Finland fall to Italy despite Pukki penalty

It was a close scoreline in Tampere on Sunday night with two penalties deciding the result.

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File picture of Tampere stadium where Finland played Italy on 8th September 2019 / Credit: Huuhkajat Twitter

The Finnish men’s national football team are still on track to qualify for their first ever major international tournament, despite losing 2-1 to Italy on Sunday night.

The Eagle Owls Huuhkajat took on powerhouse Italy in Tampere in the latest qualification match for the Euro 2020 tournament.

After a scoreless first half, the Italians put the ball in the back of the net in the 59th minute courtesy of Ciro Immobile.

Finland pulled one back with a penalty from Norwich City striker Teemu Pukki to level the scores at 1-1 in the 72nd minute.

However when a ball hit Sauli Vaisanen’s hand, Italy got a penalty of their own in the 79th minute.

Italy are sitting on top of Group J having won all six of their games so far. They only need four points in the four remaining games to qualify for the 2020 tournament.

Finland are in second place with four wins from six games, and three points ahead of Bosnia.

Only the top two teams in the group are guaranteed to go through.