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Will Kazakhstan’s dream form in European Championship qualifying continue?
Back in March, the Hawks enjoyed their most-famous victory of all-time, coming from 2-0 down to beat Denmark 3-2, with Abat Aiymbetov bagging an 89th minute winner.
But then, crucially, Magomed Adiyev’s team backed this up with back-to-back wins in June, swatting aside San Marino 3-0 in Parma, before another last-minute victory over Northern Ireland.
Just as he’d been three months earlier, Aiymbetov was the hero at Windsor Park, with his solo goal silencing the Belfast crowd and snatching all three points for his team with just two minutes remaining.
Kazakhstan have now won seven of their last ten competitive matches, claiming three successive victories in European qualifying for the very first time.
So, could UEFA’s most easterly member actually be at the European Championships next summer?
Well, this’ll be a serious test of their credentials, with visitors Finland also having won three on the spin, achieving this for the first time in 13 years, leaving them top of this group.
During the summer, the Eagle-Owls claimed a crucial 2-0 victory over Slovenia, before hammering San Marino 6-0, also at Helsinki Olympic Stadium, three days later.
Having led Finland to their maiden major tournament at Euro 2020, Markku Kanerva is determined to replicate this achievement.
It’s very tight at the top of Group H, with only two points separating the top four, making every point valuable.
Will the crowd inside Astana Arena have another Kazakh victory to celebrate, or will Finland leave Nur-Sultan with three precious points of their own?
Kazakhstan team news
Abat Aiymbetov has been the hero of this campaign so far, scoring last-gasp winners against both Denmark and Northern Ireland, taking his tally to eight for Kazakhstan.
Their usual talisman though is Baqtiiar Zainutdinov, who’s netted 12 times at international level, joining Beşiktaş from CSKA Moskva earlier this summer.
Finland team news
Teemu Pukki meantime is Finland’s top-scorer of all-time, on 38, but Oliver Antman has been the man on fire over the last ten months, scoring four times in his first six appearance for the national team.