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Olympiastadion (ATT 24,916) 7th June 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Eli Hacmon

Finland Finland vs Belarus Belarus

Finland 1

I Shitov (og 58)

ft

Belarus 0

P Nekhaychik (S/O 90+1)

Finland edge out Belarus

Last Updated: 07/06/13 7:21pm

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Maxim Bordachev tangles with Teemu Pukki

Maxim Bordachev tangles with Teemu Pukki

An Igor Shitov own goal separated Finland and Belarus as the home side edged a battle of the Group I also-rans in Helsinki on Friday night.

With Spain and France running away with the five-team World Cup qualifying group, Finland, Belarus and Georgia have been little more than cannon fodder for the European heavyweights, but this meeting gave two nations a chance to flex their own muscles.

Finland took the points and their first qualifying win thanks to Shitov's 58th-minute clanger, while Belarus ended up a man down as Pavel Nekhaychik was sent off late on.

Both could have laid claim to mathematical hopes of progression ahead of kick-off but with the company they are keeping, they would be churlish to have done so.

As it was, pride was all was at stake and few were expecting a classic and the first half played up to that with chances few and far between.

Belarus' Anton Putsila tried his luck early on but was denied by Niki Maenpaa, while at the other end, Perparim Hetemaj should have done better from six yards.

The standard got little better before the break as Hetemaj wasted another effort, while Belarus' Sergey Kisliak was equally as wasteful when he took aim from 18 yards.

The away side returned from the half-time break looking the more dangerous as Kisliak and Shitov had shots charged down but, as the hour approached, Shitov's error cost his side.

The Mordovia Saransk man put through his own goal as he looked to clear a Roman Eremenko cross, undoing the solid defensive work Belarus had been putting in.

Buoyed by the goal, Finland poured forward and Teemu Pukki was twice denied by Sergey Veremko, while Eremenko also blazed over.

They continued to dominate but further goals did not come, while Belarus ended the game a man down when Nekhaychik was shown a second yellow card.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4