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Draw spells end for Slovenia and Norway

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.07CET
Slovenia 0-0 Norway
Norway and Slovenia bowed out of UEFA EURO 2000 after a hard-fought draw in Arnhem.
Draw spells end for Slovenia and Norway
Bjørn Otto Bragstad (left) vies with Zlatko Zahovič of Slovenia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SloveniaNorway

Goals scored0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 12.07CET

Draw spells end for Slovenia and Norway

Slovenia 0-0 Norway
Norway and Slovenia bowed out of UEFA EURO 2000 after a hard-fought draw in Arnhem.

Norway and Slovenia bowed out of UEFA EURO 2000 after a hard-fought draw that suited neither team in Arnhem.

Both sides went into the game with hopes of advancing to the last eight alive but a meeting as high on energy as it was short of attacking ideas ultimately ended goalless. That allowed Spain and the team they beat 4-3, Yugoslavia, to finish first and second in Group C, Yugoslavia advancing courtesy of a superior head-to-head record against third-place Norway.

Norway had been expected to progress and quickly went on the offensive with Tore André Flo, John Carew and Steffen Iversen, playing despite a broken nose, knocking at the door. Slovenia defended desperately, all full-blooded blocks and last-ditch clearances as they withstood the bombardment, waiting for a ceasefire.

It came midway through the opening period and Slovenia began to make their own incursions into opposition territory. Miran Pavlin went close with a header and just before the half-hour Ermin Šiljak screwed wide after a corner was cleared straight to him. Pavlin whistled an opportunist shot wide as Slovenia really began to open up but that ought to have suited Norway.

Yet any space for their four strikers was not forthcoming. Instead they relied on dead-ball situations and long-distance efforts, most notably when Erik Mykland cleverly flicked a free-kick up for Iversen to volley just wide. Eirik Bakke, on for Carew, wasted another chance with a wild drive over the bar but Slovenia, too, were asking questions.

Knowing only a win would do – with 15 minutes to go and Spain losing 3-2 to Yugoslavia a point was enough for Norway – Srečko Katanec's men began to throw caution to the wind. The superb Zlatko Zahovič and Šiljak were combining well, their exciting double act lacking only the killer punch line. Norway's uncompromising style was proving tough to crack.

They held on, and when the final whistle went they initially thought they were through; news of Spain's dramatic last-minute winner confirmed their exit.

Last updated: 19/01/12 15.47CET

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Lineups

Slovenia

Slovenia

Norway

Norway

12
DabanovičMladen Dabanovič (GK)
1
MyhreThomas Myhre (GK)
3
MilinovičŽeljko Milinovič
2
BergdølmoAndré Bergdølmo
5
GaličMarinko Galič
Substitution83
3
BragstadBjørn Otto Bragstad
6
KnavsAleksander Knavs
7
MyklandErik Mykland
Yellow Card24
7
NovakDžoni Novak
8
SolbakkenStåle Solbakken (C)
8
ČehAleš Čeh (C)
9
T. A. FloTore André Flo
10
ZahovičZlatko Zahovič
16
EggenDan Eggen
11
PavlinMiran Pavlin
Yellow Card44
17
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution61
13
RudonjaMladen Rudonja
18
IversenSteffen Iversen
17
ŠiljakErmin Šiljak
Substitution86
20
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Yellow Card59
19
KaričAmir Karič
22
BjørnebyeStig Inge Bjørnebye

Substitutes

1
SimeunovičMarko Simeunovič (GK)
12
OlsenFrode Olsen (GK)
22
NemecDejan Nemec (GK)
13
BakkeMorten Bakke (GK)
18
AčimovičMilenko Ačimovič
Substitution83
5
Trond AndersenTrond Andersen
20
OstercMilan Osterc
Substitution86
6
StrandRoar Strand
Substitution82
2
BulajičSpasoje Bulajič
10
RekdalKjetil Rekdal
9
UdovičSašo Udovič
11
SkammelsrudBent Skammelsrud
14
GajserSaša Gajser
14
HeggemVegard Heggem
15
IsteničRudi Istenič
15
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
16
ŽlogarAnton Žlogar
19
BakkeEirik Bakke
Substitution61
Substitution82
21
PavlovičZoran Pavlovič
21
RisethVidar Riseth

Coach

Srečko Katanec (SVN) Nils Johan Semb (NOR)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Emanuel Zammit (MLT)

Fourth official

Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

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