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There were two mid-table clashes in Finland‘s Veikkausliiga on Monday with RoPS (Rovaniemen Palloseura) and IFK Mariehamn coming out on top against MYPA (Myllykosken Pallo 47) and TPS (Turun Palloseura) respectively. RoPS won 1-0 at MYPA thanks to a very early goal from Nigerian defender Faith Olibor to end a run of seven away games without a league win whereas Mariehamn left it late against TPS and only broke the deadlock in the eighty third minute through New Zealand striker Kris Bright, who had come off the bench. Thomas Hradecky added a second with two minutes to go to secure the points and give Mariehamn their first league win in six attempts.
Elsewhere over the weekend, Honka maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 away win over struggling Lahti and second placed HJK Helsinki kept up the pressure with a 2-0 home win against JJK Jyvaskyla at the Sonera Stadium. They continue to trail Honka by two points. There was also a win for Jaro against VPS and a 2-2 draw between Inter Turku and KuPS. KuPS striker Ilja Venäläinen remains league top scorer on nine goals despite not adding to his tally over the weekend.
Denmark‘s hopes of qualifying for World Cup 2014 in Brazil are all but over after they suffered a humiliating four nil defeat at the hands of Armenia in front of almost 15,000 fans at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen. The Danes got off to the worst possible start when Spartak Moscow forward Yura Movsisyan gave Armenia the lead in the very first minute and it got even worse eighteen minutes later when Aras Ozbiliz doubled the advantage. A strong Denmark side containing the likes of Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli and promising young striker Andreas Cornelius failed to fight back and they fell even further behind in the 59th minute when Movsisyan got his second. It was left to much-sought-after Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan to round off the scoring and complete Denmark‘s misery eight minutes from time. The result puts Armenia level with Denmark in joint fourth in Group B with six points each from six games, but they are both four points behind a play-off spot with only four games remaining.
In Group C, Sweden completed the formality of a victory at home against the Faroe Islands at the Friends Arena in Solna. Paris-Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic got both goals in the 2-0 win, the second coming from the penalty spot only three minutes after his team mate Andreas Granqvist had been sent off. The three points put the Swedes back level with Austria and the Republic of Ireland in the three way race for second place behind Germany. The three rivals for the play-off spot are all on eleven points with four games to go.
The other game of the night in the European qualifying tournament came in Group I where Belarus came from behind to draw 1-1 with Finland at the Cemtral Stadium in Gomel. Schalke 04 striker Teemu Pukki gave Finland the lead in the 22nd minute and they looked like holding on for the win until Krylya Sovetov’s Dmitriy Verkhovtsov equalised with only five minutes remaining. Neither team is likely to qualify from a group that has been dominated by Spain and France.