Ebene News – FI – Natalia Kuikka plays full 90 as Finland qualifies for € 2,022

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The Boreal Owls needed a 90th minute winner to beat Portugal and qualify for EUROS

Portland Thorns FC’s Natalia Kuikka played 90 minutes in Finland’s spectacular 2022 UEFA Women’s qualifier against Portugal

The first half had consistent end-to-end action that rarely ended in real scoring chances Finland dominated possession and looked to force their possession-based game in Portugal Portugal seemed content to absorb the pressure and then to counter-attack, led by Diana Silva and Claudia Neto

Finland created some half chances, but the first big chance in the game came from Portugal Silva was released behind Finland’s back line and was on goal The angle was tight and she couldn’t find than the side net

The boreal owls immediately responded with their own luck The ball fell on Sanni Franssi above the 18-meter penalty area and she shot over the bar

Finland came out the best team in the second half The Boreal Owls had a great chance to take the lead in the 55th minute when Franssi swung a cross destined for Linda Sallstrom, who couldn’t grab it Kuikka a forced the keeper to make an incredible save a minute later with a ball header

Portugal replaced Jessica Silva, who was an immediate thorn alongside the Finnish defense

With the last kick of the match, Sallstrom threw a shot over the goalkeeper and into the net to qualify for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022

Natalia Kuikka

Ebene News – FI – Natalia Kuikka plays 90% as Finland qualifies for € 2,022

Source: https://www.stumptownfooty.com/2021/2/19/22291273/natalia-kuikka-plays-full-90-as-finland-qualify-for-2022-euros-boreal-owls-portugal