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International round up: Finland and Scotland record crucial World Cup qualifying victories

There were a number of good performances from Norwich City players in crucial World Cup qualifying matches on Sunday.

The day started with Finland securing a crucial 1-0 victory over Kazakhstan in Helsinki. Teemu Pukki went close to opening the scoring on a couple of occasions, but the only goal came from a header from Joel Pohjanpalo midway through the second half. The Huuhkajat are now up to second in Group D for the World Cup qualifiers. Next up France on Tuesday.

Adam Idah then put in a man-of-the-match performance for the Republic of Ireland in their home game with Azerbaijan. Sadly the Norwich City striker, despite a couple of attempts on goal in the first half, was not able to find the breakthrough and, after falling behind, the Republic fo Ireland had to rely on a late header from Shane Duffy to rescure a point.

In Riga it was a more straightfoward match for Norway as Mathias Normann played 60 minutes in a 2-0 win over Latvia, which came courtesy of goals from Erling Haaland and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

It was then the turn of Billy Gimour, Grant Hanley and Kenny McLean to help Scotland to a crucial home victory over Moldova at Hampden Park. Gilmour went close to scoring on a couple of occasions, but the Scots won the match with a single strike from Lyndon Dykes.

Both Tim Krul and Ozan Kabak were unused substitutes for the Netherlands and Turkey in their matches.

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