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Italy edged closer to qualifying as a Jorginho penalty for Euro 2020 secured victory.
After the hand of Sauli Vaisanen struck against the winner was transformed by chelsea midfielder Jorginho.
Finland level had been brought by in-form Norwich striker Teemu Pukki by scoring in the place – his seventh goal in six games in all competitions this season.
Italy, that took the lead through the header of Ciro Immobile, are two points clear from Armenia.
They need four points from their remaining games to guarantee a place in Euro 2020, together with games from Greece and Lichtenstein to come in October.
Immobile celebrated his opener – a header out of the cross of Federico Chiesa – with an outpouring of emotion, having gone 10 looks without a goal because finding the internet in a 1-0 win over Israel at September 2017.
The main drawback for Italy was the lack of left-back Emerson through accident and he is a doubt for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Wolves on Saturday.
Finland so are in a position to safeguard their eligibility for a significant tournament, with the top two, and remain next three factors over Armenia.
And in Pukki, who obtained his punishment after being chased by Stefano Sensi, they have among Europe’s most successful strikers on present form, together with goals in four consecutive internationals and five out of their six qualifiers up to now.
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