Canaries Euro2020 wrap: GOAT at it again and a full house for Jamal
PUBLISHED: 21:37 11 June 2019 | UPDATED: 21:52 11 June 2019
Teemu Pukki finished off a dream season in typical goalscoring style on Tuesday night with the opener in Finland’s 2-0 Euro2020 qualifying away win in Liechtenstein.
Norwich City's player-of-the-year bundled home Robin Lod's cross for his 36th goal of the campaign for club and country.
Pukki's brace sunk Bosnia at the weekend in Group J and the striker's first half strike at the Rheinpark Stadion set the Finns on the way to a routine win. Benjamin Kallman sealed the victory in the 57th minute to keep the Finns three points behind leaders Italy in second place.
It capped a remarkable campaign for Pukki, who arrived at Carrow Road on a free transfer last summer but will now spearhead Norwich's Premier League quest.
Pukki notched 29 league goals for the Canaries in his debut season to finish top scorer in the Championship and be crowned the Championship player-of-the-season.
Club mate Jamal Lewis helped Northern Ireland to a late 1-0 away win in Belarus. Paddy McNair's 86th minute goal made it four qualifying wins out of four for Michael O'Neill's squad in Group C, ahead of daunting tests against Germany and Holland later in the year.
Michael McGovern was an unused substitute for Northern Ireland.
There was mixed fortunes for the rest of City's international contingent on Tuesday night. Kenny McLean's Scotland lost 3-0 to World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.
The Scots held out until first half stoppage time but Romelu Lukaku's brace and Kevin De Bruyne's sidefooted second half stoppage time third maintained the Belgians' unbeaten start to their Group I qualifying campaign.
McLean played the full 90 minutes in Brussels against a home outfit which featured Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard.
Mario Vrancic was an unused substitute in Bosnia's 2-1 defeat against Italy in Turin in the same group as Pukki's Finns.
Vrancic's impressive end to Norwich's title-winning season had earned him an international recall but the cultured midfielder was kept in reserve for both of Bosnia's qualifiers.