Let the Pukki Party begin! City striker helps Finland seal Euro 2020 place – but limps off

Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki celebrates his first goal for Finland during victory over Liechtens

Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki celebrates his first goal for Finland during victory over Liechtenstein in Helsinki Picture: Martti Kainuleinen/Lehtikuva via AP - Credit: AP

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.


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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.

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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.

Teemu Pukki has become a national hero in his native Finland after firing them to Euro 2020. Picture

Teemu Pukki has become a national hero in his native Finland after firing them to Euro 2020. Picture: Martti Kainuleinen/Lehtikuva via AP - Credit: AP

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

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