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Spain vs. Finland: World Cup Qualifying Live Score, Highlights, Recap

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27:  Jesus Navas, Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrate the winning penalty during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 22, 2013

Finland produced a great performance to hold World and European champions Spain to a 1-1 draw in Gijon.

The visitor's plan was clear from the start: Defend.

It worked admirably in the first half too, La Roja huffed and puffed but were reduced to long range shots against one bank of four and another of five.

On his 100th cap for his country though, Sergio Ramos headed Spain 1-0 up early in the second half.

From there it looked like being another easy win for Vicente Del Bosque's men, except there was to be a final twist.

With 10 minutes remaining, Finland countered and a cross from the left was turned in by Teemu Pukki to earn his side a share of the points.

FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier: El Molinon, Gijon, Spain

Spain 1-0 Finland (Ramos - Pukki) (2nd half)

Spain: Valdes; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Cazorla (Pedro); Silva, Fabregas (Mata), Villa (Negredo)

Finland: Maenpa; Moisander, Toivio, Ring, Raitala; Arkivuo, Tainio (Sparv); Hamäläinen, R.Eremenko, Hetemaj; Pukki (Halsti)

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