Veteran Hitman Jari Litmanen Becomes The Oldest European Scorer During Finland's Victory

Jari Litmanen scored in Finland's 8-0 win over San Marino to become the oldest player to hit the onion bag in a European qualifier.
Jari Litmanen last night became the oldest international player to net in a European qualifying round during Finland's 8-0 romp over San Marino in Group E.

The legendary striker, now 39 years and 270 days old, smashed the previous record held by Republic of Ireland forward John Aldridge who was 37 years and 23 days when he recorded his strike back in 1995.

Litmanen came on as a substitute and cooly stepped up to convert a penalty in a second-half which saw the hosts score seven goals.

With Finland picking up their first points in the group, it was a night to remember also for Mikael Forsell who scored a second-half hat-trick.

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itmanen was the age the author goals in qualifying

Finnish striker Jari Litmanen, Differed in today's bare leg qualifying round of European Championship in San Marino, was the age a player who managed to score in the qualifying tournament. Legendary Finnish striker is now 39 years and 270 days. Previous record belonged to John Aldridge (37 years and 23 days) and was recorded in 1995