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Either way, it's the road to Qatar next for both sides. Wales will head to Kazan in Russia to face Belarus - played out of the country amid political sanctions - while Finland stay home to host Kazakhstan. Until then though, thank you for joining us - and have a good week!
It's hard to say what both Rob Page and Markku Kanerva might have learned from that. Both will be happy to clean sheets but the visitors are more likely to be disappointed that they did not come up with a more incisive moment to snatch a win.
There's no encore of injury time in Helsinki - instead, it's all over as a goalless draw. Carljohan Eriksson is the hero for the hosts with a first half penalty save against Harry Wilson - but there is nothing to split these two in this friendly in the end. At full-time, it finishes Finland 0-0 Wales.
FULL-TIME: FINLAND 0-0 WALES
Where has this been all day? It's bonkers stuff. There's still no goals in this game though, as injury time approaches fast.
Major let-offs at both ends! Bale is offside and flagged as such, then Finland get a golden chance, only for the linesman to bring them back too!
Two golden opportunities for Wales! Colwill misses a tap-in as the ball is skimmed across the six-yard area and then Bale volleys the follow-up over. Rob Page groans.
With bigger tests to come, it's not too surprising we've seen little of Gareth Bale - but now he replaces Roberts for the final stretch.
Gareth Bale is stripped. Is he set for a last-gasp cameo?
Rubin Colwill! He can't quite believe he's not made the clean connection, bang in front of goal there. A good chance for Wales slips through their fingers.
Kamara has picked up some hefty attention today and he does so again here, winning another free-kick.
It seems mad to consider Lukas Hradecky won't be in goal for the rest of this international break, but Eriksson has truly proven himself today when it has counted. Wales haven't always been the sharpest, but that penalty stop was executed superbly.
Ben Woodburn meanwhile is dropped in for Wales, replacing Ethan Ampadu.
Finland also pull Jukka Raitala and bring on Nikolai Alho.
Marcus Forss now makes way for Joel Pohjanpalo for the hosts.
Further signals from the technical area suggest another change is coming, with Finland particularly busy.
Roberts tries his luck from outside the box but finds himself foiled by Eriksson, who is absolutely having a debut to remember for Finland. Less than a quarter of the game remains.
Wales have lost their last two international matches, both at Euro 2020 against Italy and Denmark. They haven’t lost three in a row since a run of five defeats between February and September 2012.
Sheehan has barely been on the field a few minutes but he has a yellow card now for a heavy challenge on Kamara.
Likewise, Finland replace Santeri Hostikka with Pyry Soiri too.
Robert Taylor - who sounds Welsh but is in fact Finnish - comes on for Fredrik Jensen as the hosts make a swap too.
Jonny Williams is replaced by Josh Sheehan for the visitors.
Wales make their latest changes now. Brennan Johnson makes way for Rubin Colwill, who wins his second cap.
Movement on the sidelines suggests that further changes are coming. Both sides have looked more inclined to find a winner since the interval - but will either of them get one?
Matt Smith with the shot! There won't be many closer than that today, as the Wales man wrestles a finish just wide of the far post, struck off the left side of the penalty area. It brings the hour mark up.
In 2021, Daniel James is the only Wales player to reach double figures for both total shots (10) and creating chances for his teammates (12), despite having just one goal and no assists this calendar year.
Wilson wrestles the free-kick through a crowded box - and Eriksson is up to the task again, reading the weave of the ball to push it beyond the post and away to safety.
Glen Kamara picks up the first booking of the game now for a hefty challenge on Roberts and Wales will have a dangerous free-kick just outside the Finland box.
Jensen sees an attempted strike deflected now and Finland have another corner. This is much better work - and Wales will have to be on their guard. It's well taken in the end.
Finland win a corner off Lockyer now but they struggle to craft a breakthrough from it and Wales come away. Still, it has been a more lively opening for the hosts.
Each of Finland’s last three goals have been scored by Joel Pohjanpalo – Norwich forward Teemu Pukki has failed to score in his last five Finland appearances, last going six without a goal in June 2017.
James Lawrence meanwhile makes way for Ben Davies for the visitors too.
Wales too have made some swaps, with Danny Ward replaced by Wayne Hennessey in goal.
There's been a change at the break for Finland - and it is a debut for Urho Nissila, who is on for Jasin-Amin Assehnoun.
We're back underway in Helsinki. Can either side find a breakthrough before this is all over?
Gareth Bale could well be primed to come on and sprinkle a little bit of stardust in the second half. The Real Madrid man - whose homecoming with Tottenham last term was something of a damp squib - will have hopes of leaving a mark in this one if he does get on the pitch.
Carljohan Eriksson's excellent save to deny Harry Wilson's penalty is the pick of the half in Helsinki, where a football match has occasionally threatened to break out. There's nothing to split the two though; at the break, it is Finland 0-0 Wales.
HALF-TIME: FINLAND 0-0 WALES
Wales win themselves a corner now. Wilson clips it in and Finland ferry it away. It'll be the last chance of the half.
Would this game have seen a rise in tempo if Wilson had scored that penalty? It could have pushed Finland on in pursuit of something more tangible. Instead. this remains a cagily drab affair.
This is only the third ever friendly meeting between Finland and Wales – a 2-1 win for Finland at the Millennium Stadium in 2000 and 1-1 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium in 2013.
Robert Ivanov is felled by Tyler Roberts now, in what is the first clear-cut bit of action since Eriksson saved that penalty. It has been a quiet evening, to put it mildly.
Both Wales and Finland will turn their attentions to Qatar qualification after this, of course, and with both sat on the bubble of playoff places, their focus may rightfully be there. Nobody wants to throw an early spanner in the works here.
