Johansson spares Finns' blushes
Strike duo help hosts come from behind to beat minnows
Last Updated: 06/06/09 10:11pm
Johansson: Grabbed winner
Finland are still in the hunt to claim second spot in Group 4 after a gritty 2-1 home win over Liechtenstein.
The group minnows briefly threatened to cause an upset after taking an early lead, but goals from Mikael Forssell and Jonathan Johansson saw the Finns home.
Liechtenstein, who are bottom of the group and without a win, took the lead on 13 minutes with their first goal of the campaign after Mario Frick collected a Beni Fischer pass to score beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The hosts toiled in search of an equaliser and were eventually rewarded on 33 minutes when former Birmingham striker Forssell, who had earlier missed two good chances, tapped home Aleksei Eremenko's cross.
Veteran forward Johansson spared Finland's blushes with the winner on 71 minutes when he slotted home after being played in by Roman Eremenko.
The result leaves Finland third in the table on 10 points, one point beind Russia, with both teams having played five matches, while leaders Germany have 16 points from six fixtures.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Sat 6th Jun - Group D
Azerbaijan0 - 1Wales
Finland2 - 1Liechtenstein
Sat 6th Jun - Group F
Kazakhstan0 - 4England
Belarus5 - 1Andorra
Croatia2 - 2Ukraine
Sat 6th Jun - Group C
Slovakia7 - 0San Marino
Sat 6th Jun - Group I
Macedonia0 - 0Norway
Iceland1 - 2Holland
Sat 6th Jun - Group H
Cyprus2 - 2Montenegro
Bulgaria1 - 1Rep Ireland
Sat 6th Jun - Group A
Sweden0 - 1Denmark
Albania1 - 2Portugal
Sat 6th Jun - Group G
Lithuania0 - 1Romania
Serbia1 - 0Austria
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G
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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I