Fourth round of Veikkausliiga

FF Jaro – IFK Mariehamn 1-2
RoPS – MyPa 1-1
TPS – FC Honka 2-1
FC Haka – TamU 1-1
FC Lahti – FC Inter 0-1
FC KooTeePee – VPS 0-0
HJK – KuPS 0-0

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Inter are still running high. This time Mika Ojala converted a penalty to secure the three points and break Lahti’s 100% record. Inter are topping the table, being the only team with four straight wins. In my book, their recent run has seen them turn from a mid-table team into one who could be serious challengers for European spots.

Nicholas Otaru put Honka in front in the match between TPS and Honka. Five minutes later Tomi Maanoja fumbled a cross from the left and Mikko Paatelainen was there to score an equalizer. TPS weren’t convincing at all in the first half, but a surprisingly different team took care of the proceedings in the second half after Aristides Pertot and Kasper Hämäläinen came on. Aristides Pertot ended up scoring the winner with a wonderful strike following a cross from Urmas Rooba.

The second half performance was very encouraging and a win over European candidates sure must have felt good, but TPS will face a problem once again since Kiko was sent off following a late tackle on Ville Jalasto. Upon first seeing it I thought the challenge was only worthy of a yellow card, but judging by the highlight clip the more Christmas-like card was perhaps the right option.

Referees just don’t seem to understand how a big man like Armand One could possibly be fouled. He wasn’t the best player on the pitch, but who would be when having one to three guys climbing all over and with the whistle never giving the advantage?

The attendance added up to a disappointing 4,314. All you can say is that you have to earn the big crowds and the derby performance did nothing to do that. Tonight’s match might just have more people showing up on Sunday as the team in blacks and whites takes on FF Jaro.

KooTeePee recorded their first point at the expense of VPS, but their fans are not likely to start writing songs about their miraculous survival battle in Veikkausliiga. They have conceded 11 goals in four games and will definitely have a tough time this year. That seems to be the case with KuPS as well, but the draw they got at title candidates HJK might do something about their confidence.

TamU have a tough time trying to win. In fact, they could be happy not to lose as they got a lucky equalizer just about eight minutes prior to the final whistle. RoPS have lost just once and could be up for a surprise come the end of the season. On the other hand, it seems Jaro could not turn their inspiring performance at TamU to points in matches following the league opener. We may be seeing surprises from the young Pietarsaari side with loads of potential, though.

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4 Responses

  1. Crazymadpropsbigupyourself to Joonas Pöntinen, KuPS’s 18 year old third choice keeper who played at HJK and kept a clean sheet. That result came out of nowhere, and it does piss on HJK’s chips a bit as their next game is away at 100% Inter, which will be tough for them.

    Haka and TamU were both pretty poor. TamU’s system was a bit more solid as Saarinen played well in his midfield holding role, but he’s not as fit as he used to be. Pohja was everywhere, Niemi was decent, Rafinha was stupidly fast and skillful, but they’re still not quite a ‘team’.

    Mikko Manninen was excellent, and for the goal showed the problems TamU’s midfield has, as he was left to pick his pass with ease, only 30-40 yards from goal.

    TamU were lucky to get a point.

  2. Things have changed since last season. TPS have been crappy, but they got the equalizer at TamU and came back to win Honka last night, both occasions being something that wouldn’t have taken place last year. On the other hand TamU are losing or drawing games they should win and have yet to record a three-pointer.

    It looks damn interesting now, with the top title candidates TPS and HJK having only one point separating them. (Interestingly, HJK have only conceded once while TPS has both and conceded six goals).

    I thought Jaro could be up for surprises, but it seems their work has been cut out for now. I’d love to see them go up in the table though. However, I hope Sunday is not gonna be the day they do that…

  3. Jaro play very good football and im see explode their potential tomorrow. RoPS doesnt play so delightfully, they just use weak of their rivals (first weak Tampere, struggling MyPa, Honka with no powerful and no motivation (boring 0-0)). Jaro need more 3 ponits tomorrow and i think they do it.

    Please write more about injuries in clubs ill be very grateful mate.

    Cheers 🙂

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