Nations League: Finland vs Ireland



Finland meets Ireland in the upcoming match of Group D's fourth match in Nations League in Helsinki. Finland is second in the group with 6 points while the Irish Republic has only 2 points due to efforts to play-off the Euro finals.

Finland will be hoping for a better result after a 5-1 loss in the International Friendly match against Poland, soon after they easily won Bulgaria 2-0. 15 minutes into the game, Robert Taylor had a good chance and cleared the deck for Teemu Pukki but Martin Lukov was awake in front of the Bulgarian goal. Finland took the lead in the 52nd minute, Jere Uronen crossed from the left flank and Joel Pohjanpalo letTaylor carefully pad the ball into the net. A few minutes later Owls celebrated again. Uronen threw a throw at Fredrik Jensen and turned and shot into the far corner. Finland's Markku Kanerva has scored a total of nine times in their last half-dozen games. The respective total number of goals scored against them in those matches is 8. Thomas Lam is eliminated from the team due to a right knee pain, in addition, Lassi Lappalainen will not join the team due to a shoulder injury while Teemu Pukki. 

The Republic of Ireland suffers from fear of COVID due to having a confirmed positive just days before an important Slovakia playoff game, after which they lost pain on penalties in Bratislava. In their last match, Ireland drew 0-0 against Wales in the Nations League. During 5 of the previous six clashes involving Ireland, very few goals were scored between them and the opposition, the average total goals per game during that period of 1.5, with the number Ireland's average goal was 0.83. Coach Stephen Kenny called five players into the squad for the UEFA Nations League match against Finland. West Bromwich Albion defender Dara O'Shea and Derby County midfielder Jason Knight were brought up from the under-21s while Norwich City forward Adam Idah joined the team. QPR midfielder Ryan Manning has been called up to the starting XI for the first time and Portsmouth striker Ronan Curtis is the fifth player to be called up. While Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick has returned to his club. Preston North End striker Sean Maguire and Wycombe Wanderers winger Daryl Horgan have been called up to replace Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah. Anderlecht midfielder Josh Cullen has also been called up, the 24-year-old joined the team in place of the injured Harry Arter, the Nottingham Forest midfielder absent due to a thigh injury. Preston North End striker Sean Maguire and Wycombe Wanderers winger Daryl Horgan have been called up to replace Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah. Anderlecht midfielder Josh Cullen has also been called up, the 24-year-old joined the team in place of the injured Harry Arter, the Nottingham Forest midfielder absent due to a thigh injury. Preston North End striker Sean Maguire and Wycombe Wanderers winger Daryl Horgan have been called up to replace Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah. Anderlecht midfielder Josh Cullen has also been called up, the 24-year-old joined the team in place of the injured Harry Arter, the Nottingham Forest midfielder absent due to a thigh injury.
 




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