Finland 3 – 0 Lichestein
Tuominen (21′), Pukki (64′ pen, 75′)
Finland’s men have qualified for a major tournament for the first time in their history and striker Teemu Pukki could barely believe it.
Actually, the whole of Finland could barely believe it.
Friday’s 3-0 victory over Liechtenstein means the Eagle-owls will be at Euro 2020 next summer, securing second spot in qualifying Group J, behind winners Italy
Jasse Tuominen’s first-half strike and a Pukki double – one from the penalty spot – ended a run of 32 failed qualifying campaigns for either the World Cup or European Championship, and sparked jubilant scenes.
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“There’s a party for sure,” Pukki told BBC World Service after the game.
“We had some moments of joy, we were celebrating what we had achieved.
“The coach is wet, that is something we do. He deserved it. Many of us have been with him since the under-21s and he knows how to make us play our best football.”