European Championship Qualifying - Group J
FinlandFinland3LiechtensteinLiechtenstein0

Finland qualify for Euro 2020 and first major tournament

Finland celebrate
Finland have won six of their nine qualifying games

"I'm speechless. This is sick. We made it!"

Finland's men have qualified for a major tournament for the first time in their history and striker Teemu Pukki could barely believe it.

Actually, the whole of Finland could barely believe it.

Friday's 3-0 victory over Liechtenstein means the Eagle-owls will be at Euro 2020 next summer, after securing second spot in qualifying Group J, behind winners Italy

Jasse Tuominen's first-half strike and a Pukki double - one from the penalty spot - ended a run of 32 failed qualifying campaigns for either the World Cup or European Championship, and sparked jubilant scenes.

"There's a party for sure," Pukki told BBC World Service after the game.

"We had some moments of joy, we were celebrating what we had achieved.

"The coach is wet, that is something we do. He deserved it. Many of us have been with him since the under-21s and he knows how to make us play our best football."

Topias Kauhala, a journalist for Finnish sports magazine ELMO, said: "After all these years and what Finland has been through as a national team, people have tears in their eyes, grown men.

"It's something you haven't seen in Finnish football before, crying with these emotional moments. It's a once in a lifetime moment.

"This is mainly a sporting achievement but we're a small nation so we're quite happy when we get noticed around the world."

Finland fans invade the pitch
The full-time whistle sparked a pitch invasion in Helsinki

Hundreds rushed on to the Sonera Stadium pitch at full-time and manager Markku Kanerva, a former teacher, conducted his post-match interview with fireworks going off in the distance.

Crowds gathered at a huge screen in the capital while a viewing party was hosted in the city by Premier League side Norwich City, whose striker Pukki has become the talisman of Finland's qualifying campaign with nine goals in nine matches.

His exploits for club and country have given birth to the #PukkiParty trend on social media and the Canaries are hosting an official Pukki Party in a Helsinki night club on Friday. They even opened a pop-up Norwich City store in the city to capitalise on the interest in their star striker.

Finland's Prime Minister Antti Rinne, who earlier this year gifted a Pukki shirt to French president Emmanuel Macron, tweeted:external-link "An incredible performance, Congratulations and thank you! Oh Finland is, oh Finland is, oh Finland is finally in the men's soccer championship!"

Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky suggested 15 November - the day his country confirmed qualification for Euro 2020 - will go down in history.

"This could be a date for a national holiday in my opinion," he said. "We made our dreams come true, plenty of people share that thought with us."

Finland
Some of the players were carried off the pitch after the final whistle...
Finland
... while there were celebratory scenes throughout Finland...
Finland
... fans in Helsinki dived onto a fountain in jubilation...

Line-ups

Finland

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hrádecky
  • 22Raitala
  • 4Toivio
  • 2Arajuuri
  • 16Pirinen
  • 8Lod
  • 14SparvSubstituted forKaukoat 71'minutes
  • 6Kamara
  • 13SoiriSubstituted forSkrabbat 78'minutes
  • 10PukkiSubstituted forKarjalainenat 84'minutes
  • 7Tuominen

Substitutes

  • 3O'Shaughnessy
  • 5Väisänen
  • 9Jensen
  • 11Schüller
  • 12Joronen
  • 15Väisänen
  • 17Skrabb
  • 18Lam
  • 19Kauko
  • 20Karjalainen
  • 21Taylor
  • 23Jaakkola

Liechtenstein

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Büchel
  • 2Brändle
  • 6Malin
  • 22Rechsteiner
  • 3Goppel
  • 13Büchel
  • 14MeierSubstituted forSeleat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Hasler
  • 23PolverinoSubstituted forGubserat 73'minutes
  • 11Salanovic
  • 9FrickSubstituted forKardesogluat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Wolfinger
  • 7Kardesoglu
  • 8Sele
  • 12Ospelt
  • 15Yildiz
  • 16Wolfinger
  • 17Gubser
  • 19Ospelt
  • 20Wolfinger
  • 21Lo Russo
Referee:
Benoît Bastien

Match Stats

Home TeamFinlandAway TeamLiechtenstein
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home22
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Finland 3, Liechtenstein 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Finland 3, Liechtenstein 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rasmus Karjalainen (Finland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Robin Lod.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Liechtenstein. Aron Sele replaces Livio Meier.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Juha Pirinen (Finland).

  6. Post update

    Ridvan Kardesoglu (Liechtenstein) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Livio Meier (Liechtenstein) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dennis Salanovic.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joni Kauko (Finland).

  9. Post update

    Martin Rechsteiner (Liechtenstein) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Liechtenstein. Ridvan Kardesoglu replaces Yanik Frick.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Finland. Rasmus Karjalainen replaces Teemu Pukki.

  12. Post update

    Glen Kamara (Finland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Livio Meier (Liechtenstein).

  14. Post update

    Offside, Finland. Teemu Pukki tries a through ball, but Robin Lod is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joona Toivio (Finland) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robin Lod with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Finland. Conceded by Martin Büchel.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Finland. Conceded by Martin Rechsteiner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jasse Tuominen (Finland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Finland. Simon Skrabb replaces Pyry Soiri.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Liechtenstein. Conceded by Juha Pirinen.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England76013362718
2Czech Rep75021310315
3Kosovo73221312111
4Montenegro8035322-193
5Bulgaria7034517-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine76101521319
2Portugal74212061414
3Serbia74121515013
4Luxembourg7115714-74
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands65011971215
2Germany65012061415
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus7115412-84
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark74302251715
2Switzerland7421135814
3R. of Ireland733164212
4Georgia8224711-48
5Gibraltar7007225-230

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia7421146814
2Hungary740389-112
3Slovakia6312108210
4Wales62226608
5Azerbaijan6015514-91

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain97202652123
2Sweden95312091118
3Romania94231710714
4Norway93511710714
5Faroe Islands9108427-233
6Malta9108225-233

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland86111321119
2Austria85121771016
3North Macedonia83231011-111
4Slovenia8323138511
5Israel83231515011
6Latvia8008227-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France97112361722
2Turkey96211631320
3Iceland95131210216
4Albania94141612413
5Andorra9117318-154
6Moldova9108324-213

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium88003012924
2Russia87012742321
3Cyprus83141312110
4Scotland83051117-69
5Kazakhstan8215913-47
6San Marino8008043-430

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy99002832527
2Finland9603158718
3Greece93241013-311
4Armenia93151316-310
5Bos-Herze93151717010
6Liechtenstein9027228-262
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