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Carew to the rescue

Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 21.19CET
Norway 2-2 Denmark John Carew scores in injury time to seal a share of the spoils.

Match statistics

NorwayDenmark

Goals scored2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Saturday 7 September 2002, 21.19CET

Carew to the rescue

Norway 2-2 Denmark John Carew scores in injury time to seal a share of the spoils.

Norway 2-2 Denmark
John Carew scored a dramatic late equaliser as Norway secured a 2-2 draw in their opening EURO 2004™ Group 2 qualifying match against Denmark at the Ullevaal stadium in Oslo.

Tenacious performance
Trailing their Scandinavian rivals with less than a minute remaining, Carew, a second-half substitute, looped in a header to send the home fans into raptures. The goal was no more than Norway deserved for a tenacious, attacking performance, with John Arne Riise and Ole Gunnar Solskjær particularly impressive.

Early chances
Denmark spent the opening 20 minutes of the match camped in their own half and Norway threatened to run wild with a string of blistering attacks, including Eirik Bakke's shot that flew across goal in only the second minute following confusion in the Danish area.

Tomasson opener
However, it was Denmark who grabbed the initiative in the 23rd minute. Thomas Gravesen split the hosts' defence with a fine ball, and Niclas Jensen raced into the area before sliding the ball across for Jon Dahl Tomasson to tap over the line from two metres.

Riise on target
Riise drew the hosts level nine minutes after the restart with a powerful 17-metre strike following Solskjær's clever flicked pass. Denmark went ahead again after 72 minutes, when substitute Claus Jensen burst down the left to feed namesake Niclas. His cross picked out the unmarked Tomasson, who made no mistake with a downward header from three metres.

Late drama
Chances came and went for both sides, before Carew sent the home fans wild with a looping header with only seconds remaining. The Valencia CF striker, recalled to the squad having been dropped for the recent friendly against the Netherlands, rose highest to connect with a long, hopeful free-kick from the back and floated the ball beyond the grasp of the despairing Thomas Sørensen.

'Best performance'
Norway coach Nils Johan Semb, who has just signed a new two-year contract, was pleased with his side's performance and is looking to the future. "It would have been unjust if we had lost this match," he said. "I think we dominated throughout long periods. This was our best performance for a long time and it's definitely something to build on."

'Reasonably satisfied'
His opposite number, Morten Olsen, admitted that his side had struggled to contain an impressive Norwegian team. "I am reasonably satisfied," he said. "We tried to play in our own style but had problems with Norway's long ball tactic. I think we controlled the last ten to 15 minutes and should have had three points in the bag."

Last updated: 04/06/03 14.55CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Denmark

Denmark

1
GrodåsFrode Grodås (GK)
1
SørensenThomas Sørensen (GK)
2
BergdølmoAndré Bergdølmo
2
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
3
JohnsenRonny Johnsen
3
LustüSteven Lustü
4
BergHenning Berg (C)
4
LaursenMartin Laursen
Yellow Card41
5
BasmaChrister Basma
5
N.JensenNiclas Jensen
6
IversenSteffen Iversen
6
HelvegThomas Helveg
7
Trond AndersenTrond Andersen
Substitution77
7
GravesenThomas Gravesen
8
LeonhardsenØyvind Leonhardsen
Substitution77
8
GrønkjærJesper Grønkjær
Substitution69
9
BakkeEirik Bakke
Yellow Card13
Substitution88
9
TomassonJon Dahl Tomasson
Goal22
Goal72
Substitution90+2
10
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
10
RommedahlDennis Rommedahl
Substitution59
11
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Goal54
11
SandEbbe Sand (C)

Substitutes

12
HoltanErik Holtan (GK)
16
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen (GK)
16
StrandRoar Strand
Substitution77
13
NielsenPer Nielsen
Substitution90+2
17
Svindal LarsenTommy Svindal Larsen
Substitution88
14
C. JensenClaus Jensen
Substitution69
18
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution77
Goal90+2
15
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Substitution59
13
HoftunErik Hoftun
12
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
14
LundekvamClaus Lundekvam
17
MadsenPeter Madsen
15
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
18
LarsenThomas Larsen

Coach

Nils Johan Semb (NOR) Morten Olsen (DEN)

Referee

Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Assistant referees

Wilson Irvine (SCO), Gordon Mcbride (SCO)

Fourth official

Kenneth William Clark (SCO)

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