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2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Gideon Baah (60')
  • Valtteri Moren (81')
  • Fabio Quagliarella (90')

HJK Helsinki 2-1 Torino

Gideon Baah and Vallteri Moren fired HJK Helsinki to their first victory in Europa League Group B and jeopardised Torino's chances of making the knockout stages in the process.
The Finnish club frustrated their enthusiastic opponents from Serie A in the first half and twice broke their defence after the break, with Baah and Moren both beating Daniele Padelli.
Fabio Quagliarella halved the deficit in the dying moments but Helsinki had done enough to secure all three points from a 2-1 win.
Torino slip to second in the mini-league, a point and a place behind Club Brugge after the Belgian club hammered FC Copenhagen 4-0 in the Danish capital.
There would be no goals in a first half that Torino dominated at the Sonera Stadium.
Josef Martinez fired an early sighter and Matteo Darmian scooped the ball over the bar in the 24th minute.
Helsinki's first effort came on the half-hour as Robin Lod tried his luck from distance.
Torino pushed back with Juan Sanchez Mino hitting the post with a right-footed drive and Quagliarella forcing a punch from Antonio Doblas with a headed attempt at a corner.
One minute before the break, the Italy striker saw his speculative shot blocked by Demba Savage.
Quagliarella came knocking again when play resumed but blasted wide before, at the other end, Lod tested Padelli's reflexes.
The Finns threatened again, this time through Macoumba Kandji, whose long-range drive certainly got Padelli working.
HJK were rewarded for taking the game to Torino on the hour mark as Baah slotted in the opener from six yards out.
It might even have been 2-0 three minutes later as Lod forced a desperate parry from Padelli.
Helsinki did double their lead in the 80th minute. Lod's free-kick found Erfan Zeneli and the winger headed the ball into the path of Moren, who did the rest from close range.
Torino would get on the scoresheet in the Finnish capital, but their response arrived too late to change the outcome.
Quagliarella got the goal his enthusiastic performance deserved when slotting home Omar El Kaddouri's cross in the 89th minute.
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