Liechtenstein picked up only their second point in 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM qualifying on a night when Finland's outside hopes of reaching the finals ended. Veteran Jari Litmanen converted a penalty in the 74th minute, but the Finns were pegged back instantly by a goal from Michele Polverino.

Finland's Berat Sadik went close with a header in the 21st minute, but the best chance of the first half fell to the home side. In the 24th minute, Liechtenstein midfielder David Hasler's shot from just inside the penalty area went narrowly wide.

Finland were generally uninspiring, but they made the breakthrough with just over 15 minutes remaining after Michael Stocklasa was punished for pushing Litmanen in the box. The widely-travelled forward coolly converted from the spot.

However, the visitors' advantage did not last for long, Polverino almost immediately levelling the scores, with a slight deflection doing goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen few favours. Just before the final whistle the visitors went close to snatching all three points when Alexei Eremenko's shot struck a post.

Despite the point, Liechtenstein's night was marred by yellow cards for goalscorer Polverino, forward Mario Frick and midfielder Martin Buchel, which rule the trio out of the penultimate qualifier in Group 4; against bottom-placed Azerbaijan.

The dropped points ultimately did not matter to Finland, with top two Germany and Russia both recording victories.