MILTON KEYNES (Reuters) – Favourites Spain made a profitable begin to their Women’s European Championship marketing campaign after they got here from behind to beat Finland 4-1 in Milton Keynes on Friday.
Linda Sallstrom gave Finland a shock lead in the primary minute however Spain bounced again with headers from captain Irene Paredes, midfielder Aitana Bonmati and ahead Lucia Garcia. They rounded off the scoring with a penalty from Mariona Caldentey.
Forward Sallstrom hit a low shot into the underside left nook following an outstanding move from defender Anna Westerlund as underdogs Finland took early management of the Group B encounter.
But Spain, enjoying with out the injured Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas, quickly overcame the early jitters and located the equaliser in the twenty sixth minute when the unmarked Paredes scored a towering header from Caldentey’s nook.
Jorge Vilda’s crew took the lead in the forty first minute after Mapi Leon swept in a superb cross from the left and Bonmati headed the ball into the highest nook.
Garcia then headed in from Leon’s free kick in the seventy fifth minute to make it 3-1 earlier than Caldentey scored with a stoppage-time penalty.
Caldentey discovered the highest nook from the spot in the ninety fifth minute after Elli Pikkujamsa introduced down Marta Cardona in the field.
The victory put Spain high of Group B, which additionally consists of Denmark and Germany.
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)