Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara suffered late heartbreak for Finland last night as Wales scored with ten minutes remaining to snatch a win in last night’s UEFA Nations League opener.
Kamara lined up in central midfield alongside skipper Tim Sparv as the Finns looked to build on the momentum which saw them qualify for the Euro 2020 finals, their first major finals in 31 attempts.
After missing out on the last few Rangers starting XIs, Kamara was one of the most experienced players in the Finnish side as injury and Covid-19 restrictions hindered Markku Kanerva’s selection options.
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Wales had the ball in the back of the net just a few minutes from kick-off when Dan James’ cross was headed home by Kieffer More but the German official saw a push by Moore in the build-up and ruled it out.
It was the visitors who had the best of the opening 45 in what was a pretty poor game as both sides lacked any urgency or real quality in the final third.
Kamara looked comfortable in possession without ever really trying to drive his side on or make a cutting pass in the cavernous Olympic Stadium in Helsinki – particularly in the opening 45.
The second half saw a bit more in terms of attacking intent from Finland as they forced Wales back into their own area with Kamara growing more influential going forward as the game went on.
Where he did impress however was in breaking up Wales’ play and spoiling the attacks when Ryan Giggs’ side tried to get forward, using his ability to read the game to close off passing angles and disrupt the Welsh side’s shape.
As the Welsh players began to tire, Kamara having a number of games under his belt already really started to benefit the Finnish midfielder and the hosts looked more and more threatening.
With Finland looking the most likely of the two sides to break the deadlock, Wales stunned the Finns as the impressive Kieffer Moore finally got his goal.
Manchester United’s Dan James showed blistering pace to get down the left before cutting the ball back for Moore to fire home and give Wales three points to get the campaign started.
Kamara can’t have too many complaints about his own performance despite seeing his side lose out, although adding more of a threat going forward would be good, and attention will now turn to the clash with Ireland on Sunday in Dublin.