Veikkausliiga: KuPS overcomes VPS 3-1

KUOPIO. KuPS overcomes VPS 3-1.


KUOPIO. KuPS overcomes VPS 3-1. KuPS got an early 2-0 lead with 2 goals from J. Veteli (7′) and T. Vayrynen (35′). VPS tried to recover with a goal from S. Strandvall (73′). However, the match was closed by a penalty (82′) scored by A. Popovitch for KuPS.

The match was played at the Savon Sanomat Areena stadium in Kuopio on Friday and it started at 6:00 pm local time. The referee was Ville Nevalainen who had the assistance of Jouni Lemettinen and Samu Koskinen. The 4th official was Miikka Haapakoski. The weather was clear. The temperature was quite cold around 2 degrees Celsius or 35.55 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 41%.​

Match Statistics

KuPS was in firm control of the ball 55% while VPS was struggling with a 45% ball possession.

KuPS was more aggressive with 44 dangerous attacks and 14 shots of which 5 were on target. Which is one of the reasons KuPS won the match.

KuPS shot 14 times, 5 on target, 9 off target. On the other side, VPS shot 9 times, 4 on target, 5 off target.


KuPS received 1 yellow card (Talles). On the other side, VPS received 3 yellow cards (T. Yengi, J. Pikkarainen and J. Vahtera).

After this match, KuPS will have 12 points like HJK to stay in the 1st place. On the other side, VPS will stay with 4 points like Ilves and Lahti to stay in the 7th place.

Match Events

  • 7'

    J. Veteli

  • 35'

    T. Vayrynen

  • 46'

    A. Pahkasalo

    S. Morrissey

  • 46'

    S. Strandvall

    M. Niemi

  • 48'

    T. Yengi

  • 61'

    S. Haarala

    T. Vayrynen

  • 61'


    J. Ikaunieks

  • 66'

    A. Raisanen

    G. Backaliden

  • 71'

    J. Pikkarainen

  • 72'


  • 73'

    S. Strandvall (Penalty)

  • 82'

    J. Vahtera

  • 82'

    A. Popovitch (Penalty)

  • 84'

    Gabriel Bispo

    J. Veteli

  • 89'

    J. Engstrom

    J. Vahtera

  • 90'

    J. Nuorela

Next match

In the upcoming Veikkausliiga match, KuPS will play away with Mariehamn on the 8th of May with a 22-10 head to head statistic in favor of KuPS (9 draws).

VPS will play away against Haka on the 7th of May with a 6-5 head to head statistic in favor of Haka (5 draws).

KuPS: Formation and Lineups

KuPS started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).

The manager Simo Valakari chose to play with the following team: Johannes Kreidl, Henry Uzochokwu, Diogo Tomas, Paulo Ricardo, Taneli Hämäläinen, Sebastian Dahlström, Jānis Ikaunieks, Anton Popovitch, Joona Veteli, Tim Väyrynen and Clinton Antwi.


KuPS made 3 changes: T. Vayrynen for S. Haarala (61′), J. Ikaunieks for Talles (61′) and J. Veteli for Gabriel Bispo (84′).

VPS: Formation and Lineups

VPS started with a 5-3-2 line-up (5-3-2).

On the opposite side, Jussi Nuorela played with: Oskari Forsman, Miika Niemi, Mikko Pitkänen, Kareem Moses, Juhani Pikkarainen, Samba Sillah, Gustaf Backaliden, Prosper Ahiabu, Joonas Vahtera, Steven Morrissey and Tete Yengi.


VPS made 4 changes: S. Morrissey for A. Pahkasalo (46′), M. Niemi for S. Strandvall (46′), G. Backaliden for A. Raisanen (66′) and J. Vahtera for J. Engstrom (89′).

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