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Teemu Pukki sets a new record for Finland by scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan

Teemu Pukki has broken Jari Litmanen's record to become Finland's all-time record goalscorer after netting a brace in their World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

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Teemu Pukki set a new record for Finland by scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan.

City's striker sat on 31 goals heading into this afternoon's fixture in Astana, but a quickfire brace has seen him leapfrog the ex-Liverpool and Barcelona forward to cement his place in the history books.

Prior to this match, the 31-year-old had only scored once in his previous seven international matches, but a smart finish saw him open the scoring on the stroke of half-time. Finland took the lead after he swiveled and poked the ball past the goalkeeper.

His second goal came just after the halftime break when he was the first to react to Urho Nissilä's curling shot from range. He pounced after the keeper parried a conversion attempt from inside the six-yard box.

The City striker has only scored twice in the Premier League this season, but he remains an important cog in his country's efforts to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar next year.

Pukki said: Of course, when you get past Liti, it is an indescribable feeling.

"Most importantly, It was an important three points. The dream of the World Cup is still alive.

"It was a difficult start because we don't play very much on artificial grass. We only had time to do one workout in that. But then when we got the game started, we could have scored more goals."

24 of Finland's 33 goals have come since Pukki joined the Canaries on a free transfer from Danish side Brondby.

Pukki's goal-scoring exploits for Norwich place him ninth in the record books, alongside Les Eyre. Two more goals would propel him past City legend John Deehan into eighth place, while the 31-year-old is nine goals behind Grant Holt in sixth.

He will now return to Colney to prepare for City's Premier League match against Brighton on Saturday, where he hopes to put his international form to use for the Canaries.

On Tuesday evening, 11 Norwich City players were in action, including Scottish contingent Grant Hanley and Billy Gilmour, who started in their 1-0 victory over the Faroe Islands.

Gilmour caught the eye again in midfield, and his pass set up the late winner, which saw Lyndon Dykes bundle John McGinn's cross into the net.

Milot Rashica started for Kosovo in their 2-1 loss to Georgia, winning a penalty on the stroke of halftime after being fouled in the area by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.


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