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Last-gasp leveller leaves Croatia flat in Oslo

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 21.45CET
Norway 1-1 Croatia
Eduardo put Slaven Bilić's men ahead in Oslo, but they were denied victory when Tarik Elyounoussi headed in from a corner in added time.
by Elvir Islamović
Last-gasp leveller leaves Croatia flat in Oslo
Eduardo is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring for Croatia ©AFP

Match statistics

NorwayCroatia

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
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Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 21.45CET

Last-gasp leveller leaves Croatia flat in Oslo

Norway 1-1 Croatia
Eduardo put Slaven Bilić's men ahead in Oslo, but they were denied victory when Tarik Elyounoussi headed in from a corner in added time.

Tarik Elyounoussi scored a last-gasp equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw for Norway against UEFA EURO 2012 hopefuls Croatia in the visitors' last friendly before travelling to the finals.

Eduardo seemed to have earned Slaven Bilić's men a morale-boosting win when he headed in with just ten minutes to go, but there was a sting in the tail for Croatia as Norway restored parity in added time. Bilić will now be hoping for better against the Republic of Ireland next Sunday.

Indeed, Croatia struggled for most of the game, with Luka Modrić left out after missing training due to concerns about his fitness. Vedran Ćorluka was also rested as he reported feeling back pain a few days ago, while Ivan Rakitić covered for Modrić in midfield and Ivan Perišić operated on the left wing.

Bilić's rejigged lineup had trouble breaking through Norway's defences and they created precious few chances to score. Meanwhile, Croatia's rearguard was given a torrid time by the home side and it was down to goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa that the scoreline remained level at the break.

Norway also threatened through Erik Huseklepp after 56 minutes, the midfielder having been fed the ball from the right. One on one with Pletikosa, he nonetheless sent his effort over the crossbar.

If that was good news for Croatia, bad news soon followed as Ivica Olić asked to be substituted with 71 minutes gone as a precautionary measure due to a muscle strain. Ivo Iličević came on in his place and the visitors went ahead shortly afterwards, Eduardo heading in a cross from his FC Shakhtar Donetsk team-mate Darijo Srna. Norway had the final word, though, with Elyounoussi nodding in from a corner.

 
Last updated: 06/12/12 10.27CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Croatia

Croatia

1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
Substitution46
1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (GK)
2
HangelandBrede Hangeland
2
SrnaDarijo Srna
Yellow Card53
3
RuudEspen Ruud
3
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
4
DemidovVadim Demidov
Substitution46
4
SchildenfeldGordon Schildenfeld
5
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
5
VidaDomagoj Vida
6
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Substitution73
6
StrinićIvan Strinić
Substitution46
7
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Yellow Card45
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
8
JenssenRuben Yttergård Jenssen
8
PerišićIvan Perišić
Substitution63
9
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
Substitution71
9
DujmovićTomislav Dujmović
Substitution46
10
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution84
10
JelavićNikica Jelavić
Substitution46
11
ElyounoussiTarik Elyounoussi
Goal90+1
11
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution63

Substitutes

12
Bugge PettersenEspen Bugge Pettersen (GK)
Substitution46
12
VukojevićOgnjen Vukojević
Substitution46
Yellow Card82
13
MadsenKim Madsen
Substitution46
13
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution46
14
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
Substitution71
14
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution46
Substitution71
15
BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution73
15
EduardoEduardo
Substitution63
Goal79
16
SøderlundAlexander Søderlund
Substitution84
16
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar
Substitution63
17
IličevićIvo Iličević
Substitution71

Coach

Egil Olsen (NOR) Slaven Bilić (CRO)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Anton Averianov (RUS), Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)

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