Teemu Pukki’s double takes Finland closer to Euro 2020 finals
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Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki was back on the goal trail for Finland on Tuesday night - after going three matches without scoring for his club.
The prolific frontman scored twice in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Armenia in Turku to take his country to the brink of qualification for Euro 2020.
Pukki struck twice in the second half to take his tally to 10 goals in 12 games for club and country this season after Fredrik Jensen had opened the scoring in the first half. He is now the country's third-highest scorer with 22 goals, 10 behind all-time leader Jari Litmanen.
The Finns have never qualified for a World Cup or European Championship but following Bosnia and Herzegovina's 2-1 defeat in Greece victory later in the evening a win at home to Liechtenstein in their next game will ensure they reach their first major tournament.
Meanwhile young City striker Adam Idah played the full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland Under-21s lost 1-0 to Iceland in Reykjavik in a European Championship qualifier.