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Norway graft earns Sarajevo success

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.17CET
Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-2 Norway
Erik Hagen and Bjørn Riise scored to move Norway into a qualifying position and within sight of the finals.

Match statistics

Bosnia and HerzegovinaNorway

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
2
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners4
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
23
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.17CET

Norway graft earns Sarajevo success

Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-2 Norway
Erik Hagen and Bjørn Riise scored to move Norway into a qualifying position and within sight of the finals.

Norway moved into a UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying position with a hard-won victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Route to finals
Erik Hagen and Bjørn Riise scored the goals which took Norway up to second place in Group C, two points above Turkey who lost at home to Greece tonight. Norway can join the holders in next summer's finals if Åge Hareide's side win at home to Turkey on 17 November, or draw and pick up three points in Malta four days later.

Hagen header
Having sat out Saturday's fixtures when Turkey were held in Moldova, Norway knew their chances had been boosted and within five minutes they were ahead in Sarajevo. A free-kick from John Arne Riise found an unmarked Hagen in the area, and the defender headed in from eleven metres. Bosnia-Herzegovina, whose qualifying bid had been ended by Saturday's 3-2 defeat in Greece, nearly had a swift equaliser but Zvjezdan Misimović's free-kick was just over the bar.

Blatnjak close
Both teams were having trouble with the slippery surface but Dragan Blatnjak came close on 23 minutes when he shot narrowly wide. Norway too had their moments in attack and Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross eluded the onrushing Thorstein Helstad, while John Arne Riise fired over from distance.

Sucker punch
Bosnia-Herzegovina began the second half brightly and Misimović, Samir Merzić and Edin Džeko all troubled the Norway back line. However, against the run of play, the Scandinavians doubled the lead 16 minutes from time when Gamst Pedersen supplied the perfect cross for Bjorn Riise to nod past goalkeeper Adnan Gušo. Sejad Salihović and Džeko both shot wide as the hosts pressed to the end, but Norway had a victory which leaves them dreaming of a celebration in Oslo in one month's time.

Last updated: 30/01/12 4.53CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Norway

Norway

1
GušoAdnan Gušo (GK)
23
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
2
BerberovićDžamal Berberović
34
StorbækJarl André Storbæk
3
MerzićSamir Merzić
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland
5
BajićBranimir Bajić
3
HagenErik Hagen
Goal5
Yellow Card67
6
KrunićBranislav Krunić
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
7
BlatnjakDragan Blatnjak
Substitution46
21
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
Goal74
Substitution90+2
9
MuslimovićZlatan Muslimović
Substitution46
8
AndresenMartin Andresen (C)
10
MisimovićZvjezdan Misimović (C)
Yellow Card43
19
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
Substitution58
11
MaletićDarko Maletić
Substitution78
28
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
13
NadarevićSafet Nadarević
32
HelstadThorstein Helstad
Substitution76
17
SalihovićSejad Salihović
Yellow Card37
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen

Substitutes

22
TrivunovićVule Trivunović
1
MyhreThomas Myhre (GK)
8
MuharemovićVeldin Muharemović
Substitution78
18
BjørkøyJohn Anders Bjørkøy
Substitution90+2
14
IbiševićVedad Ibišević
Substitution46
43
RisethVidar Riseth
16
RadeljicIvan Radeljic
13
KippeFrode Kippe
23
DžekoEdin Džeko
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+3
16
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen
24
VladavićAdmir Vladavić
44
RushfeldtSigurd Rushfeldt
Substitution58
Yellow Card73
27
SmajićSulejman Smajić
26
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Substitution76

Coach

Fuad Muzurovic (BIH) Åge Hareide (NOR)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Vincent Texier (FRA), Stéphane Duhamel (FRA)

Fourth official

Olivier Thual (FRA)

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