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Solskjær to Norway's rescue

Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 18.25CET
Norway 1-1 Romania Ole Gunnar Solskjær's late penalty ensures a share of the spoils.

Match statistics

NorwayRomania

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 11 June 2003, 18.25CET

Solskjær to Norway's rescue

Norway 1-1 Romania Ole Gunnar Solskjær's late penalty ensures a share of the spoils.

A penalty 12 minutes from time rescued a 1-1 draw for Norway against adventurous Romania as the sides met in Oslo in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 2.

Restless crowd
Ole Gunnar Solskjær stepped up to stroke the equaliser past Bogdan Lobont from the spot after the Romanian captain, Cristian Chivu, was penalised for handball in a crowded area as the home support in the Ullevål stadium began to get restless.

Dropped points
It was the only blot in Chivu's copybook as he set about steering his side, lit up by Adrian Mutu's fancy footwork, to what would have been an unexpected victory thanks to Ioan Ganea's calmly taken 64th-minute goal. As it stands, a point will do Romania's chances of qualifying no harm - but Norway have now dropped five points in as many days after their 1-0 defeat against Denmark at the weekend.

Clever touch
Evidently desperate to return to winning ways, Norway started brightly despite the heavy rain and almost found themsleves ahead early on. Just six minutes had elapsed when Cosmin Contra conceded a free-kick which was drilled in low and struck the left-hand post after a clever touch from Solskjær before a relieved Lobont smothered the loose ball.

Chivu superb
Employing a rapid attacking game utilising Solskjær's fast breaks and the height of Valencia CF striker John Carew, Norway continued to press but were denied by an organised Romania defence, marshalled superbly by Chivu, whose brightest moment was an outstanding interception as Solskjær seemed certain to turn in Carew's square pass on 13 minutes.

Olsen heroics
The best chance of the first half fell to the visitors when Mutu drilled a pass across the face of goal only for Ganea to be denied at point-blank range by Frode Olsen, the 35-year-old Norway goalkeeper. Two good opportunities fell in Norway's direction as the interval approached. First John Arne Riise stabbed the ball straight at Lobont from the edge of the area. Then, in added time, the ball broke to Solskjær, whose powerful effort drew a fine parry from Lobont.

Ganea on target
Romania's best spell followed the half-time break and for 20 minutes they were the only side in contention. Daniel Pancu went close with a 51st-minute header and then the goal came. Mutu bravely set Ganea through and although he still had two defenders to beat, Henning Berg and Ronny Johnsen contrived to let the striker muscle his way through before watching on helplessly as he placed the ball past the advancing Olsen.

Late chance
It seemed that might be enough but even after the penalty which brought the equaliser, Chivu almost made amends when he dived in to toe a low cross goalwards - but Olsen made a save to ensure a share of the spoils.

Iordanescu unhappy
Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu said: "We played well, especially in the second half, and dominated most of the play. We were robbed." But Norway coach Nils Johan Semb insisted: "We deserved to lead by the the break. They got a bit lucky with their goal although we ran completely out of steam in the second half."

Last updated: 11/06/03 23.37CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Romania

Romania

1
OlsenFrode Olsen
1
LobonţBogdan Lobonţ
2
BergdølmoAndré Bergdølmo
2
ContraCosmin Contra
Yellow Card24
3
JohnsenRonny Johnsen
3
RaţRăzvan Raţ
4
BergHenning Berg
Substitution85
4
IencsiAdrian Iencsi
5
BasmaChrister Basma
5
ChivuCristian Chivu
6
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
Substitution70
6
RădoiMirel Rădoi
Yellow Card76
7
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution81
7
SoavaFlorin Soava
8
BakkeEirik Bakke
8
PancuDaniel Pancu
Substitution85
9
Trond AndersenTrond Andersen
9
I GaneaIoan Ganea
Goal64
Yellow Card66
10
SolskjærOle Gunnar Solskjær
Goal78
10
MutuAdrian Mutu
11
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
11
IlieAdrian Ilie
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen
12
SteleaBogdan Stelea
14
T. A. FloTore André Flo
Substitution70
14
StoicaAlin Stoica
Substitution46
15
LundekvamClaus Lundekvam
Substitution85
17
BratuFlorin Bratu
Substitution85
17
IversenSteffen Iversen
Substitution81
13
BundeaZeno Marius Bundea
13
HansénTorjus Hansén
15
MiuIlie Miu
16
WinsnesFredrik Winsnes
16
CodreaPaul Codrea
18
Haavard FloHaavard Flo
18
AliuţăMarian Aliuţă

Coach

Nils Johan Semb (NOR) Anghel Iordanescu (ROU)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Vladimir Musak (SVK), Ivan Bartos (SVK)

Fourth official

Richard Havrilla (SVK)

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