Finland takes 7th place with a win over Spain

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Finland finishes in the seventh place in EJC 2008, defeating Spain 39-21 in their last game. Finland was also seventh in the 2006 EJC in Stockholm. The key to the Finnish victory was a strong running game. The Finns gained 303 yards on the ground, with 6,3 yards per rush. Leading the way was running back Timi Karjalainen, who rushed for 165 yards.

Finland finishes in the seventh place in EJC 2008, defeating Spain 39-21 in their last game. Finland was also seventh in the 2006 EJC in Stockholm. The key to the Finnish victory was a strong running game. The Finns gained 303 yards on the ground, with 6,3 yards per rush. Leading the way was running back Timi Karjalainen, who rushed for 165 yards.

The Spanish team did have its chances, especially in the beginning of the game. The host team moved the ball better than the Finns, but Finland managed to score on two big plays, Ville Lindsten´s run and Miro Kadmiry’s 84 yard breakout of a short pass. Finland managed to get on the scoreboard one more time before halftime, in the final second of the second quarter.

For the third quarter, Sergi Gonzalo entered the game as Spanish quarterback. The switch worked, as Gonzalo orchestrated the Spaniards’ first scoring drive with his accurate passes. But the host team could not any closer than20-7, as Finland scored once more in the third quarter and at the beginning of the fourth. Spain did score two touchdowns in the final quarter, but never really threatened the Finnish lead, as they also scored one more time.

“We started the game well, but then Spain got us in some of our weak points. We need more speed and stamina to compete better at this level”,Finnish head coach Sakari Pusenius said. He was pleased at his team’s 2-2 record which is better than in the past couple of EJC:s, but was still disappointed at the loss to Denmark, which dropped Finland to playing only for the 7th place.

Spanish coach Jesús Fernández reminded that his team was the smallest team in the tournament, and they did have problems trying to stop the Finnish ground game.

“Our conditioning and play went down when the tournament went on. We played a good game against France, but after that it was hard for the kids”.

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