Belgium got the better of Finland with goals from Romelu Lukaku and an own goal from goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. Belgium finished top of Group B with a perfect record. The result meant that Finland finished in third place behind Denmark and ahead of Russia.
Despite the own goal, Hradecky produced one of the performances of the tournament so far saving shots from Romelu Lukaku, Jeremy Doku, and Eden Hazard twice. Finland was on course to finish second in the group before an unfortunate Hradecky goal relegated them to third. Lukaku then put the game beyond the reach of Finland with a neat finish.
Finland: Hradecky (8), Raitala (7), Toivio (7), Arajurri (7), O’Shaughnessy (7), Uronen (7), Lod (7), Sparv (7), Kamara (7), Pohjanpalo (6), Pukki (6)
Subs: Schuller (6), Kauko (6), Alho (6), Forss (NA), Jensen (NA)
Belgium: Courtois (6), Boyata (6), Denayer (6), Vermaelen (7), Trossard (6), De Bruyne (7), Witsel (6), Chadli (6), Doku (7), Hazard (6), Lukaku (7)
Subs: Meunier (NA), Batshuayi (NA), Benteke (NA), Vanaken (NA)
Man of the match: Lukas Hradecky
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez: “We were really focused, professional. We defended very well and waited for the first goal. We knew that would open everything up. We were almost there in the first half but we adapted to a difficult team. Finland has had a great tournament, and we had to be at our best to get the win today.”
Finland boss Markku Kanerva: “I’m very proud of the work ethic my players showed today. You saw the quality of Belgium, but I’m extremely proud of the way my players fought. We also created a couple of chances, but those shots were blocked, unfortunately.” Kanerva said after his Finland side fell short against Belgium. “We were a little unlucky with the first goal. I’m disappointed we couldn’t get a point. We now have a little, little chance of going through, but I’m proud of our performance in the tournament. We showed we belong here.”