• FT

    Croatia

    3

    Malta

    0

  • FT

    Finland

    8

    San Marino

    0

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland

Referee: Radek Matejek | Attendance: 8192

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Finland

  • Mika Vayrynen 39'
  • Kasper Hamalainen 48'
  • Mikael Forssell 51'
  • Mikael Forssell 59'
  • Kasper Hamalainen 67'
  • Jari Litmanen 71' PEN
  • Roni Porokara 73'
  • Mikael Forssell 78'

8 - 0

FT

Forssell hits hat-trick

Mikael Forssell helped himself to a hat-trick as Finland picked up their first points of their European Championship qualifying campaign in style with a convincing win over fellow Group E strugglers San Marino.

Kasper Hamalainen (2), Mika Vayrynen, Jari Litmanen and substitute Roni Porokara also netted in a one-sided Group E clash - with seven of the goals coming in the space of 30 second-half minutes.

Roman Eremenko, Alexei Eremenko and Vayrynen all threatened in the first half - but 38 minutes had passed when Vayrynen made the first breakthrough, converting Hamalainen's cross from close range.

It was 2-0 in the 48th minute, with Hamalainen heading in a Roman Eremenko cross - and the floodgates were open.

Forssell got his first in the 51st minute with a left-footed effort from 18 yards and the Hannover striker made it 4-0 from close range when he found space to round off Niklas Moisander's cross.

Hamalainen got his second and his country's fifth goal in the 67th minute, finishing emphatically after good work by Veli Lampi.

Veteran Litmanen blasted in the sixth from the penalty spot in the 71st minute after defender Nicola Albani had brought down Forssell.

It was seven a little more than two minutes later when Porokara, who had only been on the pitch for three minutes, finished convincingly after Roman Eremenko had created the chance.

And Forssell fittingly rounded off the scoring in the 78th minute, his hat-trick goal proving too hot for exposed San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini.

However, Olli Huttunen's team will face an uphill task to qualify for Euro 2012 - they are still three points behind fourth-placed Moldova.