Finns rescue point
Georgia denied late on in Helsinki
Last Updated: October 12, 2012 6:52pm
Kasper Hamalainen: Rescued point for Finland
Kasper Hamalainen's strike rescued a point for 10-man Finland in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Helsinki.
All the action happened in a five-minute spell at the start of the second half, Kuram Gashia putting the visitors ahead in the 57th minute before Finland lost Alexei Eremenko to a red card two minutes later.
Hamalainen nevertheless popped up to equalise for the hosts in the 62nd minute as Finland picked up their first point in Group I.
There was little to choose between the teams in the first half, Tim Sparv failing to sent his header goalwards from six yards for the hosts.
Georgia almost went ahead five minutes before the break when David Targamadze's corner was met by Kashia in the six-yard box and the defender's header was tipped round the post by Niki Maenpaa.
Sparv was again involved after half-time, his header punched clear by Nukri Revishvili but it was the visitors who went ahead, Kashia slotting home Targamadze's corner 12 minutes into the second period.
Two minutes later Finland's task intensified when Eremenko was sent off after his second booking for handball.
However, Finland levelled in the 62nd minute when Hamalainen slotted home from close range.
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Fri 12th Oct - Group F
Russia1 - 0Portugal
Luxembourg0 - 6Israel
Fri 12th Oct - Group I
Finland1 - 1Georgia
Belarus0 - 4Spain
Fri 12th Oct - Group B
Czech Rep3 - 1Malta
Armenia1 - 3Italy
Bulgaria1 - 1Denmark
Fri 12th Oct - Group C
Faroe Islands1 - 2Sweden
Kazakhstan0 - 0Austria
Rep Ireland1 - 6Germany
Fri 12th Oct - Group E
Albania1 - 2Iceland
Switzerland1 - 1Norway
Slovenia2 - 1Cyprus
Fri 12th Oct - Group G
Liechtenstein0 - 2Lithuania
Slovakia2 - 1Latvia
Greece0 - 0Bosnia
Fri 12th Oct - Group D
Turkey0 - 1Romania
Netherlands3 - 0Andorra
Estonia0 - 1Hungary
Fri 12th Oct - Group H
Moldova0 - 0Ukraine
England5 - 0San Marino
Fri 12th Oct - Group A
Serbia0 - 3Belgium
Macedonia1 - 2Croatia
Wales2 - 1Scotland
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C
|4||Republic of Ireland||6||11|
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
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H
FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I