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International round-up: Successful weekends for Pukki, McLean and Lewis

10 June 2019

Teemu Pukki bagged a brace as Finland continued their impressive start to UEFA EURO 2020 qualification with a 2-0 victory over Mario Vrancic’s Bosnia and Herzegovina at the weekend.

Pukki went into international duty off the back of a sensational season with Norwich City where he scored 30 goals in all competitions.

He continued where he left off from the domestic season with a man-of-the-match display in Tampere.

With the scoreline goalless at the interval, Pukki took the game by the scruff of its neck and netted twice in 12 second-half minutes to help Finland maintain their second-place spot in Group J.

Vrancic was an unused substitute for Bosnia but will be hoping for some minutes in their second of two summer qualifiers against Italy on Tuesday night. Finland, meanwhile, visit Liechtenstein on the same evening.

Elsewhere, Kenny McLean helped Scotland get new manager Steve Clarke’s reign off to a winning start with a 2-1 triumph over Cyprus.

Scotland took the lead on the hour mark when Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson shot into the far right corner with a strike from the edge of the box.

Ioannis Kousoulos equalised for Cyprus with just minutes remaining but Oliver Burke’s tap in shortly after meant the Scots picked up a valuable three points in their quest for qualification.

McLean played 90 minutes at Hampden Park and could be included once again when Scotland take on Belgium on Tuesday night in Brussels.

Another City player to feature on international duty was Jamal Lewis as he and Northern Ireland came from behind to record a dramatic victory in Group C.

Konstantin Vassiljev gave Estonia a 25th minute lead but two goals late in the game from Conor Washington and Josh Magennis helped Michael O’Neill’s team maintain their 100% record in qualifying.

At youth level, Adam Idah and Simon Power helped Republic of Ireland Under-21s qualify for the semi-finals of the Toulon Tournament.

After picking up four points from their opening two games, they confirmed their path to the last four with victory over Bahrain.

Idah scored two goals in the group phase and featured in every game, with Power making his U21s debut in the Mexico draw and coming on as a substitute in the Bahrain win.

Ireland now face Brazil in the semi-final on Wednesday for a place in Saturday’s final.

Updated schedule for City’s internationals can be found below:

Teemu Pukki
UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier
Liechtenstein v Finland
Tuesday, June 11 (7.45pm)

Mario Vrancic
UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier
Italy v Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tuesday, June 11 (7.45pm)

Kenny McLean
UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier
Belgium v Scotland
Tuesday, June 11 (7.45pm)

Jamal Lewis, Michael McGovern
UEFA EURO 2020 qualifier
Belarus v Northern Ireland
Tuesday, June 11 (7.45pm)

Adam Idah, Simon Power
Toulon Tournament semi-final
Brazil v Republic of Ireland U21
Wednesday, June 12 (6.30pm)


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