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International Round-Up: Pukki among the goals for Finland

15 November 2020

Teemu Pukki netted his 26th international goal on Sunday evening as Finland beat Bulgaria 2-0 in the UEFA Nations League.

Pukki latched onto a through pass before showing his typical cutting edge in front of goal to slide the ball past the Bulgarian goalkeeper.

The City striker also went on to contribute with an assist for Robin Lod's 45th minute strike as Finland held a comfortable lead at the break. 

Bulgaria roared back in the second-half as should have equalised when they were awarded a penalty on the hour mark, however Galin Ivanov misfired from the spot.

Substitute Dimitar Iliev did what Ivanov couldn't ten minutes later when he reduced the arrears from 12 yards but Finland held on for the victory.

Elsewhere, Tim Krul started and helped the Netherlands to victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Starting competitively for Oranje for the first time in five years, Krul played 90 minutes as Netherlands triumphed 3-1 thanks to a double from Gini Wijnaldum and second-half effort from Memphis Depay.

Adam Idah was once again included in the Republic of Ireland starting eleven but he couldn't prevent Stephen Kenny's side losing 1-0 to Wales.

Idah impressed on his previous Irish outing, a 3-0 defeat to England on Thursday night, and he played 76 minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday, before being replaced by Luton Town striker James Collins.

Earlier in the day, Kenny McLean played 90 minutes as Scotland, just days after securing their spots at the delayed 2020 European Championships, were beaten 1-0 by Slovakia in the Nations League.

Michael McGovern is in action later when Northern Ireland face Austria (7.45pm UK).


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