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Spain come from behind to beat Finland in Women’s Euros

Favourites Spain made a winning start to their Women European Championship campaign after they came from behind to beat Finland 4-1 in Milton Keynes on Friday.

Linda Sallstrom gave Finland a surprise lead in the first minute but Spain back with headers from captain Irene Paredes, midfielder Aitana Bonmati and forward Lucia Garcia.

They rounded off the scoring with a penalty from Mariona Caldentey.

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Forward Sallstrom hit a low shot into the bottom left corner following a superb pass from defender Westerlund as underdogs Finland took early of the Group B encounter.

But Spain, playing without the injured Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas, soon overcame the early jitters and found the equaliser in the 26th minute when the unmarked Paredes scored a towering header from Caldentey’s corner.

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Jorge Vilda’s team took the lead in the 41st minute after Mapi Leon swept in a brilliant cross from the left and Bonmati headed the ball into the top corner.

Garcia then headed in from Leon’s free kick in the 75th minute to make it 3-1 before Caldentey scored with a stoppage-time penalty.

Caldentey found the top corner from the spot in the 95th minute after Elli Pikkujamsa brought down Marta Cardona in the box.

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The victory put Spain top of Group B, which also includes Denmark and Germany.

Reuters/NAN.

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