European Championships: Rantanen and Kalmari scores in losing effort

Anna-Kaisa Rantanen and Laura Kalmari scored for Finland, but nonetheless lost 2-3 to England in their first group match. All Finland's six Damallsvenskan players (Anne Mäkinen, Jessica Julin and Sanna Valkonen in Umeå, Anna-Kaisa Rantanen in Linköping, Heidi Kackur in Kopparbergs/Göteborg and Laura Kalmari in Djurgården/Älvsjö) started with Heidi Kackur substituted in the 81st minute.

England took a 2-0 lead in the first half with rather few opportunities for Finland. Not until after England's Kelly Smith left the pitch at halftime Finland managed to get a hold of the match and dominated large parts of the second half, resulting in Rantanen's long shot from outside the area and Kalmari's header in the last minute of regulation time. Finland's heavy attacking opened for english counters with Aluko, waiting on the offside mark, managing to get one-on-one with the finnish keeper Kunnas at least three times. Some brilliant goalkeeping from Kunnas kept Finland in the match until Carney scored on a rebound in extratime.

Jessica Julin and Mikko Käld post game interviews (Real Audio)

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2012-08-17 @ 08:04:37

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