Lithuania U21 vs Finland U21 by Neuro
Lithuania made a quite a positive start into the new qualifying competition for European championship as they have a 2-1-0 record so far, but are also one of rare nations that have played three matches already. Still, their opponents were weaker ones and it's still to be seen what they can do against strongest side in the group - England.
However, after two victories and a draw, their target is now getting the second position and a chance to play in play-off round where they could search for the final surprise. Their victories came over San Marino (1:0 away and 2:1 at home), while they drew on the road against Finland 2:2. Still, Lithuanians showed a positive face in that game too, leading 2:1 all the way till the 90th minute when they conceded the goal and had to get back home with a point only. In comparison to previous matches, defensive midfielder Ovidiujus Verbickas (from Zenit second team) is back after not playing in the last game, while striker Kazlauskas (from Atlantas) is about to serve suspension today.
Finland has also made quite a right step into the qualifications, as they are coming from a 5:1 victory over Wales away from home, earned in their second match in the group. First one, as described, saw them drawing 2:2 at home against Lithuanians. In a previous game against Wales, they made a strong appearance with four goals scored in the first half when everything was decided.
With three goals from Vayrynen, guests took an important victory that bounced back them to the qualifying race after they drawn to Lithuanians. Just as their opponents tonight, they also have a goal of reaching the second position in the group that might give them the chance of earning a play-off spot. Most of their players do play in the domestic league and are having important role in their clubs, which is one of the positive sides for Finnish football. Left back Hoivala is not calculated into squad due to injury, while the team has no other absentees.
Both teams are entering this match with a boosted morale and will search for victory that would be a great step towards getting the second position in the group. Open match is expected where both sides will find the net, just like in their previous recent encounters.