BBC Home
Explore the BBC



Last Updated: Saturday March 28 2009 17:23 GMT

Wales slump to home Finland loss

Jonatan Johansson scores for Finland

Wales' hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in 2010 have been hit hard by a 2-0 defeat at home to Finland.

A goal in each half earned Finland victory in Cardiff, and the score could have been worse for the home side.

Wales started well and had a lot of possession in the first half, but it was Finland who opened the scoring when Jonatan Johansson slid the ball home.

Finland were much better after the break, and after missing a couple of chances, Shefki Kuqi sealed the win.

It's now going to be very difficult for Wales to qualify for the next World Cup, as they are now fourth in their qualifying group.

They also have two very good teams in their group, Germany and Russia.

England friendly

Later on Saturday Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all play World Cup qualifiers of their own.

England are also playing, but their home match with Slovakia is a friendly.