Adelina Engman 52' -
Scored: 52'


Scored: 10'
- Megan Connolly 10'

Scored: 56'
- Denise O'Sullivan 56'

Live Updates for Finland Women -v- Republic of Ireland Women

90' + 4'

FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Finland Women and Republic of Ireland Women.

And breathe. 

Ireland hold on to take a vital away win in Helsinki!

They're off the mark in the 2023 World Cup Qualifying Group A.

 

90' + 3'

These Ireland matches - they're not good for your heart!

It's a gripping finale at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium as the Fins pour forward.

Can the Girls in Green hold out?

90'

Payne makes an outrageous run down the right-hand-side and gets Ireland a corner. 

They can't make it stick though, and Finland will get another chance to strike here.

 

89'

That's a big call: Linda Sallstrom is called ashore, as Finland's top scorer makes way for Amanda Rantanen.

88'

Substitution

Amanda Rantanen  - Linda Sallstrom  (Finland Women).

86'

CHANCE!

Oh, that was hair-raising stuff there, as Finland went oh-so-close to getting back on equal terms.

Ireland survive the goalmouth scramble, but Koivisto gets a shot away and wasn't far off.

It's gonna be a tense final few minutes.

85'

Substitution

Essi Sainio  - Ria Oling  (Finland Women).

84'

Brosnan has built upon her stellar showing against Sweden with a series of fine interventions in the last few minutes. 

The decent crosses from Finland can only find the rising fist of Brosnan.

80'

Finland are launching attack after attack right now, and despite resolute and spirited defending from the Irish, they can't seem to stop the home side pouring forward.

On the sideline, Sainio is preparing to enter the game for the Fins.

 

76'

Brosnan goes down and receives a bit of treatment on a heavily-strapped right knee.

Whatever the issue, it eats up precious seconds.

75'

Substitution

Rianna Jarrett  - Lucy Quinn  (Republic of Ireland Women).

71'

Yellow Card

Jamie Finn (Republic of Ireland Women) is booked.

69'

And McCabe goes very close to making it three for the away side.

She drives a low shot just past the right post, and was berating herself for missing that chance.

65'

It's end-to-end stuff at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium - both sides are chomping at the bit trying to grab another goal. 

61'

CHANCE! 

Hyyrynen is causing Ireland all sorts of problems on the Ireland left flank. 

She's free again to put a glorious ball into Sallstrom. Fahey gets to it before the Finnish talisman, and McCabe clears it from danger.

60'

Another heavy challenge on McCabe from the goalscorer Engman. 

McCabe is not happy, and makes her feelings known to referee Alexandra Collin. 

No love lost between these two, anyway.

56'

ASSIST!

Heather Payne (Republic of Ireland Women) provides the assist.

56'

GOAL!

Denise O'Sullivan (Republic of Ireland Women) scores.

A horror show from Korpela! 

Payne and Finn link up superbly on the right wing. Payne loses her marker and lobs the ball towards the Finnish goal. 

Korpela makes a mess of trying to control it and O'Sullivan comes racing in at the far post to head it home.

Well-deserved for O'Sullivan - she's been incredible for her team today.

52'

ASSIST!

Tuija Hyyrynen (Finland Women) provides the assist.

52'

GOAL!

Adelina Engman (Finland Women) scores.

51'

Now McCabe is down and receiving some attention. She looks to be in some distress.

48'

Connolly is down after a heavy challenge from Sallstrom, but thankfully, she's back to her feet.

46'

SECOND HALF

The second half between Finland Women and Republic of Ireland Women has started.

We're back for the second 45 here in Helsinki.

45' + 1'

HALF TIME

It is half-time between Finland Women and Republic of Ireland Women.

It's half-time in Helsinki, with Ireland leading 1-0 at the break.

The away side were dominant in the first 10 minutes, resulting in Connolly's breakthrough from the free kick.

However, the Finnish grew into the game, and had a couple of chances to levels things up.

45' + 1'

Brosnan is a long way off her line and the Fins look to capitalise, but cannot compose themselves in time. 

Shot goes wide and the referee calls time on the first half before Brosnan can take the goal kick.

42'

Savannah McCarthy has been excellent in defence for Ireland today. 

The Galway player has made a few crucial tackles as the Fins made darting runs towards the Ireland goal.

37'

Sharp intake of breath as O'Sullivan takes a bang to the knee in a challenge with Engman. 

She shakes it off though. 

32'

CHANCE! 

Hyyrynen is not doing a lot wrong at the set-piece this evening.

Her corner swings into the Ireland box and Kuikka's header is inches over the crossbar.

30'

Finland are playing all the football right now.

Hyyrynen's free kick was teed up beautifully for Sallstrom. Her headed effort went wide, but not by much. 

That's the home side's best chance so far in this game.

25'

After a series of Finland corners, Ireland finally manage to control the situation.

Finland are growing into this game, however, as the Girls in Green just can't seem to hold the ball for very long at the moment.

