The Norwich striker became the top scorer in the history of the Finnish team (33 goals) with his double in Finland’s triumph in Kazakhstan
Finland clings to the dream of playing the first World Cup in its history. Kanerva’s team, which debuted last summer in a final phase of the European Championship, won (0-2) in Kazakhstan and is third in group D with the same points as Ukraine (second). They achieved a key victory at Astana Arena thanks to goals from Teemu Pukki.
The Norwich striker signed a double between the end of the first half and the start of the second with which he became Finland’s all-time top scorer. With 33 goals in 98 games he left behind Jari Litmanen, the great soccer player in the history of the country who celebrated 32 in 137. His teammates recognized him by keeping him after the duel in Kazakhstan.
The former Sevilla player, who made his debut with Finland in 2009, is now the fifth player, along with Kolkka, with the most ‘games’ for his country. He is two encounters from being a centenary and 39 from reaching Litmanen. It goes for him.