Johansson spares Finns' blushes
Finland are still in the hunt to claim second spot in Group 4 after a 2-1 win over Liechtenstein.
Last Updated: 06/06/09 10:11pm
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.