21'

Ireland lose the ball deep in the Finland half and the home side are able to gobble up the space and launch a counter-attack.

Engman gets into the Ireland box but McCabe gets the sliding block.

 

17'

Finland keeping hold of the ball now, looking for a way through this Ireland defence.

Came close with Engman getting a shot away outside the box, just to the left, but it floats past the Ireland goal.

10'

GOAL!

Megan Connolly (Republic of Ireland Women) scores.

Ireland get their reward after dominating the opening minutes of this game.

Finland concede a free kick on the edge of their 18-yard box, and Megan Connolly hits the underside of the crossbar and over the line!

Not a whole lot Korpela could do about that one.

7'

Strong attacking spell from Ireland, as Denise O'Sullivan's shot goes off a Finland player and out for a corner. 

McCabe's corner swings dangerously into the box and is blocked on the line. 

Fins are under the cosh here.

2'

Hyyrynen (FIN) takes the first corner of the game. Brosnan manages to fist it away but the clearance falls to a Finnish player, whose shot loop slowly just over the crossbar.

1'

GAME ON!

The game between Finland Women and Republic of Ireland Women has kicked off.

We're underway at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, as both sets of players take the knee. Finland kick off!

0'

The teams are heading out onto the pitch at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium. 

0'

Finland are currently ranked 25th in the world, and have taken all 6 points from their first two games in this group.

Keep an eye out today for Linda Sallstrom - she's looking to score her 50th goal for her country tonight. 

0'

Meanwhile, Finland have made 4 changes from the side that won 3-0 away to Georgia on Thursday. Here's how the home side shape up:

 

0'

It's as you were for Vera Pauw's side; no changes from the Sweden game on Thursday.

 

0'

Good afternoon, folks!

It's Cameron Hill here, taking you through all the action for Ireland 2023 World Cup Qualifier away to Finland. (KO: 4:15pm)

We'll have team news for you shortly.





Finland Women
LAug. 31, 2018
Spain Women 5 - 1 Finland Women
WSept. 21, 2021
Finland Women 2 - 1 Slovakia W
WOct. 21, 2021
Georgia Women 0 - 3 Finland Women
LOct. 26, 2021
Finland Women 1 - 2 Ireland W
LNov. 25, 2021
Sweden 2 - 1 Finland Women
Tinja-Rikka Korpela
Goalkeeper
Natalia Kuikka
Defender
Emma Koivisto
Defender
Tuija Hyyrynen
Defender
Anna Westerlund
Defender
Eveliina Summanen
Midfielder
Ria Oling
85'
85Subbed Off: Essi Sainio 85'
Midfielder
Adelina Engman
Scored: 52'
Midfielder
Emmi Alanen
Midfielder
Linda Sallstrom
88'
88Subbed Off: Amanda Rantanen 88'
Forward
Sanni Franssi
Forward

Substitutes
Julia Tunturi
Unknown
Anna Tamminen
Goalkeeper
Essi Sainio
85'
85Subbed On: Ria Oling 85'
Midfield
Amanda Rantanen
88'
88Subbed On: Linda Sallstrom 88'
Forward
Jutta Rantala
Forward
Elli Pikkujamsa
Defender
Eva Nystrom
Defender
Paula Myllyoja
Goalkeeper
Juliette Kemppi
Forward
Nora Heroum
Midfield
Anna Auvinen
Defender
Olga Ahtinen
Midfield
Ireland W
WSept. 21, 2021
Ireland W 3 - 2 Australia
LOct. 21, 2021
Ireland W 0 - 1 Sweden
WOct. 26, 2021
Finland Women 1 - 2 Ireland W
DNov. 25, 2021
Ireland W 1 - 1 Slovakia W
WNov. 30, 2021
Ireland W 11 - 0 Georgia Women
Courtney Brosnan
Goalkeeper
Niamh Fahey
Defender
Louise Quinn
Defender
Megan Connolly
Midfielder
Scored: 10'
Jamie Finn
Midfielder
Booked: 71'
Savannah McCarthy
Midfielder
Denise O'Sullivan
Midfielder
Scored: 56'
15 Katie McCabe
Forward
Aine O'Gorman
Forward
Heather Payne
Forward
Lucy Quinn
Forward 75'
75Subbed Off: Rianna Jarrett 75'

Substitutes
Eve Badana
Goalkeeper
Amber Barrett
Forward
Diane Caldwell
Defender
Aoibheann Clancy
Midfield
Niamh Farrelly
Midfield
Ciara Grant
Midfield
Rianna Jarrett
Forward 75'
75Subbed On: Lucy Quinn 75'
Leanne Kiernan
Forward
Roma McLaughlin
Midfield
Grace Moloney
Goalkeeper
Saoirse Noonan
Forward
Claire Walsh
Defender

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying Group A

Date: 4:15 p.m. Oct. 26, 2021

Venue:

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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