Wales were denied a morale-boosting win as Riku Riski scored a late equaliser for Finland in their Cardiff friendly.

When Andy King was set up by Hal Robson-Kanu's deep cross to head home, Wales manager Chris Coleman was set to celebrate his new contract with a win.

But in the last few moments at Cardiff City Stadium, a lapse of concentration let Riski burst through and score.

Gareth Bale went closest to adding to Wales' tally, while Teemu Pukki hit the post early on for the visitors.

Coleman ended weeks of speculation about his future by agreeing a new two-year deal on Friday and would have hoped for a more auspicious start to the new chapter of his career as Wales boss.

His reign has been marred by player withdrawals and Saturday's game proved no different, with James Collins pulling out injured and Aaron Ramsey suffering a tight hamstring prior to kick-off.

Coleman's Wales record

2013

16 Nov: Wales 1-1 Finland

15 Oct: Belgium 1-1 Wales

11 Oct: Wales 1-0 Macedonia

10 Sept: Wales 0-3 Serbia

6 Sept: Macedonia 2-1 Wales

14 Aug: Wales 0-0 Rep Ireland

26 Mar: Wales 1-2 Croatia

22 Mar: Scotland 1-2 Wales

6 Feb: Wales 2-1 Austria

2012

16 Oct: Croatia 2-0 Wales

12 Oct: Wales 2-1 Scotland

11 Sept: Serbia 6-1 Wales

7 Sept: Wales 0-2 Belgium

15 Aug: Wales 0-2 Bosnia-Hercogovina

27 May: Mexico 2-0 Wales

The absence of the in-form Ramsey denied the modest crowd of 11,809 the chance to see the Arsenal star alongside Liverpool's Joe Allen - back after his long-term injury frustrations - and Bale, the world's most expensive player.

Bale, playing in a wide attacking role, was heavily marked from the start and the Real Madrid man pulled up after a challenge from Jere Uronen before being left clutching his ankle after a poor tackle from the same player.

After treatment and some nervous looks from the bench, Bale was able to carry on.

Wales' good fortune continued when Pukki picked up a rebound in the home penalty area but shot against the far post with Wayne Hennessey beaten.

But in a low-key first half the rest of the chances fell to Wales, both created by Bale.

First Robson-Kanu peeled away to the back post in a smart training-ground move but saw his header from Bale's free-kick well saved by Lukas Hradecky.

Then Bale broke away down the left only to see his dangerous low cross bisect Simon Church and Joe Ledley, winning his 50th cap, in the area.

Hradecky was called into action soon after the break as Bale, this time popping up on the right, drove diagonally towards the Finnish goal before unleashing a pile-driver the Brondby keeper beat away.

Church went tumbling in the Finnish area but, despite a strong appeal for a penalty, was waved to his feet by Belgian referee Sebastian Delferiere.

Given Bale's influence, it was surprising that when Wales broke the deadlock the former Tottenham man was not involved.

Ledley picked out Robson-Kanu advancing down the left and the Reading man stood the ball up at the far post for King, timing his late arrival to perfection, to head home.

Wales were indebted to Hennessey for preserving their lead when he stretched full length to push Riski's goalbound effort around the post, while the Honefoss midfielder should have tested the Wales keeper again but shot wastefully into the side-netting.

King almost grabbed a second as he threw himself at full-back Chris Gunter's pacy low cross but saw the ball just nipped off his toe.

But with a win in their grasp, Wales squandered their hard-won lead in time added on as Roman Eremenko was allowed to pick up a loose ball and send Riski darting away between the home centre-backs before clipping the ball past Hennessey.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (11)

Wales

  • 01 Hennessey
  • 02 Gunter (Richards - 72' )
  • 03 Taylor (Davies - 72' )
  • 04 Ledley
  • 05 Ricketts
  • 06 Williams
  • 07 Allen (Tudur Jones - 90' )
  • 10 King Booked
  • 09 Church (Vokes - 63' )
  • 11 Bale
  • 08 Robson-Kanu (Cotterill - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Williams
  • 13 Huws
  • 14 Richards
  • 15 Cotterill
  • 16 Tudur Jones
  • 17 Easter
  • 18 Davies
  • 19 Vokes
  • 20 Wiggins
  • 21 Ward

Finland

  • 12 Hradecky
  • 13 Arkivuo (Lampi - 45' )
  • 18 Uronen
  • 14 Sparv Booked
  • 06 Ojala (Toivio - 45' )
  • 03 Moisander (Pasanen - 62' )
  • 19 Ring
  • 16 Schüller (Hetemaj - 70' )
  • 10 Pukki (Hämäläinen - 63' )
  • 11 Riski
  • 07 Alekseevich Eremenko

Substitutes

  • 01 Mäenpää
  • 02 Pasanen
  • 04 Toivio
  • 05 Lampi (Raitala - 70' )
  • 08 Hetemaj
  • 09 Väyrynen
  • 15 Hurme
  • 17 Mattila
  • 20 Pohjanpalo
  • 21 Hämäläinen
  • 22 Raitala
  • 23 Joronen
Ref: Sébastien Delferière

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

3 3

Corners

2 4

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wales 1, Finland 1.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wales 1, Finland 1.

