Finland v Germany head-to-head
- Milton Keynes hosts a repeat semi-final of UEFA Women’s EURO 2005, as Finland take on eight-time champions Germany on the final day of Group B.
- Germany secured top spot in the group on matchday two, beating Spain 2-0, following their 4-0 win over Denmark, with Alexandra Popp scoring in both matches.
- Finland’s quarter-final hopes were dashed by a 1-0 loss to the Danes on July 12, following their 4-1 loss to Spain on matchday one.
- In the semi-final between the two teams, Tina Theune’s Germany took a 3-0 lead at Deepdale in Preston through Inka Grings (x2) and Conny Pohlers, before Minna Mustonen (15) lower the mark for Finland. The defending champions restored their three-goal lead with a solo from Birgit Prinz just after the hour mark and retained their title by beating Norway 3-1 in the final at Blackburn four days later.
- Germany have won the last eight matches between these two teams, scoring 32 goals.
- The two teams are meeting for the first time in over 12 years, since a friendly in Portugal in February 2010. Germany secured a 7-0 win, with Grings scoring a hat-trick and Alexandra Popp scoring twice. Nadine Kessler and Martina Müller added late goals.
- The last four matches between these nations have been in friendly tournaments in Portugal, with Germany scoring 17 unanswered goals.
- Including the EURO 2005 semi-final, Germany have scored 21 goals in their last five matches against Finland. Mustonen’s EURO 2005 goal is Finland’s only goal in their last eight meetings with Germany.
- It is only the second competitive match between the two teams since May 1996, when they faced each other in EURO 1997 qualifying. Germany have won both meetings this campaign, 3-0 in Tampere in September 1995 and 6-0 at Gifhorn seven months later.
- Finland’s only victory in this encounter was in EURO 1987 qualifying. The Finns’ only victory in the group campaign was a 1-0 loss to Germany in Turku in October 1985. Germany had won 1-0 at Lüdenscheid in the inaugural meeting between the two nations in October 1984.
- Finland’s record in its ten games against Germany is 1 win and 9 losses with 2 goals scored and 33 conceded.
- Finland are playing in their fourth EURO and reached the semi-finals on their debut in 2005, losing to Germany, but have yet to reach the last four. Four years later, they lost in the round of 16 to England, before finishing bottom of their group in their last appearance in 2013.
- Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s Germany are aiming for a ninth EURO trophy, having won eight of their previous ten appearances.
Players to follow
Finland: Adelina Engman
- The 27-year-old scored Finland’s equalizer in a 5-1 friendly loss to Japan in Turku on June 27.
- Engman is the team’s top scorer in FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifying with three goals.
- The striker spent two seasons with Chelsea in the Women’s Super League, moving from Swedish club Kopparbergs/Gothenburg in 2018, and was a team-mate to German goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger with the Blues.
- After leaving the London club, she had a short stay in France with Montpellier, before returning to Sweden to join Växjö in July 2021, then Hammarby four months later.
Germany : Klara Bühl
- The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 friendly win over Switzerland on June 24.
- It was the second hat-trick of his senior Germany career, having also netted three goals in the 8-0 win over Ukraine in October 2019 as part of EURO 2022 qualifying.
- She was part of the Germany team that won the 2016 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship in Belarus, scoring three goals in the tournament, including one in the 4-3 defeat of the England in the semi-finals.