Football: Champions Spain held at home by Finland

Sergio Ramos admitted winning his 100th cap for Spain was a bittersweet experience after the world champions could only manage a 1-1 draw in their World Cup Group I qualifier to Finland here on Friday.

Ramos had headed the hosts into the lead four minutes into the second-half, but they failed to kill the game off and were punished 12 minutes from time when Teemu Pukki prodded home from close range to give the Finns a sensational point.

It left Spain in second, two points behind France, with the Group I rivals meeting in Paris on Tuesday.

"It is a shame after celebrating my goal and 100th cap," Ramos told Telecinco.

"It was a game we controlled throughout and it then got away from us in the final minutes. We are not happy because we couldn't see them scoring they way they set up to play.

"We maintained our calm during almost the whole game but we lacked the precision to kill it off."

However, Ramos insists that Spain weren't distracted by the huge game they now face against France, one which they now will almost certainly have to win to avoid having to qualify for next year's World Cup via the playoffs.

"We will have a great team in front of us but we can beat them and we have to go with this attitude on Tuesday."

Spain were without the experienced trio of Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol and Xavi through injury so Ramos was also given the honour of captain for the evening.

However, they didn't look like they would miss their veterans as they started brightly and were nearly gifted a goal inside two minutes when only a fine save from Niki Menp prevented Niklas Moisander turning David Silva's driven cross into his own net.

Thereafter though the first-half was a tale of Spanish shots from distance as the visitors retreated onto the edge of their own area.

Cesc Fabregas was first to have a go as he curled a shot wide of the far corner before driving another effort just wide of the target.

Santi Cazorla then forced Menp into a decent low save with an angled drive, but the Arsenal midfielder should have opened the scoring when he blazed over from close range.

Silva and Andres Iniesta also went close with long-range effort towards the end of the half, but despite the return of David Villa from injury they were lacking the penetration needed to find a way through.

Vicente Del Bosque acted at half-time by bringing on Pedro Rodriguez, who had scored nine times in his last six internationals, for Cazorla.

The Barcelona winger had an immediate effect as his deflected shot from a short corner fizzed just wide.

And from the resulting corner Ramos rose highest to head in his ninth international goal.

Villa then failed to delight the home fans on his return to the city he started his career as his free-kick drifted over before he was replaced by Alvaro Negredo to rapturous applause.

Ramos came close again with a header that looped just over, but the hosts were stunned 12 minutes from time when a patient move saw Pukki get in front of Ramos and Gerard Pique to poke home Kasper Hamalainen's cross from the left.

Pique twice headed just off target and Juan Mata also flashed a volley over as the hosts laid a late seige.

But, the visitors held on to leave Spain two points adrift of France at the top of Group I of European qualification with just four games remaining.