Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Buoyed by a 2-0 win over Slovenia, Finland will look to give fans yet another reason to celebrate when they face San Marino on Monday. The Finns seemed very mature in Friday’s triumph and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to beat the minnows. A man to watch in the home team will be Norwich City attacker Teemu Pukki, who provided two assists for his teammates in the victory over Slovenia, while both Suhonen and Kamara are pushing for a start.
San Marino, on the other hand, suffered a loss in each of their three group games, with the team still struggling to find the net. David faces Goliath in Helsinki; therefore, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. You should bear in mind that Finland rolled over San Marino 8-0 in their last meeting in Helsinki.
Highlighted Team (Finland):
Finland national football team played their first international game before the World War 1. The Finns were beaten by fellow Nordic side Sweden (2-5) on October 22, 1911, but eleven years later they recorded their biggest ever win on the international stage.
Finland outclassed Estonia 10-2 in Helsinki and, speaking of their heaviest defeat, the team suffered a 13-0 loss to Germany in Leipzig during the World War II (1940). Finland national team became a member of FIFA back in 1908, but they have yet to qualify for the finals of the major tournament. The Finns did not participate in the European Championship finals as well, but several top-class footballers were part of their national football team in the past.
Former Liverpool ace Jari Litmanen scored 32 goals in 137 appearances for Finland and Sami Hyypia is yet another notable footballer who played for the Eagle-owls. The colour of Finland’s home kits is white, while they play their away games in blue shirts and blue shorts.