Let the Pukki Party begin! City striker helps Finland seal Euro 2020 place - but limps off
PUBLISHED: 18:55 15 November 2019 | UPDATED: 20:52 15 November 2019
Teemu Pukki has written his name into Finnish folklore, sealing a landmark European Championship qualification with a brace - but also giving Norwich City an injury concern in the process.
The Canaries' striker had been involved in the build-up to the opening goal, forced a good save and seen a header cleared off the line before firing in a penalty in the 64th minute - to kick-off the party in Helsinki.
Finland knew that victory over minnows Liechtenstein would seal their first ever qualification to a major tournament and Pukki booked that place as he tucked home from close range, after rounding the goalkeeper, as the hosts comfortably won 3-0.
That was a ninth goal of Euro 2020 qualifying for the 29-year-old and his 22nd goal on the international stage, as he won his 76th cap.
It was also a 12th goal in 17 games for club and country this season - sparking a pitch invasion at the final whistle as an almight celebration kicked off.
Pukki did however have to limp off in the 84th minute, with what appeared to be a minor muscle strain, walking off reasonably comfortably.
He also jogged onto the pitch at full-time to join in with the celebrations, before quickly slipping off the pitch to avoid the chaos, giving hope that it was just a minor issue.
The Canaries return to action next Saturday when they travel to Everton, looking to revive their Premier League fortunes.
The Finns still have a final qualifier to play in Greece on Monday (7.45pm) but City will no doubt be hoping Pukki is rested for a dead rubber, with nothing but pride to play for as leaders Italy are nine points clear.
The former Celtic and Schalke striker was signed on a free transfer in 2018 after he'd decided to leave Danish club Brondby and his since scored a remarkable 36 goals in 58 games for Norwich - becoming an international star.
- You can watch both of Pukki's goals above