(France – Finland 0-2) A pearl scoring signed by Onni Valakari (21) contributed to a Finnish shock winner in Paris.
While Norway’s private international match against Israel was canceled, neighboring Finland is doing great things on the continent.
– I think no one could predict this. We thought before the match that we should not be too humble. We wanted to be brave and do what we could, says Robert Taylor to VG.
The Brann player was replaced about a quarter of an hour before the end. Then the striker Marcus Forss had ensured a very surprising lead away against France, who fielded among others Paul Pogba from the start.
Only three minutes later, former Tromsø player Onni Valakari doubled the lead with a dream score.
– That is unbelievable. This is the first time we beat France. The atmosphere in the locker room is very good, says Taylor, who replaced Valakari in the second half.
The midfielder knocked from a distance. The ball went into a beautiful parabolic arc, and France’s goalkeeper Steve Mandanda only got his fingertips on it.
The 21-year-old is the son of former TIL coach Simo Valakari. In January, Onni Valakari signed for Cypriot Paphos.
Robert Taylor also has a past in Tromsø.
France gradually replaces Anthony Martial and Antoine Griezmann, among others, without being able to prevent losses.
– It was a fantastic feeling to play here against such good players. I think I did well, so it was fun, says Taylor.
The match gives the Finns a big confidence boost before the qualifiers away against Bulgaria and Wales in the Nations League.