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Iversen treble not enough for Norway

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.59CET
Malta 1-4 Norway
Steffen Iversen scored a first-half hat-trick as Norway crushed Malta but fell short of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008™.
Iversen treble not enough for Norway
Steffen Iversen is congratulated after scoring against Malta ©Domenic Aquilina

Match statistics

MaltaNorway

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target4
 
8
Attempts off target3
 
8
Corners5
 
3
Fouls committed12
 
9
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2007, 23.59CET

Iversen treble not enough for Norway

Malta 1-4 Norway
Steffen Iversen scored a first-half hat-trick as Norway crushed Malta but fell short of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008™.

Steffen Iversen scored a first-half hat-trick as Norway crushed Malta – but it was not enough to propel Åge Hareide's side to UEFA EURO 2008™.

Iversen hat-trick
The Norwegians needed to win while hoping Bosnia-Herzegovina could break a losing streak against Turkey. In the event, Hareide's team comfortably kept their part of the bargain but Turkey did enough to finish second in Group C. Iversen broke the deadlock 25 minutes in, grabbed a second from the penalty spot three minutes later, then killed off the tie on the stroke of half-time. Michael Mifsud reduced the deficit after the break, though that was tempered by Andre Schembri's 67th-minute red card and Morten Gamst Pedersen's strike to make it 4-1.

Torrid opening
Iversen set the trend with a narrow miss one minute in and Jarl André Storbæk kept up the pressure with a 35-metre piledriver two minutes later. Attempts from Bjørn Riise and John Arne Riise followed as Norway put Malta through a torrid first ten minutes. And it was no surprise when Iversen headed the opener from Storbæk's right-wing cross. A second arrived soon afterwards when Jamie Pace brought John Carew down in the area, and Iversen netted from the spot.

Short-lived recovery
That sparked something of a resurgence from Malta, for whom Pace nearly amends when his 25-metre drive brought a fingertip save from Håkon Opdal. The fightback was short-lived, though, and truly quelled when Iversen smashed in his hat-trick goal from John Arne Riise's cross a minute before the interval. Mifsud pulled one back eight minutes after the restart with a low strike from the edge of the box. However, Schembri then saw red for a second bookable offence and Pedersen's header from Per Ciljan Skjelbred's centre 15 minutes from time ended the contest.

Last updated: 21/11/07 23.56CET

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Lineups

Malta

Malta

Norway

Norway

1
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
23
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
34
StorbækJarl André Storbæk
6
DimechLuke Dimech
3
HagenErik Hagen
Yellow Card12
5
WellmenStephen Wellmen
Yellow Card40
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
23
NwokoUdochukwu Nwoko
Substitution86
21
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
Substitution75
2
PullicinoPeter Pullicino
43
RisethVidar Riseth
Yellow Card37
10
WoodsIvan Woods
Yellow Card69
Substitution83
39
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred
18
PaceJamie Pace
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
Goal25
Goal27
Goal45
Substitution84
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Yellow Card56
Red Card68
10
CarewJohn Carew (C)
Substitution68
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud (C)
Yellow Card50
Goal53
Substitution87
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Yellow Card52
Goal75

Substitutes

12
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
33
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
14
ScerriTerence Scerri
Substitution87
4
HøilandJon Inge Høiland
15
MifsudJosef Mifsud
28
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
22
HæstadKristofer Hæstad
Substitution75
19
R. BajadaRoderick Bajada
41
TetteyAlexander Tettey
20
CohenAndrew Cohen
Substitution86
44
RushfeldtSigurd Rushfeldt
Substitution84
46
BarbaraEtienne Barbara
Substitution83
32
HelstadThorstein Helstad
Substitution68

Coach

Dušan Fitzel (CZE) Åge Hareide (NOR)

Referee

Iouri Baskakov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)

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