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International Round-Up: Pukki sends Finland to Euros for first time ever

15 November 2019

Friday night was a historic one for Finland, as Teemu Pukki scored twice for his country to send them to their first ever major tournament.

Knowing that a win against Liechtenstein would guarantee their qualification from Group J of the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers, it was Jasse Tuominen who opened the scoring inside 21 minutes.

But by full-time, the familiar chant of 'TEEMU! PUKKI!' was ringing around the city of Helsinki. It was the Norwich City forward who put the result beyond any doubt with his two second half-strikes, one from the penalty spot and then a rebound from close range.

Finland wrapped up a 3-0 win on a memorable night for the nation with the Pukki Party in full swing.

Elsewhere, Ben Godfrey got another start for England's Under-21s' side and comfortably kept a clean sheet as they beat Albania U21s 3-0 on the road. Goals from Phil Foden, Conor Gallagher and Reiss Nelson ensured a convincing victory for the Young Lions.

On Thursday, Adam Idah impressed with his contribution to Republic of Ireland U21s' 1-0 win away to Armenia U21s in the UEFA Under-21 European Championship qualifiers. He found himself in a good position on the right of the 18-yard box in the 63rd minute to pull a cross back to Zack Elbouzedi, his one goal enough to separate the two sides.

Picture by AFP Photo/Markku Ulander

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