No Pukki, no party! Norwich City striker scores another Nations League winner for Finland
PUBLISHED: 21:57 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 22:20 12 October 2018
Teemu Pukki just loves playing in the Uefa Nations League – after scoring his third consecutive winner for Finland in the new competition.
The striker lit up an otherwise dull Friday night of international action for Norwich City players when he found a 91st-minute winner in Estonia, squeezing a close-range left-footed shot in from an acute angle to keep the Finns top of Group C2 with three wins from three.
The 28-year-old sealed the 1-0 win to score in his third successive international game, following two other 1-0 victories, at home against Estonia and Hungary last month.
It was Pukki’s 15th international goal, when winning his 66th cap, taking his tally for club and country to nine goals in 16 matches – five of which have been winners.
The free summer signing from Brondby could be back in action on Monday night, when Finland host Greece in the Nations League.
Canaries left-back Jamal Lewis won his fourth international cap for Northern Ireland, playing all of a 1-0 defeat in Austria in Group B3.
City’s back-up goalkeeper Michael McGovern was on the bench in Vienna, seemingly now assuming the same role for his country behind Leeds number one Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The game was settled by a fine individual goal from West Ham star Marko Arnautovic in the 71st minute. Michael O’Neill’s side are back in Nations League action on Monday evening, away to Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Timm Klose watched on from the bench as Switzerland were beaten 2-1 by World Cup semi-finalists Belgium in Brussells thanks to two goals from Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
The defender missed out on a place in his country’s World Cup squad but has since returned to the fold and been an unused substitute for three successive matches The 30-year-old will be hoping to win his 17th international cap – 16 months after his last – when the Swiss return to Group A2 action in Iceland on Monday evening.
Former Canaries star James Maddison was also an unused substitute for England in a 0-0 Group A4 bore draw with Croatia, the team who knocked them out of the World Cup semi-finals in the summer.
The Sun reported ahead of the game that Norwich would earn £250,000 from Maddison’s senior international debut, however it’s understood that clause in the summer deal worth up to £24m with Leicester is only activated by a start in a competitive fixture.
It’s a quiet weekend now although young Canaries striker Adam Idah is with the Republic of Ireland Under-19s for a European Championship qualifier against the Faroe Islands on home soil on Saturday (3pm), having scored during a 3-1 win over Bosnia on Wednesday.