After a turgid performance against
The build up to the
This is a lot of hot air, really. When Javier Clemente was asked after if he was surprised by
Clemente would be well advised not to seek employment in the Finnish press if he can't make more of selection decisions than that.
A good win on Wednesday against
Against Serbia Finland had looked painfully limited, with Vidic showing his class and the Serb midfield dominating against Markus Heikkinen and Jari Ilola, two defensive midfielders.
There was a strong political dimension to Saturday's game, with Serbian President Boris Tadic watching the game with EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn, a Finn. Rehn is relatively well regarded in
This would not be a popular move in
In the end President Tadic's team was victorious and went straight to the dressing rooms to congratulate the Serbian players. Other results went as expected and
Perhaps the most interesting contests in the group will have no bearing on the top two positions. A double-header in September takes
For all the permutations, this group is
Oh, and if you were wondering, the answer to the opening beer question is 3 pints. After the Danish fan who attacked Markus Frandel in
A slack-jawed nationalist MP and Millwall fan called Timo Soini admitted to three beers before a game. Arto Nyberg, who hosts a chat show on the state broadcaster, also said three beers gets him in the mood for