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Marcus Forss unused sub as Finland open World Cup Qualifying with draw

Eagle-Owls share points with Bosnia and Herzegovina in Helsinki

25 March 2021

Teemu Pukki's double wasn't enough to make it a winning start to 2022 World Cup Qualifying for Finland as Miroslav Stevanović netted an 84th minute equaliser for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Helsinki.

Brentford striker Marcus Forss was named among the substitutes at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium last night as both sides began their journey to Qatar 2022.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes it was the away side who opened the scoring through Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanić. That lead came ten minutes into the half but it would last just three minutes; Norwich City striker Pukki volleying his side level from inside the box. 

Into the final quarter of an hour and The Canaries' striker slid home goal number 29 for Finland to take him joint-second on the Finns all-time scoring chart. It would not also give his side the three points as Servette winger Stevanović grabbed the game's fourth and final goal.

Last night's other game in Group D produced a shock result with Ukraine holding current World Champions France to a 1-1 draw in Paris; Presnel Kimpembe's own-goal cancelling out Antoine Griezmann's early strike.  

It is the Ukraine who are up next for Marcus and Finland in Lviv on Sunday as The Bees' young striker looks to add to his three senior caps. 


There's plenty of Brentford interest in World Cup Qualifying tonight as Denmark, with Christian Nørgaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, and Mathias Jensen in the squad, begin their campaign against Israel. 

There could also be a senior international debut for Ethan Pinnock as Jamaica take on USA in a friendly in Austria. 


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