Finland Defeats Armenia in World Cup Qualifier

YEREVAN (Reuters)–Finland beat Armenia 2-0 in a World Cup Group One qualifier on Wednesday–lifting Finland to second place in the group on six points–three behind leaders Romania who hold a perfect record.

In an often choppy game with fouls stopping the flow of play–Finland went ahead after 24 minutes when striker Mikael Forssell–surrounded by defenders–found the back of the net from the edge of the box.

Finland made it 2-0 in the 67th minute when Alexei Eremenko was put through just over the halfway line for a clear run on goal before slotting the ball past Armenian keeper Armen Ambartzumyan.

The 21-year-old–widely regarded as one of the best new talents of Finnish football–scored twice in Finland’s comfortable 3-0 win over Andorra on Saturday.

There was little for the Armenia’s to take from the match–whose goal tally is now 0-5 after two defeats in their opening two qualifiers.

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