” I’m speechless. This is sick. We made it!”
Finland’s males have actually received a significant competition for the very first time in their history and striker Teemu Pukki could barely believe it.
Actually, the whole of Finland could barely think it.
Friday’s 3-0 success over Liechtenstein means the Eagle-owls will be at Euro 2020 next summertime, after protecting second spot in qualifying Group J, behind winners Italy
Jasse Tuominen’s first-half strike and a Pukki double – one from the penalty area – ended a run of 32 stopped working certifying projects for either the World Cup or European Champion, and triggered joyous scenes.
” There’s a celebration for sure,” Pukki told BBC World Service after the video game.
” We had some minutes of joy, we were celebrating what we had attained.
” The coach is wet, that is something we do. He deserved it. Much of us have actually been with him given that the under-21 s and he knows how to make us play our finest football.”
Topias Kauhala, a reporter for Finnish sports publication ELMO, stated: “After all these years and what Finland has been through as a nationwide group, individuals have tears in their eyes, grown males.
” It’s something you haven’t seen in Finnish football before, weeping with these psychological moments. It’s an as soon as in a life time minute.
” This is mainly a sporting achievement but we’re a little nation so we’re quite delighted when we get discovered all over the world.”
Hundreds hurried on to the Sonera Arena pitch at full-time and manager Markku Kanerva, a previous teacher, performed his post-match interview with fireworks going off in the range.
Crowds collected at a substantial screen in the capital while a viewing party was hosted in the city by Premier League side Norwich City, whose striker Pukki has actually become the talisman of Finland’s certifying project with 9 objectives in nine matches.
His exploits for club and nation have given birth to the #PukkiParty trend on social media and the Canaries are hosting a main Pukki Celebration in a Helsinki 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 previously this year talented a Pukki shirt to French president Emmanuel Macron, tweeted: “An incredible performance, Congratulations and thank you! Oh Finland is, oh Finland is, oh Finland is lastly in the males’s soccer champion!”
Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky suggested 15 November – the day his nation validated credentials for Euro 2020 – will go down in history.
” This might be a date for a national holiday in my viewpoint,” he stated. “We made our dreams come to life, plenty of people share that thought with us.”