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Flo to the rescue for Norway

Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.13CET
Norway 1-0 Luxembourg Tore André Flo's first-half goal edges Norway into the play-offs.

Match statistics

NorwayLuxembourg

Goals scored1
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 12 October 2003, 0.13CET

Flo to the rescue for Norway

Norway 1-0 Luxembourg Tore André Flo's first-half goal edges Norway into the play-offs.

Tore André Flo secured a place in the UEFA EURO 2004™ play-offs for Norway after a narrow 1-0 victory over Luxembourg in Oslo.

Second place secured
The Norwegians finished second in Group 2 behind Denmark, who drew 1-1 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and therefore edged out the Bosnians on head-to-head results. Luxembourg, meanwhile, finished bottom of the group without a point, or a goal, to show for their eight games.

Fast opening
Norway started at a fast pace with a long ball into the Luxembourg box in the first minute falling kindly to Roar Strand. Although he mis-hit his shot the ball ended at the feet of striker Harald Brattbakk whose effort flashed just centimetres wide of goal.

Flo goal
Norway's second opening of the match, after 18 minutes, resulted in Flo's goal. A smart pass from Brattbakk found Flo and he made no mistake from six metres out, hammering his effort into the roof of the Luxembourg net. Flo almost doubled Norway's lead seven minutes later when he controlled the ball on the edge of the area before firing in a rising shot that shaved the crossbar.

Half-time lead
Ten minutes into the second period Flo forced a decent save out of Luxembourg goalkeeper Alija Besic with a header from a Henning Berg cross. Norway were getting precious little inspiration elsewhere, though, and they almost suffered a sucker punch in the 76th minute when Luxembourg came close to equalising, only for their final touch to desert them.

News from Sarajevo
A second Norwegian goal never did come but with the news filtering in from Sarajevo that Denmark had held Bosnia-Herzegovina to a draw, the Norwegians were able to celebrate nonetheless. "We did not play very well today," admitted coach Semb after the match. "We should have scored more goals but we had in our minds to secure our 1-0-lead when we knew the score in Bosnia."

Last updated: 14/10/03 13.26CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

1
Espen JohnsenEspen Johnsen (GK)
1
BešićAlija Bešić (GK)
2
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
2
PetersRené Peters
Yellow Card72
3
LundekvamClaus Lundekvam
3
FederspielBen Federspiel
4
BergHenning Berg (C)
4
HoffmannEric Hoffmann
5
BasmaChrister Basma
5
StrasserJeff Strasser (C)
6
StrandRoar Strand
6
RemySébastien Remy
7
WinsnesFredrik Winsnes
Substitution81
7
SchaulsManou Schauls
8
AndresenMartin Andresen
8
MannonPaul Mannon
Substitution71
9
T. A. FloTore André Flo
Goal19
Substitution85
9
F. LeweckFons Leweck
Yellow Card28
10
Haavard FloHaavard Flo
Substitution69
10
BraunGordon Braun
11
BrattbakkHarald Brattbakk
11
HussDaniel Huss

Substitutes

12
OlsenFrode Olsen (GK)
12
GilletStéphane Gillet (GK)
14
Trond AndersenTrond Andersen
Substitution81
14
Di DomenicoSven Di Domenico
Substitution71
16
Frode JohnsenFrode Johnsen
Substitution69
13
EngeldingerGilles Engeldinger
18
RushfeldtSigurd Rushfeldt
Substitution85
15
RohmannSacha Rohmann
13
HangelandBrede Hangeland
16
HellenbrandXavier Hellenbrand
15
StensaasStåle Stensaas
17
L. ThimmeschLuc Thimmesch
17
HelstadThorstein Helstad
18
C. LeweckCharles Leweck

Coach

Nils Johan Semb (NOR)

Referee

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Assistant referees

Robert Kispal (HUN), Peter Hegyi (HUN)

Fourth official

Zoltan Szarka (HUN)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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