Finland beats Armenia with impressive Euro 2020 win

The win helps ease Huuhkajat ahead of their nearest rivals in Group J of the qualifying rounds for next year's championships.

Finnish players celebrate their 3-0 win over Armenia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, Turku, 15th October 2019 / Credit: UEFA

The Finnish men’s national football team scored an impressive win in the Euro 2020 qualifiers on Tuesday night.

Huuhkajat – Eagle Owls – defeated Armenia 3-0 in Turku.

Goals came off the boot of Fredrik Jensen in the first half; and in the 61st and 88th minutes from star striker Teemu Pukki.

It’s an important win for the Finns who were sitting uncomfortably in second place in Group J of the qualifiers going into tonight’s game. They were just a couple of points ahead of Armenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina who overwhelmed the Finns 4-1 on the road last Saturday.

But Tuesday’s win puts Finland five points clear of Armenia with two games still left to play.

Only the top two teams in the group are guaranteed to go through and none of the other countries can overtake Italy who are far ahead on 21 points having won all of their games so far.

Finland’s next game in the qualifying round is against Lichtenstein in Helsinki on 15th November. The tiny central European nation is at the bottom of the group but managed to hold Armenia to a 1-1 draw last weekend.

The final game in this stage is away in Greece on 18th November.

A victory in just one of the final two games would send Finland through to their first ever major international football tournament.