Per-Mathias Høgmo has called up two new faces for Norway's Group G meetings with Bulgaria and Croatia: IFK left-back Haitam Aleesami and in-form Rosenborg midfielder Ole Selnæs.
"We have ten points, which is a good position to be in," Høgmo said. "We are two points ahead of Bulgaria and only two points off second place in the group. Many players are now asserting themselves at club level and we hope that spreads to the national side."
Per-Mathias Høgmo, Norway coach
We are very disappointed. It’s a match we wanted to win, and it has been our focus all the way. We know we met a team that plays defensively and we did not have enough pace in what we did, offensively or defensivly. In the last 25 minutes we changed our formation from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 and we played very well, creating some big chances but were unable to score any goals. This has been our biggest challenge lately.
We didn’t succeed in scoring an early goal, and didn’t succeed in make our chances count in the later stages of the game. Azerbaijan's tactics were as expected. Defensive, laying low in their own half, and denying space.
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