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90' + 1'
R. Karjalainen
T. Pukki
89'
D. O'Shaughnessy
Yellow Card
86'
H. Arter
Yellow Card
66'
J. Molumby
Yellow Card
63'
F. Jensen
R. Taylor
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Possession
52% 47%
7
5
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 7
Total Passes 551 515
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Wales WAL Wales 6 5 1 0 7 1 +6 16 W W W D W
2 Finland FIN Finland 6 4 0 2 7 5 +2 12 L W W W W
3 Republic of Ireland IRL Republic of Ireland 6 0 3 3 1 4 -3 3 D L L D L
4 Bulgaria BUL Bulgaria 6 0 2 4 2 7 -5 2 D L L L L

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That’s all for now. Goodbye!
Next up for Ireland is a European Championship play-off against Slovakia in October, while Finland face Poland in a friendly.
Finland claim their first win of this Nations League campaign thanks to Jensen’s goal, with the substitute scoring 19 seconds after he came on to condemn Ireland to defeat in their first home match under new boss Kenny.
90' + 4' FULL TIME: IRELAND 0-1 FINLAND.
90' + 2' Is that the final chance for Ireland? McGoldrick cuts in from the left and drills a low strike goalwards, but Hradecky holds on with ease.
R. Karjalainen
T. Pukki
90' + 1' Pukki's race is run. He makes way for Karjalainen.
D. O'Shaughnessy
Yellow Card
89' Finland defender O'Shaughnessy has received a booking.
88' CHANCE! Duffy rescued a point last time out and he should have done better there! Brady’s corner was planted right on the defender’s head, but he sent his effort over.
87' CLOSE! Arter curls a low shot towards goal. It takes a deflection, and creeps just wide of the right-hand upright.
H. Arter
Yellow Card
86' Arter becomes the second Ireland player to go into the book.
85' SAVE! That’s a brilliant stop from Randolph, who just managed to tip Alho’s effort over and onto the roof of the net.
83' Ireland are flooding forward, but it is Finland who look more likely to add to their tally.
81' CLOSE! Pukki has space 20 yards out and does not hesitate in releasing a snapshot on the turn. Randolph is rooted to the spot, but fortunately for Ireland the ball flashes wide.
J. Uronen
N. Hamalainen
79' A Finland substitution sees Hamalainen make way for Uronen.
J. McClean
A. Connolly
77' Another change from Kenny, as McClean replaces Connolly.
77' SAVE! Excellent goalkeeping from Randolph, who dives to his right to keep out Taylor’s rasping strike.
76' McGoldrick tries a cross-field pass which is easily cut out, and Finland immediately look to break clear. Pukki leads the charge, but Egan gets across to make a fine challenge.
74' Jensen netted Finland's opener just 19 seconds after coming on as a substitute, with just his second touch.
72' A worrying moment for Randolph, who is almost caught out by Pukki’s first-time prod. Luckily for Ireland, their goalkeeper holds on at the second attempt.
71' CHANCE! Robinson races clear in the area and looks all set to equalise, but Hradecky stands firm to make a brilliant stop at his near post.
69' A real flurry of activity now. First, Jensen sees a rather tame strike easily saved by Randolph. Ireland race up the other end, with Connolly cutting in on his right foot and thumping a strike at goal, but Hradecky is equal to it.
68' Another chance for Ireland! Finland once again play themselves into bother. McGoldrick is the benefactor on this occasion, but his effort is blocked and Hradecky collects it with ease.
67' CHANCE! Robinson drops in an excellent cross which McGoldrick goes for. He misses it, yet Connolly is on hand behind him, only for the forward to completely fail to connect.
D. McGoldrick
A. Idah
66' Kenny has made a change, with McGoldrick coming on in place of Idah.
J. Molumby
Yellow Card
66' A heavy touch from Molumby means he has to dive in to attempt to regain possession, and the midfielder goes into the book for the challenge.
65' This game appeared to be heading towards a draw, but Ireland must now step up the tempo and start to play with some urgency if they are to get a result.
F. Jensen
Goal
63' GOOOOOAALLLL!!! WHAT AN IMPACT FROM JENSEN! That is incredible as, with his first touch, Jensen starts an attack which results in Pukki feeding Taylor. He drills in a cross, and Jensen – on the pitch under a minute – is on hand to finish. Finland lead 1-0.
R. Taylor
Assist
63' Taylor gets the assist, with the wide man having delivered a fine cross to the back post, where Jensen was sliding in.
F. Jensen
J. Pohjanpalo
63' A change for Finland. Pohjanpalo has made way for Jensen.
61' Robinson is involved straight away, as he unleashes a shot from the edge of the area. He puts way too much on it, though, and sends the effort over.
C. Robinson
C. O'Dowda
59' O’Dowda will not be able to carry on, and Robinson is on in his place.
58' A pause in play now, with O’Dowda down and receiving treatment for what looks to be a knee injury.
56' CHANCE! Finland play themselves into trouble and Ireland capitalise, with Idah slipping it through to Connolly. A heavy touch forces the youngster wide but he gets a shot off. However, Hradecky is able to watch it go safely into the side netting.
54' Finland haven’t drawn any of their last 22 matches in all competitions, winning 13 and losing nine since a 0-0 draw with North Macedonia in March 2018.
52' One player Ireland perhaps haven’t made the most of so far in either of Kenny’s games is Doherty. The full-back has just moved to Spurs, but though he has got forward when possible, he isn’t seeing a lot of the ball in the final third – where he proved in his time at Wolves he can do some real damage.
50' O’Dowda nips in to rob Kamara of possession, and the Finland midfielder has little choice but to concede a free-kick in order to prevent a counter-attack.
