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The balance of power in Group G of the European Championship qualification is relatively clear. Italy is considered a big favorite. Normally, Greece and Bosnia will play the second European Championship ticket, while Finland and Armenia will duel for fourth and fifth. Underdog Liechtenstein will probably only stay in sixth place. On the first matchday, the three group favorites prevailed and confirmed the role of favorites. On matchday two, in the duel between Armenia and Finland, two teams face each other and lost to the opening match.
Armenia lost 2-1 in Bosnia, while Finland lost 2-0 away to their favorites Italy. The Scandinavians are in action for the second time in a row. After the strong autumn in the UEFA Nations League, confidence in Finland is great, with another defeat would probably also the mini-hope for a top two place early to shelve act. But this also applies to Armenia; accordingly, a game will develop here in which the top motto is “lose forbidden”. Game start in Yerevan is on Tuesday evening already at 17 o’clock.
The best ranking reached Armenia, who played their first international match in October 1992, in a qualifier for the European Championship finals in 2012. As a group Knights, the play-off games were only gossamer missed. In the remaining qualifications, Armenia was always far from realizing the dream of the first major event. Looking at the squad of the current FIFA World Cup number 101, this is not surprising. Outstanding actor is the former Dortmunder and now Arsenal player Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The 30-year-old is the only player who has prevailed in a top league. Otherwise, there are no known names in Armen Gyulbudaghyant’s squad (since last October). Really rosy prospects for the future are also missing, because the current squad is relatively old. In the first qualifying match in Bosnia, the average age was 29.3 years. In the current 23-man squad, striker Norberto Brissaco-Balekian is the youngest player at the age of 23.
Almost every offensive action seeks Captain Mkhitaryan, so the offensive game is relatively easy to see through. Against Bosnia, the Armenians were able to give only one shot at the opposing case throughout the match – the penalty from Mkhitaryan handball in the 93rd minute. Offensively, the team presented as a lukewarm breeze. Armenieni could still achieve 14 goals in six games in the Nations League. But Bosnia – or even Finland – is a different caliber than Gibraltar or Liechtenstein.
Football plays only a minor role in Finland – in view of the sporting achievements of the Finns not very surprising. Never before has the team from northern Europe been able to qualify for a World or European Championship. However, the current number 58 in the world may dream of the first participation in the coming year. Second place in this group G is an ambitious goal, but Finland is one of four group winners in the third-class Nations League C. Thanks to a strong defensive performance, the team of head coach Markku Kanerva four to-zero victories against Hungary, Greece and twice Estonia. With twelve points, the foundation stone was laid for group victory, the two final defeats in Greece (0: 1) and Hungary (0: 2) were accordingly no longer relevant. Finland celebrated thus the rise in the Nations League B and may dream in the spring of 2020 in the final tournament of an EM ticket.
Especially the fact that Greece could be relieved gives the “Suomi” courage in this qualification. In the squad of the Finns Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky is by far the most famous player. Striker Teemu Pukki (former Schalke) also has a Germany past. Otherwise, only a few Kaderspieler the fan in this country a term. Nearly all actors earn their money abroad.
In the 0-2 defeat in Italy, Finland presented itself as a strong and venomous team, which could make narrow especially on the defensive the rooms. The few goals in recent months are not really surprising. In the game forward, however, there is basically a lack of penetration.
Armenia vs Finland head to head matches
15.11.06 EUR Finland Armenia 1 : 0
07.10.06 EUR Armenia Finland 0 : 0
09.10.04 WC Finland Armenia 3 : 1
08.09.04 WC Armenia Finland 0 : 2