Over half of Finland's incursions have come down the left flank so far, while Wales have an even split out wide with a minimal presence through the middle. Do both need to switch it up to find a goal?
There's almost a pub knockabout feel to this one. Both sides seem to be luxuriating in their movements, unhurried in seeking a killing blow. It's less of a contest than some may have hoped for - but quite literally a "friendly" encounter.
Wales have lost their last nine away friendly matches, failing to score in any of their last eight of these matches. Their last away friendly victory was against Denmark in November 2008.
What a play from Eriksson. No matter how this goes for Finland now, he'll be able to talk about that one to the grandkids. A penalty save on his international debut. It's the highlight of a sedate opening act.
Wilson will be absolutely kicking himself there. Wales have blown a chance to get themselves in the lead there.
Harry Wilson steps up - and Carljohan Eriksson saves! The Finland goalkeeper on debut reads the soft shot to the left and dives with his right hand leading to block the finish. This remains on level pegging.
Penalty to Wales! Out of nowhere, this game has a spark of attacking life and it is Johnson who is felled in the box. Finland are furious with the call but there can't be too much of an argument from Niko Hamalainen.
James' new club team-mate Tyler Roberts is trying to make something happen for the visitors, dropping back in search of a run. It's not quite paying off for him just yet.
There's no Dan James for Wales today of course - but there is a case to wonder if the newly-minted Leeds United winger could provide a little bit more penetration to this match. Still goalless as the first quarter approaches.
Both sides are scrabbling for purchase without carving out too many clear-cut opportunities so far. There's possibly only the one goal in it, if that, on the basis of this game so far.
Finland have only scored one goal in their last five international matches, Joel Pohjanpalo’s winner against Denmark, scoring with just one of their 37 shots in these games.
The offside flag catches out Wales as they come down the right wing through Brennan Johnson. There was some promise to the way the visitors moved the ball there too, but no luck this time.
Ampadu ably defends an attempted shot from outside the box from Forss now. The latter is a crucial danger man for the hosts and he could cause Wales plenty of headaches today.
The September international break is typically a time where international bosses can try out new faces, particularly in the wake of a tournament cycle. With Qatar sooner around the corner than usual however, there will be little time for full-blown experimentation here.
A smattering of supporters are dotted around Helsinki Olympic Stadium for this contest, one which is very much still feeling its way forward. The weather is crisp and dry - and a little bit warmer than Wales itself, no less, at this moment.
Marcus Forss comes in a little too heavily on Tom Lockyer inside the Welsh half and concedes an early foul. Finland will have to watch themselves around referee Kristo Tohver, from Estonia, today.
Even with several of their brightest talents on the bench, Wales will have come here with the intention to leave a mark - and they almost do as Dylan Levitt sees a free-kick just nodded over the crossbar.
We are underway in this international friendly between Finland and Wales!
The teams have emerged for the national anthems in Helsinki and we are moments away from kick-off.
Finland have lost five of their last six international matches, with their only win in this run coming against Denmark at Euro 2020, scoring with their only shot of a 1-0 win remembered more for events beyond the result. Still, it is a trend they will want to buck today.
Finland and Wales last met in the UEFA Nations League in September and November 2020, with Wales winning both games: 1-0 away and 3-1 at home.
Subs: Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Brandon Cooper, Ben Davies, Chris Mepham, Josh Sheehan, Gareth Bale, Rubin Colwill, Joe Morrell, Mark Harris, Tom King, Ben Woodburn.
WALES (3-5-2): Danny Ward; Ethan Ampadu, Tom Lockyer, James Lawrence; Dylan Levitt, Matt Smith, Jonny Williams, Harry Wilson, Rhys Norrington-Davies; Tyler Roberts, Brennan Johnson.
Subs: Lukas Hradecky, Daniel O'Shaughnessy, Leo Vaisanen, Robert Taylor, Onni Valakari, Teemu Pukki, Rasmus Schuller, Pyry Soiri, Urho Nissila, Nikolai Alho, Joel Pohjanpalo.
FINLAND (4-4-2): Carljohan Eriksson; Jukka Raitala, Robert Ivanov, Joona Toivio, Niko Hamalainen; Jasin-Amin Assehnoun, Kaan Kairinen, Glen Kamara, Santeri Hostikka; Marcus Forss, Fredrik Jensen.
Finland meanwhile hand out two starting debuts themselves, with Mjallby goalkeeper Carljohan Eriksson and HJK forward Santeri Hostikka both included in a side anchored by Rangers man Glen Kamara in midfield.
For the visitors, they name a young squad, led up front by Leeds striker Tyler Roberts, while captain Gareth Bale settles for the bench. Uncapped trio Brandon Cooper, Mark Harris and Tom King are all among the substitutes too, while young Brennan Johnson gets a start with his third cap.
It has been a far-from-ideal set-up for Wales however. With Covid outbreaks, injuries and a raft of players not allowed to travel on to Russia due to visa issues, it has dictated their selection today. Nevertheless, they'll be out to impress in Helsinki.
For both the visitors and Markku Kanerva's hosts, the once-unlikely prospect of a place at the high table tournament of the game feels oddly plausible. Yet they take a break from their qualification action today to size the other up - possible rivals on the road to the Persian Gulf.
For the first time since Italy edged England in the final of Euro 2020, international football comes back to Europe as the 2021-22 season steps into second gear - and with it comes the first post-championship test for Rob Page's young side on the potential road to the Middle East next winter.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the September international break as Wales travel to Finland in a friendly ahead of their Qatar 2022 World Cup UEFA qualifiers, at Helsinki Olympic Stadium.