48' An Ireland free-kick is curled in towards Egan, but he can’t make firm contact with his header.
46' The second half is underway!
Ireland have played brightly but have not done enough to threaten Finland’s goal, and they are fortunate not to be behind. Kenny has plenty of experience on the bench, but a change in shape to give Idah some support in attack may well be the best solution.
A closely fought first-half comes to a close in Dublin, with the scores level at 0-0. Pukki has had the best chance, drilling straight at Randolph from close range.
45' HALF-TIME: IRELAND 0-0 FINLAND.
42' After a spell of Ireland pressure, Finland are just retaining possession now, as we edge towards half-time.
40' Ireland appeal for a penalty as Duffy tumbles over while attempting to meet Brady’s corner, but their claims fall on deaf ears.
39' Connolly does well to hassle Vaisanen down on Ireland’s left wing, winning a free-kick. Brady delivers it and finds Egan, but the defender’s header deflects out for a corner.
37' Brady has provided an assist in each of his last two appearances for Ireland. He has never assisted in three consecutive games for the Boys in Green.
35' Pukki gets to a loose ball ahead of Duffy and releases Hamalainen down the left. His cross is a good one, but Pohjanpalo swings wildly at it and fails to connect with his attempted volley.
32' Idah drifts wide to get onto a long ball down the right flank. He does well to square up his marker and get a cross, yet he overhits it and any chance for an effort on goal is gone.
30' Ireland are playing it about nicely out from the back, but there is a lack of movement up top. Connolly and O’Dowda are staying wide, looking to stretch the play, but it is leaving Idah isolated.
28' Molumby does well under pressure to turn away from his marker and win a free-kick, giving Ireland the chance to build a move.
26' Pohjanpalo slices a strike wide from the centre of the area. After a bright start from Ireland, Finland are certainly the side looking more dangerous at the moment.
24' Ireland have only lost one of their last 13 matches in all competitions (W5 D7), going down 0-2 to Switzerland in October 2019 in a EURO 2020 qualifier.
22' Duffy concedes a corner from which Ojala gets free, but his header is a poor one and sails over the bar.
21' Save! Another effort from Pukki, this time from outside the area, forces Randolph into a stop.
18' Ireland’s play all seems a bit rushed now, with Finland fairly considered in comparison. Kenny is urging his side forward, but they need to play with a bit more composure when they reach the final third.
16' Finland have lost their last two matches against Ireland, scoring none and conceding six, although these meetings occurred between 2000 and 2002.
14' Finland seem content to sit back and play on the break, trusting their defence to hold out. Though Pukki missed that glaring chance, his form over the past two seasons for club and country has been excellent and you would not bet on him squandering another opportunity.
12' Space opens up for Arter around 25 yards out, and the midfielder hits a sweet strike towards goal. It has plenty of power on it, but Hradecky watches it all the way into his gloves.
10' CHANCE! That really should be 1-0 to Finland! Pukki was played through one-on-one with Randolph, only to hit a tame effort straight at Ireland’s goalkeeper, who did well to close the angle.
8' Ireland have started brightly, playing with pace and looking to exert control. So far, though, Finland are keeping the hosts away from their area.
6' This is the first time Ireland and Finland have met since 2004, when Mick McCarthy guided the Boys in Green to a 3-0 win in Helsinki.
4' Ireland break down the right through Idah, who drills in a low cross attempting to find Connolly. The Brighton and Hove Albion forward had made a good run into the area, but Idah's delivery is cut out.
2' Some early pressure from Ireland results in Stevens attempting to play in Idah, but the striker is flagged for offside.
1' KICK-OFF! The match is up and running.
The teams are out in Dublin and the national anthems are underway.
Markku Kanerva, meanwhile, has also made three changes. In come Taylor, Alho,  and Hamalainen, replacing Uronen, Kauko and Niskanen.
FINLAND SUBSTITUTES: Imari Niskanen, Fredrik Jensen, Albin Granlund, Jere Uronen, Thomas Lam, Santeri Hostikka, Jesse Joronen, Jasse Tuominen, Joni Kauko, Pyry Soiri, Anssi Jaakkola, Rasmus Karjalainen.
FINLAND (4-4-2): Lukas Hradecky; Niko Hamalainen, Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Juhani Ojala, Leo Vaisanen; Nikolai Alho, Tim Sparv, Glen Kamara, Robert Taylor; Teemu Pukki, Joel Pohjanpalo.
Kenny makes three changes to his side, with all of them coming in midfield. McCarthy, Hourihane and Hendrick drop out, meaning there is plenty of experience on the bench for Ireland. Molumby, Arter and Brady – who set up Duffy’s goal against Bulgaria – start.
IRELAND SUBSTITUTES: Mark Travers, Seamus Coleman, Alan Browne, James McCarthy, David McGoldrick, James McClean, Callum Robinson, Jeff Hendrick, Conor Hourihane, Caoimhin Kelleher, Shane Long, Darragh Lenihan.
IRELAND (4-3-3): Darren Randolph; Matt Doherty, Shane Duffy, John Egan, Enda Stevens; Jayson Molumby, Harry Arter, Robbie Brady; Callum O’Dowda, Adam Idah, Aaron Connolly.
Finland, meanwhile, slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Wales in their first match, and sit bottom of the group.
Ireland rescued a 1-1 draw last time out thanks to Shane Duffy’s late header in Sofia against Bulgaria. Now, Stephen Kenny takes charge of his first home match, albeit there are no fans in attendance due to the social distancing regulations following the impact of COVID-19.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Nations League, as the Republic of Ireland take on Finland in a Group B4 meeting.