NEWS
Sunday September 8 2019
Pukki: 'Italy deserved victory'

Teemu Pukki confessed Italy “had more chances and deserved to win the game” as Finland fell 2-1 in Tampere for their Euro 2020 qualifier.

“Obviously, Italy had more chances, but we came back to 1-1 and wanted to get at least one point,” the Norwich City striker told Rai Sport.

“I guess you could say Italy deserved to win the game.”

The Azzurri only won thanks to a very controversial Jorginho penalty, as Sauli Vaisanen’s arm was across his chest.

“I was in the other half, so I didn’t see clearly. What I heard was the hand was close to the body, so I can’t comment until I’ve seen it.”

Italy maintain their 100 per cent record with six wins out of six, but Finland only conceded four goals and they were all against Italy, securing four victories.

Can Finland qualify for their first ever European Championship?

“That is our dream, as we’ve never been, so there are four games to go and that’s something we really want to do. We have a good chance, but we need to get some more points.”

The top two in the group qualify for Euro 2020 and Finland have an excellent chance, as they have 12 points, followed by Armenia on nine, Bosnia-Herzegovina with seven and Greece five.

Incredibly, Greece were held to a 1-1 home draw this evening by minnows Liechtenstein, who hadn't picked up a competitive point on their travels since 2011.