FT: Wales 1 Finland 1

The home players hold their heads as the final whistle blows and the game ends Wales 1 Finland 1. What a cruel way to end but the defence, which had looked pretty solid for most of the night, was sliced open with a pass right down the middle and a lack of concentration has really cost them the victory.

GOAL!!! (Riski) Roman Eremenko has really stood out tonight and he slips a simple ball through the middle for Riku Riski and the little forward slots past Hennessey to level the match in the second minute of added time. Such a soft goal to concede from a Welsh point of view.

Eremenko unleashes a good effort on target after cutting onto his right foot from the left but it's straight at Hennessey and he can beat it away.

Late change for Wales with Joe Allen coming off for Owain Tudur Jones.

Finland trying to switch play and Riski picks up a good position in behind on the left. His cross finds a man in white but Ricketts does enough to put him off and the danger is averted.

Finland certainly showing a little more urgency but they do lack quality in the attacking third and Wales will be very disappointed if they throw away this lead late on.

Wales win a throw on the right but the move fizzles out.

Finland throwing men forward finally and Riski almost get a chance at the front post following a cross from the left. Ricketts does well to get the block and the ball actually bounces out of Riski for a goal kick.

Robson-Kanu is replaced by David Cotterill.

Robson-Kanu down receiving treatment at the moment and he's going to have to go off.

Finland enjoy some possession and win a free kick deep in the Welsh half on the left, Richards the guilty man.

Bale goes alone again but his shot is low and straight at Hradecky.

Corner to Finland on the left is headed out by Williams and Bale nearly latches onto a long clearance but the defender does enough.

Goal scorer Andy King the first Welsh name into the book for pulling back his man in the middle of the park.

Bale makes something out of nothing, showing great skill to create a shooting opportunity but it flies just wide of the left upright.

A scrappy passage of play as both sides look to adjust following the flurry of substitutes.

Sam Ricketts almost gives it away in a dangerous position but he manages to get the ball back to Hennessey.

Finland pressing but Raitala needlessly fouls Robson-Kanu down by the corner flag, which eases the pressure on Wales.

Back to the action and Wales are pushing for more goals but Davies gives it away and Riski shoots into the side netting when he really should do better after getting time and space at the back post following a cross from the left.

Ben Davies and Jazz Richards on for Wales, replacing Neil Taylor and Chris Gunter.

Finland also switch Schuller for Perparim Hetemaj.

Another change for Finland. The stricken Lampi now goes off for Jukka Raitala.

Good stuff from Wales now, Bale feeding Gunter on the right and his cross almost find Ledley at the back post. Lampi just gets enough on it to clear.

Vokes then does well to find Gunter but he can only win a throw on the left after almost losing possession.

Bale's delivery is as good as you'd expect for around £85m, but Vokes' header goes up over the bar.

Robson-Kanu deals with a Finland corner, finding Gareth Bale who in turn tries to find King. Finland make the block and concede a throw before Wales win a free kick down by the corner flag/

Wales also make a change, with Sam Vokes replacing Simon Church up front.

Moisander and Pukki off for Finland, with Veli Lampi and Joona Toivio coming on.

Hennessey forced into action, saving well to his right after Riski shoots from just inside the area.

Robson-Kanu tries to get Church away down the middle but the pass is misplaced. To be fair to the striker, he looked like he wanted it over the top.

Riski tries to force his way down the right but Ledley stays strong and sends it back to Hennessey.

GOAL!!! (Andy King) King opens the scoring and it's a well-made goal. Robson-Kanu sends in a nice cross from the left and King times his run to perfection before nodding (via his shoulder) down into the net.

A decent Finland move ends with Schuller shooting wide from long range. The attack looked dangerous at first but went flat when Wales got back into position.

Wales have come alive and Bale brings a save from Hradecky. The Real Madrid man strides into space and shoots from 25 yards, it's just a shame it goes straight at the keeper at a nice height. The first shot on target of the night, ladies and gentlemen.

Out of nowhere there is a big penalty shout for Wales and it looked half decent. The referee waves away Church's protests after he is nudged in the box but seemingly goes down to easily.

Sloppy passing from Wales and Finland don't do much better, lumping it up field for Williams to head clear.

Bale fouled on half way but Wales delay taking it quickly and Finland can get back in position. One of these sides needs to really raise the tempo if we are going to see any goals.

The second half has started where we left off in the first. Both sides looking quite compact and not able to open up the opposition defence.

Eremenko tries to find Pukki with a through ball but it's not quite right and Hennessey comes out to collect.

Taylor sends over a cross from the left but Moisander is in the right place to head clear.

Roman Eremenko charges up and blazes high, wide and anything but handsome.

Free kick given to Finland around 30 yards out for a foul by Ricketts.

Finland kick off the second half and Taylor does well for Wales in the left back position.

A very trappy first half and Wales are now 2/1 to emerge on top, with Finland 9/4 and the draw 5/4 favourite. Head now to Sky Bet to place your in-play bets.

Half time at the Cardiff City Stadium and very few goalmouth opportunities to report. Finland came closest when Pukki hit the post but it could certainly go either way this match.

Eremenko has been Finland's best player this half and tries to bring the first half to an end in style with a long-range strike but he's leaning back and can't keep it down.

A low-key end to the first half, with neither side able to create anything clear cut so far.

Wasteful from Finland after looking like a decent break may have been on.

Riski's cross from the right is blocked before he is caught offside when Eremenko lofts a nice pass in his direction.

Church heads away a Finland corner before Taylor tries to punt it forward to Bale but Finland clear.

