There’s a first time for everything and it sure seems Finland will reach their first ever European Championship qualification after the weekend. The team is second in their group behind the already-clinched Italy, with 15 points in eight games and chased by Armenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina at 10 points. With two games remaining, Finland needs a win over Liechtenstein on Friday or Greece on Monday in order to clinch a spot in their first EURO tournament. Finland’s most important player so far in the qualification has been the in-form striker Teemu Pukki. Pukki started off the season with a blast playing for Norwich, scoring five goals early on and being selected the Player of the Month in August. Since then both Norwich and Pukki have struggled to score, but in the national team his efforts have been impeccable: Pukki has scored seven of his nations’ 12 goals and assisted on another. Last time against Armenia Pukki scored two in all-important 3-0 victory. Injuries to a fellow forwards Joel Pohjanpalo and Fredrik Jensen will mean even more responsibility for Pukki, who is likely to start as a sole striker or sided with one of the less known international players gotten blooded by
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