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Boris Paichadze (ATT 15,000) 10th September 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Michael Soteriou

Georgia Georgia vs Finland Finland

Georgia 0

J Kankava (S/O 75)

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Finland 1

R Eremenko (pen 75)

World Cup qualifier: Finland hopes alive thanks to Roman Eremenko spot kick

Last Updated: 10/09/13 9:05pm

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Roman Eremenko: On target for Finland against Georgia

Roman Eremenko: On target for Finland against Georgia

A second half penalty from Roman Eremenko was enough to see Finland to victory over Georgia in World Cup qualifying Group I on Tuesday.

Victory means Finland's hopes of qualification, however slender, remain intact with nine points from seven matches.

Eremenko converted from the spot in the 75th minute after David Targamadze was adjudged to have handled and any thoughts of a Georgia comeback were effectively ended when Jaba Kankava was sent off for a second bookable offence moments later.

It left Georgia decisively eliminated and Finland needing France to slip up in Belarus to have a chance of claiming second spot in Group I.

Kasper Hamalainen missed from close range for Finland in an uneventful first half, while at the other end Akaki Khubutia had a shot blocked by Juhani Ojala after Niki Maenpaa had fumbled Zhano Ananidze's cross.

When Tornike Okriashvili volleyed over from six yards for the hosts midway through the second half, the game seemed destined to finish goalless.

But Kankava fouled Eremenko 20 yards from goal, earning a booking, and when Eremenko's shot hit Targamadze's hand in the wall, referee Michael Soteriou pointed to the spot.

Eremenko himself stepped up, sending the ball into the corner, and was promptly fouled by Kankava again, drawing the red card from the referee's pocket and effectively ending the contest.

Mixu Paatelainen's men will now travel to France on October 15 as they continue their pursuit for the second qualification spot in Group I.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 10th Sep - Group F
    Tue 10th Sep - Group G
    • Lithuania
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
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    • Slovakia
      1 - 2
      Bos&Herz
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    • Greece
      1 - 0
      Latvia
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    Tue 10th Sep - Group B
    Tue 10th Sep - Group C
    Tue 10th Sep - Group E
    Tue 10th Sep - Group I
    Tue 10th Sep - Group D
    Tue 10th Sep - Group A
    Tue 10th Sep - Group H

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 and Herzegovina 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

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