Spain vs. Finland, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Final score 1-1, Finns hold world champions to incredible draw

Denis Doyle

Finland gained an amazing result as they got a draw away against the World and European champions, Spain, thanks to Teemu Pukki's late equaliser.

Finland will be pinching themselves after somehow gaining a draw at the home of the World and European Champions in the biggest shock of the international qualifiers.

Things didn't get off to a good start for the Finns, however - Niklas Moisander almost scored an own-goal just a few minutes in after deflecting Fabregas' cross towards his own goal which required a good save from Niki Maenpaa, after Spain's movement and deployment of Fabregas as a striker left the Finnish defence confused.

Spain were dominating the game, and Santiago Cazorla should have put them in front when Fabregas found him with a cross, but the Arsenal midfielder ballooned his shot over with Maenpaa ill-positioned to deal with it. There was then a warning sign as Roman Eremenko hit a rasping drive which hit the outside of the post, in what was probably Finland's only real attack of the half.

The score was still somehow 0-0 when the teams came out for the second half, but Spain were soon unsurprisigly ahead, Sergio Ramos marking his 100th appearance for the national team with a goal, heading in from a corner to put his side in the lead.

Ramos almost doubled his lead later, as he ran forwards to blast another shot just wide, but there was another warning side for the Spanish, whose fans were already greeting each pass with an 'Olé' - Teemu Pukki escaped the ball-watching Spanish backline, but Gerard Pique managed to get back and the Finn dragged his effort wide.

Spain were still dominating, but not quite creating chances at will - and then, late on, disaster struck for the hosts. With the Spanish defence once again letting Pukki's runs go unchecked, the striker nipped in between Pique and Ramos to meet the cross and slide Finland into a level position as the hosts looked stunned.

Spain then laid siege to Finland's goal, but Alvaro Negredo could not bury their two late chances, first heading a fine Juan Mata cross wide before another cross from Alvaro Arbeloa looked to be heading to the Sevilla striker at the back post, but Moisander got across just in time to deflect it over. Finland even had a late chance to win it after Hetemaj escaped in the Spain area, but hesitancy cost him his chance. After some pushing and shoving as a row broke out over Finland's timewasting, that proved to be the final chance of the game, and Finland were left to celebrate an unlikely point.

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