Finland's turn to play some decent stuff but Pukki is well watched as he looks to make a dart behind the Wales back four.

Bale does shoot at goal but the wall does it's job and stands firm. Finland try and break through Riski but he can't find Eremenko.

Sparv is the first man into the book for a tough tackle on Gunter about 35 yards from goal in the middle of the field. Replays show it's a very harsh decision. Bale fancies it.

Bale goes on a trademark run down the left and puts over a delightful low cross but is goes exactly between the two supporting forwards in the middle.

Bale's cross to the back post is very good and Robson-Kanu's header is well saved by Hradecky. Ashley Williams is penalised for a foul anyway so it wouldn't have counted.

Bale impeded off the ball on the left wing and have a good chance to put it into a dangerous area.

Finland keeping their shape really well but they're allowing Wales lots of time and space and you'd hope the home side can break them down eventually.

Wales mount a decent attack but neither Bale nor Robson-Kanu can find a way through the Finland back line.

Flag up against Church and he's certainly cutting a frustrated figure having not been supplied much yet.

Neat and tidy in midfield from Finland before Pukki is penalised for a foul in the Wales penalty area.

Robson-Kanu fails to keep the ball in on the left and Finland attack on the right through Riski, but his path is blocked by Allen.

Wales win a free kick in their own half and Bale drops deep again to collect.

Finland attack on the left and full back Uronen cuts inside and shoots at goal but it's always rising and doesn't trouble Hennessey.

Wales seeing plenty of the ball again now but Finland look solid enough for the time being.

Bale sends over a corner from the left and again nobody can get the vital touch and it curls behind for a goal kick after missing everyone.

Bale's ball in is firmly headed away by Moisander before Riski puts it out for a Wales throw on the left.

Wales settling the ship now after a bit of Finland pressure and Taylor draws a foul from Riski.

Taylor picks up a good position on the left and sends over a decent cross. The ball comes back to Ledley but his shot is blocked.

Robson-Kanu now tries his luck from distance but he too miscues and the ball sails way over the top.

Bale slightly embarrassed after an attempted left foot shot flies wildly wide and spins away for a throw in.

Bale very quiet since being clattered early on and his touch is a little heavy as he drops deep to pick up possession.

More Finland pressure, the away side switching the ball nicely from left to right. Sparv lets the move down with a heavy touch and a foul on Ledley.

The corner is a good one right into the middle but somehow nobody gets a touch on it and Wales escape unscathed.

Finland growing into the game in the past couple of minutes and win a corner on the right after Taylor blocks an attempted cross.

Teemu Pukki hits the post. Poor defending from Wales sees Pukki pick the ball up in the box and manufacture a shot from a tight angle on the right. He beats Hennessey all ends up with a lot effort but it cannons off the foot of the far upright.

Church makes the most of a long ball forward, winning a throw on the Welsh right but Robson-Kanu is penalised for a push after the ball is crossed by Gunter.

Scrappy play now as Wales lose the ball in midfield before Finland lump it forward in the general direction of Eremenko.

Riku Riski makes some space and shoots at goal but Williams makes the block with his head.

Taylor wins a throw on the left before Gunter tries to find Church with a lofted ball forward. The Finland defence is up to the job.

Ledley's header is cleared and Finland attempt to counter but Wales get back in position and force the away side into a mistake.

Joe Ledley slightly fortunate to win a corner after seemingly losing control but Bale will head over to the left to swing it in.

Allen gets his first chance to put his foot on the ball and pull the strings in the Wales midfield.

Finland enjoying a bit of possession at the back but Wales intercept and Robson-Kanu dashes down the left but he control lets him down.

Bale back to his feet but clearly hobbling after two early challenges on him. The second one was pretty poor and should probably have earned a booking.

Bale does really well defensively to cut out a pass down the Finland left but the attacker leaves his foot in on the Real Madrid man and he's down for much longer this time.

Williams steps in to stop Finland but Andy King is penalised for a foul on the half-way line.

Bale has his first run down the right but appears to have picked up a knock. He's limping back into position though and seems fine.

Good combative stuff from Taylor before Finland attempt to work something on the left. Pukki's powerful cross evades everyone and goes across the face of goal for a goal kick.

Wales get us under way here and play a bit of keep-ball at the back for the opening minute.

Many thanks to Anthony Lewis for getting in touch. He says: "Confident ahead of tonight as Finland are beatable. Missing Ramsey is a blow but having Bale is a big boost to us. Not Coleman's biggest fan but will get behind him and the boys."

No Aaron Ramsey for the Welsh tonight having been struggling with a virus, but Gareth Bale starts for Chris Coleman's team for the first time since his world-record switch from Tottenham to Real Madrid. And he appears to have been finding his feet in Spain lately after missing most of pre-season through niggling injuries.

Finland team: Hradecky, Moisander, Ojala, Eremenko, Pukki, Riski, Arkivuo, Sparv, Schuller, Uronen, Ring.

Wales team: Hennessey, Gunter, Ricketts, Williams, Taylor, Allen, King, Ledley, Robson-Kanu, Church, Bale.

Wales head into this match as 5/4 favourites with Sky Bet, who make Finland 12/5. The draw is on offer at 23/10, while the Leeds-based firm have PRICE BOOSTED a 3-0 home victory to 25/1 from 22s.

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the international friendly between Wales and Finland at the Cardiff City Stadium. I'd love to hear your views and predictions ahead of tonight's game so why not drop me an email at matthew.brocklebank@bskyb.com. Team news and all the vital betting information to follow...

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