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Player ratings as La Roja avoid scare to secure win

Spain overturned a first-minute deficit to secure a comfortable victory over defiant minnows Finland at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on Friday night.

Headed efforts from Irene Paredes, Aitana Bonmati and Lucia Garcia and Mariona Caldentey’s penalty eventually gave La Roja all three points in Group B after Linda Sallstrom had given them a scare inside a minute of kick off.

Finland set the cat among the pigeons just 49 seconds into the game as Sallstrom ran beyond the Spain backline from Anna Westerlund’s long pass to shoot past Sandra Panos for the opener.

Spain soon settled into their rhythm, dictating possession and territory with Finland reduced to brief attacks on the counter attack where they still looked dangerous.

A disallowed header from Patricia Guijarro frustrated La Roja but they eventually drew level midway through the first half when Paredes powered a header in from Caldentey’s corner.


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