4/11 Finnish Cup final hjk vs KPV
• HJK has played 12 times in final – won 8 and lost 4. Last time 2003 when they beat AC Allianssi 2-1 after extra time.
• KPV oly once so far - 1982 Haka won them 3-2.
• HJK’s Ville Nylund has won cup 3 times but he will not play today due injury. Twice with HJK Ville Wallén & Rami Hakanpää. Once in year 2003 Iiro Aalto, Markus Halsti, Petri Oravainen, Vili Savolainen.
• KPV – none of players have won cup so far.
• HJK’s Tuomas Aho scored winning goal for MyPa 2004 when they beat FC Hämeenlinna. HJK’s Mika Nurmela scored in final for TPS 1994 when they beat HJK in final. He is banned today.
• KPV’s Arttu Seppälä ja Dawda Bah have done hat trick in cup this year. Seppälä in round 4 vs NFF/1:n verkkoon and Bah round 8 vs PS Kemi.
• KPV is 1st team from first division to reach cup final after Haka in 1997. That year Haka also won final.
• This will be last match for KPV’s Juha Reini – capped 23 times and played also for AZ Alkmaar. He is finishing his career this year due many injuries.
Road to final:
6th round: Sepsi-78 (Seinäjoki) - HJK 0-6 (0-2)
HJK goals: Marjamaa 2, Savolainen 2, Oravainen, Parikka
7th round: FC Viikingit (Helsinki) – HJK 0-1 (0-1)
HJK goal: Zeneli
8th round: HJK – FC Lahti 2-1 (0-0)
HJK goals: Parikka 2
Semifinal: HJK – Tampere United 2-1 aet (1-1) (1-1)
HJK goals: Ghazi, Parikka
4th round: NFF1 (Vöyri) - KPV 0-4 (0-1)
KPV goals: Seppälä 3, Lyyski
5th round: Kiisto (Vaasa) - KPV 1-4 (0-2)
KPV goals: Bah 2, Suutari, Seppälä
6th round: GrIFK (Kauniainen) - KPV 1-4 (1-3)
KPV goals: Seppälä 2, Corr, Bah
7th round: KPV - IFK Mariehamn 2-1 aet. (1-1) (0-0)
KPV goals: Bah, Corr
8th round: KPV - PS Kemi 3-0 (1-0)
KPV goals: Bah 3
Semifinals: TPS – KPV 0-1 (0-1)
KPV goal: Seppälä
Weather: -5 at the moment. So this arteficial grass will be in key role today. HJK knows it better but now it might be frozen - is it advantage for KPV as it is totally different. Yes - there is heating but it will not help enough. One idea is to spread salt on arteficial grass to melt it down if needed. Then it will be slippery...
Venue: "Neutral ground" - Finnair Stadium which is home of HJK...