Real Madrid in recent weeks and will be their most likely threat.
  • Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey misses out altogether for the hosts as he is reportedly suffering from flu, while the injured James Collins is also unavailable.
  • And the Finland team is: Hradecky; Moisander, Ojala, Uronen, Arkivuo; Schuller, Sparv, Riski, Ring, Eremenko; Pukki
  • The Wales team for the match is: Hennessey; Gunter, Taylor, Williams, Ricketts; Robson-Kanu, Ledley, Allen, Bale; Church, King
  • Hello and welcome to the play-by-play for the international friendly between Wales and Finland. My name is Ryan Benson and I will be describing the action for you today.