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World Cup qualifying: Spain 1 Finland 1

Created on 22 Mar., 2013 10:50 PM GMT

Finland have sensationally denied world champions Spain in Gijon, with the Nordic country earning a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw.

Following the script, Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos scored in his 100th international appearance on 49 minutes, heading home from a David Silva corner.

But the Finns made Spain pay on the counter with little over 10 minutes remaining, as a low left-footed cross from Alexander Ring found Teemu Pukki in front of goal, and the Schalke man poked home past Victor Valdes to send the away bench into raptures.

Finland held out in the face of some late Spain pressure, with goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa eventually holding onto the ball following a goalmouth scramble on 90 minutes - one that saw Silva yellow carded for kicking the shot-stopper shortly after he secured possession.

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