90:00 +3:54

Ashley Richards (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:54

Foul by Kasper Hämäläinen (Finland).

90:00 +1:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wales 1, Finland 1. Riku Riski (Finland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roman Eremenko with a through ball.

90:00 +0:47

Attempt saved. Roman Eremenko (Finland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Perparim Hetemaj.

89:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. Owain Tudur-Jones replaces Joe Allen.

89:01

Sam Vokes (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:01

Foul by Petri Pasanen (Finland).

88:27

Attempt missed. Kasper Hämäläinen (Finland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Riku Riski with a cross.

84:08

Attempt blocked. Riku Riski (Finland) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jere Uronen with a cross.

83:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

83:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. David Cotterill replaces Hal Robson-Kanu because of an injury.

83:00

Delay in match Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) because of an injury.

81:39

Foul by Ashley Richards (Wales).

81:39

Jere Uronen (Finland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:46

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Richards.

78:11

Corner, Finland. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

77:42 Booking

Booking Andy King (Wales) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:32

Foul by Andy King (Wales).

77:32

Perparim Hetemaj (Finland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:23

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Allen.

75:09

Foul by Ben Davies (Wales).

75:09

Riku Riski (Finland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:42

Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:42

Foul by Jukka Raitala (Finland).

73:09

Foul by Andy King (Wales).

73:09

Tim Sparv (Finland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:31

Attempt missed. Riku Riski (Finland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jere Uronen with a cross.

71:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. Ashley Richards replaces Chris Gunter.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. Ben Davies replaces Neil Taylor.

70:50

Foul by Sam Vokes (Wales).

70:50

Petri Pasanen (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Finland. Jukka Raitala replaces Veli Lampi because of an injury.

69:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Finland. Perparim Hetemaj replaces Rasmus Schüller.

68:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67:55

Delay in match Veli Lampi (Finland) because of an injury.

66:18

Offside, Finland. Petri Pasanen tries a through ball, but Kasper Hämäläinen is caught offside.

65:46

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Wales) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross following a set piece situation.

64:40

Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:40

Foul by Alexander Ring (Finland).

63:26

Corner, Finland. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wales. Sam Vokes replaces Simon Church.

62:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Finland. Kasper Hämäläinen replaces Teemu Pukki.

61:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Finland. Petri Pasanen replaces Niklas Moisander.

61:14

Attempt saved. Riku Riski (Finland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roman Eremenko.

57:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wales 1, Finland 0. Andy King (Wales) with an attempt from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a cross.

56:54

Attempt missed. Rasmus Schüller (Finland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Alexander Ring.

54:56

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales).

54:56

Tim Sparv (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:38

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

51:18

Gareth Bale (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:18

Foul by Niklas Moisander (Finland).

48:59

Foul by Joe Ledley (Wales).

48:59

Teemu Pukki (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:19

Attempt missed. Roman Eremenko (Finland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

46:21

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Wales).

46:21

Riku Riski (Finland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:27

Neil Taylor (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:27

Foul by Veli Lampi (Finland).

45:00

Second Half begins Wales 0, Finland 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Finland. Veli Lampi replaces Kari Arkivuo.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Finland. Joona Toivio replaces Juhani Ojala.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wales 0, Finland 0.

45:00 +0:17

Foul by Neil Taylor (Wales).

45:00 +0:17

Riku Riski (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:36

Attempt missed. Roman Eremenko (Finland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Niklas Moisander.

41:23

Offside, Finland. Roman Eremenko tries a through ball, but Riku Riski is caught offside.

40:08

Corner, Finland. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

38:31

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:23 Booking

Booking Tim Sparv (Finland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:20

Chris Gunter (Wales) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:20

Foul by Tim Sparv (Finland).

35:15

Foul by Ashley Williams (Wales).

35:15

Kari Arkivuo (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:35

Gareth Bale (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:35

Foul by Kari Arkivuo (Finland).

31:09

Offside, Wales. Wayne Hennessey tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

30:53

Joe Allen (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:53

Foul by Rasmus Schüller (Finland).

30:13

Foul by Simon Church (Wales).

30:13

Juhani Ojala (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:38

Andy King (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:38

Foul by Rasmus Schüller (Finland).

27:52

Attempt missed. Jere Uronen (Finland) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Roman Eremenko.

25:31

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Kari Arkivuo.

23:58

Neil Taylor (Wales) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:58

Foul by Riku Riski (Finland).

22:30

Attempt blocked. Joe Ledley (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:10

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andy King.

20:18

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Wales) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

19:08

Foul by Tim Sparv (Finland).

19:08

Joe Ledley (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:55

Foul by Jere Uronen (Finland).

17:55

Simon Church (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:29

Corner, Finland. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

14:45

Teemu Pukki (Finland) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Rasmus Schüller.

14:40

Attempt blocked. Rasmus Schüller (Finland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:55

Niklas Moisander (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:55

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales).

11:27

Attempt blocked. Riku Riski (Finland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roman Eremenko.

8:40

Corner, Wales. Conceded by Tim Sparv.

5:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

4:51

Delay in match Gareth Bale (Wales) because of an injury.

4:26

Gareth Bale (Wales) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:26

Foul by Jere Uronen (Finland).

3:43

Foul by Andy King (Wales).

3:43

Alexander Ring (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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