EC2005: Sweden with the better end

Category: News - published 2005-07-28 by EFAF

After a close battle Sweden wins the second semi-final after a close battle.

Finland got the better start. An interception return of M. Riionheimo for a Touchdown brings the lead for them. On the next drive Finland force Sweden to punt. The blocked punt was nearly recovered by the finish team, but it rolls out of bound for a safety. Sweden shows no respect of the 9:0 and start to throw back. They finished their drive with a touchdown run of Johan Larson to close the gap to 9:6. In an open fight Finland makes the next big play. Quarterback Petrus Penkki find his Wide Receiver Anatole Wiik open for 70 yard Touchdown. Anatole Wiik gets the MVP Honour of the finish team after the game. Before halftime the Swedish team get one more fieldgoal for the 16:9 halftime standing. The drive before Sweden took 3 points of the scoreboard after a penalty on fieldgoal try. But they do not succed in getting a touchdown and the next fieldgoal try have been blocked by the good finish special teams.

In the second half Sweden brings in Hakan Ericson as quarterback. He starts to turn the game around with the help of his team-mates. Ericson was named Team MVP after the game. Sweden comes closer with 35 yards pass of Wide Receiver Johan Perlström to Oscar Dahlmann on reverse pass.
AT the beginning of the forth quarter Finland was still leading by three. Sweden manages to cross the whole field and takes the 23:19 lead. Now Finland has 4:08 on the clock to stroke back. Just only by throwing the ball the finish team reaches the 30 yard line of Sweden
So it all comes down to a fourth&10 with 35 seconds on the clock. The final pass was intercepted by Roland Biro. Sweden reach the final of European Championship 2005.

At Saturday at 6 pm Sweden will met Germany again. Just 13 days after the Worldgames Final at Duisburg, which was won by Germany 20:6, the two teams will meet again. The Worldgames final have been a close game till 4th quarter, so this final is completely open. At 1 pm the Teams of Finland and Great Britain will met to play the Bronze medal game.


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