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Jaakko Oksanen plays in Finland Under-19 defeat

Hosts participation in European Championships comes to an end on Sunday

23 July 2018

A 3-0 defeat to Portugal on Sunday afternoon saw Finland's participation in the Under-19 European Championships come to an end.

Jaakko Oksanen kept up his ever-present record in the heart of the Finnish midfield as they went after the win which would have prolonged their participation on home soil. However, Portugal also had qualifying hopes of their own and took a 20th minute lead through João Filipe's fine free-kick. Jose Gomes was left unmarked to make it 2-0 with just over ten minutes remaining in the half and the icing on the cake was added in second-half injury-time as Mesaque Dju made it three from close range.

Defeat sees Finland finish bottom of Group A with three defeats from three while Portugal join Italy in the final four. Brentford B goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe will be hoping to book England's spot in the semi-finals when they take on France later today. 

Sunday's appearance was Jaakko's 12th at Under-19 level for his nation as his reputation in youth international football continues to grow. 

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