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Norway march to Malta victory

Published: Saturday 2 June 2007, 22.50CET
Norway 4-0 Malta The home team got their qualification hopes back on track in Oslo after three Group C games with a win.
Norway march to Malta victory
Kristofer Hæstad celebrates putting Norway in front ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NorwayMalta

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target12
 
4
Corners14
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
10
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Saturday 2 June 2007, 22.50CET

Norway march to Malta victory

Norway 4-0 Malta The home team got their qualification hopes back on track in Oslo after three Group C games with a win.

Norway kept alive their hopes of qualifying from UEFA EURO™ Group C as three goals in the final 17 minutes sealed a comfortable win against Malta in Oslo.

Hæstad breakthrough
Having picked up a solitary point from their last three games the hosts needed a victory at the Ullevål Stadium and they duly seized the initiative through Kristofer Hæstad's opening goal a minute past the half-hour. Thorstein Helstad, Steffen Iversen and John Arne Riise added further strikes in the final 20 minutes, ensuring Norway stay five points behind new section leaders Greece and close the gap on second-placed Turkey to three points.

Riise shot
Norway were quickly into their stride and John Arne Riise was not far off target with an early shot. At the other end Michael Mifsud forced a save from Håkon Opdal but it was the home team who were in the ascendancy, although Gilbert Agius forced Opdal to save. Moments later, however, John Carew headed Riise's cross wide and it seemed only a matter of time until Norway would score. The breakthrough duly came in the 31st minute when Bjorn Helge Riise crossed for Hæstad to head past Mario Muscat.

One-way traffic
Having gone in front Åge Hareide's side began playing with more freedom and Martin Andresen and the effervescent John Arne Riise both went close before the interval. The one-way traffic continued in the second half, Carew hitting the post while Iversen and Brede Hangeland both missed Muscat's goal by a fraction. The goals that Norway's domination had merited finally arrived in the game's concluding quarter, Helstad prodding in Bjørn Riise's cross right-footed on 73 minutes before Iversen benefited from another assist by the Lillestrøm SK midfielder to add a third eleven minutes from time.

Ideal lift
John Arne Riise rounded off the victory in stoppage time as Norway gave themselves the ideal lift ahead of their home match against Hungary on Wednesday. Meanwhile Malta, who stay second bottom with four points, turn their attentions to a trip to third-placed Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Last updated: 02/06/07 23.34CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Malta

Malta

23
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
1
M. MuscatMario Muscat (GK)
3
HagenErik Hagen
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Goal90+1
4
SaidBrian Said
21
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
6
WellmenStephen Wellmen
8
AndresenMartin Andresen (C)
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
22
HæstadKristofer Hæstad
Goal31
Substitution82
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius (C)
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
Goal79
10
SammutKevin Sammut
Substitution46
10
CarewJohn Carew
Substitution72
11
MalliaGeorge Mallia
Yellow Card48
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Substitution62
18
PaceJamie Pace
34
StorbækJarl André Storbæk
9
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud
Substitution83
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution69

Substitutes

33
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
19
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
2
J. MifsudJosef Mifsud
25
WaehlerKjetil Waehler
5
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
Substitution69
26
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Substitution82
8
PullicinoPeter Pullicino
30
BrenneSimen Brenne
Substitution62
14
WoodsIvan Woods
Substitution46
32
HelstadThorstein Helstad
Substitution72
Goal73
15
R. BajadaRoderick Bajada
38
RuudEspen Ruud
16
BarbaraEtienne Barbara
Substitution83

Coach

Åge Hareide (NOR) Dušan Fitzel (CZE)

Referee

Jacek Granat (POL)

Assistant referees

Radosław Siejka (POL), Maciej Szymanik (POL)

Fourth official

Marcin Borski (POL)

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