Spain 1-Finland 1 a good Finnish! POTW#1

While this award comes rather late it still deservedly goes to Finland. Spain were held at home to a 1-1 draw by Finland in a surprise result in front of 28,000 fans at the El Molinin in Gijon. The result also saw Spain drop to second in the WCQ group I table, surrendering their lead to France.

Spain dominated the whole match, enjoying 81 percent of the possession and having 29 shots to Finland’s 5. However, despite their dominance Spain could only register 4 shots on target. Still, they went ahead through a Sergio Ramos header from a David Silva corner, 4 minutes after the break.

It looked like Spain would stroll to victory until a rare Finnish attack with lethal speed saw Teemu Pukki prod home a 79th minute equalizer, from a Alexander Ring cross. Finland managed to hold on for the draw against all the odds.

The result is an outstanding one against the world and European champions, who are not often held at home. It also led to questions about the false number 9 role, with a lack of clinical finishing costing Spain dearly. Finland clearly win the Performance of the week title with a Herculean effort. Congratulations!

Spain were unlucky not to win this award with their performance against France, a brilliant come back win which was most needed after the dissapointing draw against Finland. It also enable them to overtake France into first place of the group table.



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