EJC 2008: Finland vs. Denmark 6:46

Category: - published 2008-07-17 by

In a game many anticipated to be a hardfought, close battle for a possible berth in the bronze medal game, Denmark came out storming, and left the Finnish team with no chance. The Danish offense gained almost 470 yards, and was efficient with both the running and the passing game.
After a dominating 46-6 (21-0) victory, the Danish team is now 1-2, and awaits the result of tonights game between Austria and Germany to see if it makes it in the medal round for the first time.

The Finnish team, also 1-2, finishes last in group B due to tie-breakers, and plays for the 7th place on Saturday against Spain.
The biggest stars of the winning team were quarterback Johnsen, who completed 19 of 26 passes for 309 yards and 3 TD:s. At running back, Feer gained 163 yards on 16 attempts, including a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The defense moved well to the ball, and allowed the Finns only 3,4 yards per rush and 6 completed passes on 24 attempts.
The name of the game was clear early on. The Danish team was ready to play, whereas the Finns were not. The red&white offense was firing on all cylinders, and scored on its first three possessions, whereas the Finnish team could hardly get any yards against the quick defense of Denmark. The Danish team started all its first scoring drives from a good field position, and walked through the Finnish defense for scores. After the first quarter, the score was 21-0.
The Finnish team improved its play for the second quarter, which was scoreless. After half time, the Danish offense continued where it left off. It had had converted third downs well all game, and continued with a long pass on fourth down, which took them close to the Finnish end zone. The Danes had to settle for a 22 yard field goal, which made the score 24-0.
The Finns changed their quarterback for the second half, with Janne Lehtinen replacing Joonas Andersson. Lehtinen brought some energy to his teams offence, and on his first drive the Finns managed to get their only touchdown on a pass from Lehtinen. But was not enough when the teams defense could not do much to slow down the Danish offense, which rolled on for three more touchdowns. With the winning margin of 40 points, the Danes win the three way tie-breaker in the case of an Austrian loss, and advance to the bronze medal game on Sunday.
“We had a gameplan to win by 36, which would be enough. This was a fantastic game, the offence did a tremendous job, great game by the quarterback and the running back. And also the coaching staff, who watched a lot of film”, head coach Lars Carlsen said happily after the game.

Finnish head coach Sakari Pusenius was in a completely different mood.

"The stakes were high, but we were beat in every area of the game. We have tackled poorly in every game of the tournament, and the Danes were a faster team. We didn't get any big plays"."

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