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16.10.2006 SAJL


FINLAND RUSSIA 42 - 0 (7 - 0, 14 - 0, 21 - 0, 0 - 0)

(c) EFAF


Finland defeated Russia 42-0 (21-0) in World Cup qualifications to advance
to the final round of qualifications to meet France to determine which
team will be the third representative of Europe in next years IFAF World
Cup in Kawasaki, Japan.

Finland started the game strong and took the ball quickly to Russia 1-yard
line only to be denied by a snap fumble. Finnish team was not to be denied
on the next series as Russia bit into a play-action fake on 4th and 1
situation and QB PETRUS PENKKI found TE KLAUS ALINEN wide open for a
25-yard touchdown pass. Kicker KARI HYTONEN nailed the extra point to make
it 7-0 for home team. As Finnish defense stopped Russia again quickly
Finland was back on the offense. This time PENKKI ALINEN duo combined
for a 32-yard touchdown pass before HYTONEN made it 14-0 for Finland. As
Russia could not find openings in Finnish defense, Finland continued to
advance through the air. This time PENKKI found WR HENRI MYOHANEN open in
the corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass. HYTONEN kicked in
the point after to make it 21-0 before half time.

In the third quarter Finland crushed Russia's comeback hopes quickly. As
Russia failed to field opening kick-off Finnish players recovered the
loose ball on Russia 15-yard line and just 2 plays later RB TEEMU LOLLO
found end zone with a 15-yard run. HYTONEN made it 28-0 kicking the extra
point through the up rights. After that MYOHANEN and LOLLO scored both
ones and WR VILLE KURVINEN rushed one extra point to make it 42-0 after
three quarters. In the 4th quarter Russia had its best opportunity
advancing all the way to Finnish 17-yard line, but at that point Finnish
defense quickly pushed Russia back to mid field with two sacks saving the
shut out.

While both teams were left under 100 yards of rushing, Finland made the
difference in passing yards, 299 against 29 taking the total yards 381 to
120. As Finnish offense racked up 8.1 yards per play, the Russians had no
real chance for an upset.

Finnish QB PETRUS PENKKI passed 266 yards with 16 completions out of 21
attempts and 4 touchdown while his Russian counterpart EVGENI SIGAEV
completed only 4 passes out of 13 attempts for 29 yards and was
intercepted twice and sacked three times. TE KLAUS ALINEN finished the day
with 6 catches for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns leading the Finnish
receiving corps, while WR HENRI MYOHANEN had 4 catches for 55 yards and 2
touchdowns. On the ground RB TEEMU LOLLO gained 41 yards with 6 carries
and 2 touchdowns for Finland. For Russia ANTON PARAMONOV led the team with
16 carries for 43 yards and ILYA SMIRNOV had 11 carries for 39 yards.

On defense Russia's leading tackler was PAVEL KHOROSHILOV with 4,0 tackles
and 1,0 tackles for loss. Finnish LB KALLE DA SILVA was all over the field
and totalled 13,0 tackles with 1,5 tackles for loss and 1 sack. But the
game MVP award was taken home by DE MARKO LUOMA who finished the day with
5,0 tackles, 2,5 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception.

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