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Saturday, 6 October, 2001, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Clockwatch: Germany 0-0 Finland
Germany v Finland clockwatch
Minute-by-minute action from Germany's 0-0 draw with Finland, that means Rudi Völler's side must settle for a place in the play-offs to qualify for the World Cup.

1500 BST: The game gets underway to the sound of a noisy home crowd.

3 mins: Germany put the Finnish defence under early pressure by winning a corner.

12 mins: Finland's Jari Litmanen is fouled by Germany's Christian Wörns.

But nothing comes from the resulting free-kick as Finland waste a good opportunity to threaten the German goal.

15 mins: Germany's Joerg Böhme whips an excellent cross into the Finland area but team-mate Michael Ballack fails to get near it.

19 mins: Germany's Oliver Bierhoff strays just offside after a defence-splitting pass from the back.

22 mins: The home crowd become frustrated with their team's inability to convert possession into a decent opening.

24 mins: Germany's Böhme takes a corner which Bierhoff leaps for but fails to direct on target.

26 mins: Finland's Mika Nurmela's shot on the German goal is blocked by Jens Novotny, who is left carrying an injury.

Oliver Neuville
Neuville: Guilty of a bad miss

28 mins: Germany striker Oliver Neuville is booked for tangling with Finland and Crystal Palace midfielder Aki Riihilahti.

33 mins: Neuville wastes Germany's best chance of the game so far after he blazes over the Finland crossbar from 10 yards out.

38 mins: Finland's Juha Reini forces a good save out of Germany keeper Oliver Kahn after his free-kick deflects off the German wall.

40 mins: News of Greece's goal against England filters through to Germany as the home crowd raises the volume.

43 mins: Finland's Mikael Forssell unleashes a powerful shot but it flies well wide.

45 mins: Some good work by Germany's Böhme on the left puts the Finnish defence under pressure as Völler's team finish the half strongly.

Half time: Germany 0-0 Finland

47 mins: Finland start the second half brightly and take the game to Germany.

50 mins: Finland's Juha Reini is booked for a bad tackle on Germany's Ballack.

58 mins: Germany up the tempo, laying siege to the Finland goal as Bierhoff goes close to heading in the opener.

62 mins: Germany and Spurs wing-back Christian Ziege fires a free-kick wide after second-half substitute Gerald Asamoah is crudely brought down on the edge of the area.

64 mins: Germany's Bierhoff hits the upright with a fiercely-struck shot.

65 mins: Finland bring on Shefki Kuqi for Charlton's Jonatan Johansson.

67 mins: The German crowd cannot believe their eyes as Bierhoff strikes the ball straight at the Finnish keeper and then has a header cleared off the line from the resulting corner.

Germany captian Oliver Bierhoff
Bierhoff: Denied a goal three times

75 mins: Germany's Bierhoff is again denied by the woodwork and Neuville fails to put away the rebound as Finland escape once more thanks to some desperate defending.

78 mins: Finland's Litmanen forces an excellent save from Kahn in the German goal.

80 mins: Germany's Asamoah goes down in the Finland area but all penalty appeals are waved away by Swedish referee Anders Frisk.

83 mins: Finland's Forssell is forced off the pitch after challenging for the ball with Germany's Ziege.

90 mins: The referee's assistant signals three minutes of added time as Germany go in search of the winner.

91 mins: Finland keeper Antti Niemi is tested by Germany's Ballack.

93 mins: Germany are held to a goalless draw by Finland as they wait to hear if they will top Group Nine.

Full time: Germany 0-0 Finland

94 mins: Germany are forced into the play-offs after David Beckham's last-gasp equaliser against Greece sends England through to next year's World Cup finals.

Germany: Kahn, Rehmer, Worns, Nowotny, Ziege, Ramelow, Ballack, Bohme, Deisler, Neuville, Bierhoff. Subs: Lehmann, Klose, Asamoah, Frank Baumann, Bode, Ricken, Schneider.

Finland: Niemi, Reini, Saarinen, Hyypia, Tihinen, Riihilahti, Nurmela, Tainio, Litmanen, Forssell, Johansson. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Wiss, Gronlund, Kuqi, Helin, Kuivasto, Kallio.

Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden).

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