Finland Veikkausliiga round-up: HJK draw a blank; Inter Turku blow two-goal lead

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HJK drop points

League-leaders HJK Helsinki dropped points for the second time in three games as they drew 0-0 at home to SJK Seinäjoki in the Finnish Veikkausliiga.


The match

In a game of few chances, the visitors should have punished some loose defending when Denys Oliynyk was played through in the 33rd minute, but he skewed his shot wide.

HJK were off-colour and SJK should have punished them. Ariel Ngueukam showed good movement in the box but his header went wide of the post in the second half.

A speculative volley from Dylan Murnane was the first time HJK properly tested Jesse Öst in goal, before the rebound from Jair was also kept out.


What does it mean?

It was an underwhelming performance from the champions, who are now seven points clear of KuPS, but they have a game in hand. SJK remain fifth and once again were without a clinical edge up top; they have scored just 15 goals in 13 league games.


Honka salvage a draw from two-nil down

A more entertaining game occured at the Veritas Stadion with Inter Turku blowing a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with FC Honka.


The match

Inter Turku took the lead after 18 minutes when Matias Ojala’s close-range effort was brilliantly kept out by  American Tim Murray but the rebound fell to Aleksi Paananen, who made no mistake.

Kako Sanz doubled their lead with a first-time shot from just inside the penalty área that Murray got a hand to, and should have kept out.

There was more questionable goalkeeping to come as Edmund Arko-Mensah’s shot caught out Aati Marttinen in goal on the stroke of half-time to cut the deficit in half.

However, there was no question-marks over the equaliser that came with 17 minutes to go. After deceiving a defender with a clever skill, Niklas Pyyhtiä struck a pinpoint curling shot, on the turn, into the far corner. It was a stunning goal.

It was all Honka in the second half and they nearly won it in the last 10 minutes when there was an almighty goalmouth scramble.


What does it mean?

Inter Turku held on to draw and fail to go level on points with KuPS. Honka remain eighth and are unbeaten in their last five games.


Other results

Elsewhere, bottom side Oulu were beaten again, losing 1-0 away at Ilves. While, FC Lahti thrashed KTP 3-0.

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It’s safe to say 2022 was a TV-worthy season for Patrick Mahomes and the #Chiefs. 📺

Mr. Box Office. 🔥

#NFL x #Quarterback twitter.com/NFL/status/167…

me on the couch now that Quarterback dropped:

@la_academiapc suffer shock defeat
📈 @DvoTachira gaining ground on the top
👏 Eduardo Lima’s heroics for @DvoLaGuaira

Here are all the major headlines and talking points from jornada 18 in the #LigaFUTVE.

#VenezuelaEsFUTVE
https://t.co/yCiP4QGlfJ

🔟 days until the @Superligaen begins.

Still plenty of time to read our analysis of the most exciting young players in Denmark right now. Which of these superstars will move on this summer? ✨

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