expanding the parameters of finnishness

Finland vs. Canada

Posted by Markus Raty on August 19, 2006

Howdy all! Back from a week-long jaunt in Tunder Bay, Ontario. That’s where the Hilden Clan (Mom’s an ex-Hilden) and Kangas Clan have resided since the early 60s – which I guess by extension makes me a TunderBayer. Center of the non-Finnish Finnish universe. But I digress..more on this later.

THANKS to a fellow finnophiler, DJ Skip, we can all rise up early tomorrow morning to watch our (Canadian) under-20 ladies face-off against our (Finnish) under-20 lasses in soccer. The game will be televised live on Rogers Sportsnet at 8am Sunday!


2 Responses to “Finland vs. Canada”

  1. RIITTA said

    how did the Finns fair in soccer?

  2. djskip said


    Canada got back on track with a 2-0 win over Finland at the world under-20 women’s soccer championship Sunday. But more hard work remains if the Canadians are to advance.

    Jodi-Ann Robinson scored twice as the Canadian women evened their record with a comfortable victory over the outmatched Finns, helping erase memories of a painful opening 3-2 loss to Nigeria.

    Dominating play from the get-go, the Canadians finally broke through in the 39th minute on a Robinson penalty after Aysha Jamani was brought down near the goal-line after a rampaging run down the left flank. Robinson easily beat Tinja-Riikka Korpela to the Finnish goalkeeper’s left.

    Robinson made it 2-0 in the 70th minute, pouncing on a long kick from Canadian ‘keeper Stephanie Labbe to poke the ball over an onrushing Korpela. Amanda Cicchini could have extended the lead minutes later but shot wide with the goal wide open.

    Robinson, who came off the bench to open the second half against Nigeria, gave Finland fits right from the start.

    Canada controlled the play from the outset, penning the Finns in their own half. The Canadians were denied by the woodwork three times in the first half, with Robinson hitting the crossbar with a header off a corner and banging the ball off the post with a left-footed shot after she eluded four Finns.

    The 17-year-old from Richmond, B.C., then set up Sophie Schmidt whose right-footed shot bounced off the post following a corner.

    Looking to reverse the Canadian tide, Finnish coach Jarmo Matikainen made a double substitution after just 35 minutes. It didn’t make much of a difference.

    The Canadians outshot Finland 14-0 in the first half and had five corners to none for the Finns. Overall, they had a 21-3 edge in shots (9-1 in shots on target).

    Finland, playing without striker Lisa Sallstrom, was more competitive in the second half with Essi Sainio blasting a shot wide from all alone in front, with the score 1-0. The Finn was injured minutes later and stretchered off.

    The Canadians regained control as the game wore on, peppering the Finnish goal.

    Canada reached the final of the inaugural tournament in 2002, losing 1-0 to the U.S. on an overtime goal. In Thailand in 2004, the Canadians were ousted in the quarter-finals by eventual winner China

    Finland, beaten twice by Canada in pre-tournament friendlies, is making its debut at the women’s world championship level.

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