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Hosts through to last eight
 Women's Football News 27 Aug 2009
Tournament hosts Finland became the first country to qualify for the quarter finals of Euro 2009 after they defeated Holland 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.
Both teams went into the game having won their opening fixture but it was Finland who made the quicker start and they took a seventh minute lead when Petra Vaelma crossed from the right and Osterberg Kalmari rose to score with a looping header.
Anna Westerlund almost added a second from an angled shot which was saved by Loes Geurts but Holland got themselves back on level terms midway through the half, against the run of play. Kirsten Van de Ven made a solo run from the halfway line which took her into the penalty area before threading a low shot into the corner of the net for her second goal in as many games.
Despite the setback, Finland continued to press and were unlucky not to go back in front as Vaelma struck the bar from long range.
The pattern of the game continued after the break with the host nation on top and their reward came midway through the second half. This time it was Maiija Saari who supplied the cross from which Kalmari again found the net with a header to guarantee her side top spot in Group A.
A late goal meanwhile boosted Denmark's chances of going through as they defeated Ukraine 2-1 at the Helsinki Football Stadium.
The first half was largely uneventful and ended goalless but within five minutes of the restart, Denmark broke the deadlock when Maiken Pape's header found its way to Camilla Sand Andersen who made no mistake from close range.
Just after the hour mark, Ukraine were back on level terms as Vira Dyatel broke down the right and crossed for Daryna Apanaschenko to plant a firm header inside the corner of the net.
It looked as though both sides would have to settle for a point but Denmark came up with a late killer blow. Johanna Rasmussen laid the ball off for Pape to strike home a powerful shot with three minutes remaining and condemn Ukraine to elimination.
The result means that Denmark must beat Holland on Saturday in order to take away the runners-up spot from their opponents and ensure a place in the last eight.

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