SJK hosted Saturday's League Cup final against FC Lahti at the WallSport Areena - a penalty shootout was required after both sides failed to score in regulation time - with FC Lahti winning their third Liigacup after a 4-3 shootout win.
Photo by Pyry Waltari
Lahti started the game well and put the ruling Finnish champion under pressure. Lahti squeezed SJK's end of the field, but after ten minutes it failed to produce results. SJK had already broken up Lahti's attack, but a careless pass by Johannes Laaksonen gave directly Bonilha. Bonilha was free and he shot from sixteen yards toward the top corner with a fiery shot. However, SJK's keeper Mikhel Aksalu made the save and kept the goal untouched.
After less than 20 minutes into the game, SJK had their first chance to take the lead. SJK kept possession until Jarkko Hurme sent a high ball through to Matej Hradecký. Hradecký played the ball to Roope Riski. Riski played the ball to strike partner Tuco, however, Tuco's finish hit the bar.
By the end of the second half, SJK ended strongly but were unable to make a breakthrough. After ninety minutes, the game went straight to penalties...
+ Alexei Eremenko, SJK
+ Rafael, FC Lahti
- Youness Rahimi, SJK
+ Jasse Tuominen, FC Lahti
+ Roope Riski, SJK
- Kalle Multanen, FC Lahti
+ Johannes Laaksonen, SJK
+ Pyry Kärkkäinen, FC Lahti
- Timo Tahvanainen, SJK
+ Hassan Sesay, FC Lahti
So Sesay struck the winning penalty, and Lahti go into the upcoming season with the Liigacup.
Two weeks until Veikkausliiga begins....
This report is an edited version of an article which originally appeared on Veikkausliiga.com.