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Norway hold on for win in Cyprus

Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.00CET
Cyprus 1-2 Norway
First-half goals from John Arne Riise and John Carew made it three wins out of three for Norway in Group H.
by John Leonidou
from Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium
Norway hold on for win in Cyprus
John Arne Riise celebrates after giving Norway a second-minute lead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusNorway

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts9
 
12
Attempts on target4
 
5
Attempts off target4
 
5
Attempts blocked0
 
0
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides6
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
22
Fouls suffered21
 
15

Standings

Last updated: 13/02/2013 10:53 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Friday 8 October 2010, 23.00CET

Norway hold on for win in Cyprus

Cyprus 1-2 Norway
First-half goals from John Arne Riise and John Carew made it three wins out of three for Norway in Group H.

Two first-half goals ensured Norway kept up their winning start to UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying despite a late fightback by Cyprus.

Both teams made good starts in Group H last month, Norway beating Iceland and Portugal, while Cyprus held the latter 4-4. The Norwegians kept that going before the break in Larnaca, John Arne Riise and John Carew delighting the 2,000 travelling fans with goals, but Yiannis Okkas, on his 100th appearance, pulled one back with 32 minutes to go to ensure a nervy finish.

It took only two minutes for Norway to go in front with a swift counterattack, Erik Huseklepp releasing Riise to beat Antonis Georgallides with a cool left-footed finish. Norway had another chance on the quarter-hour but Huseklepp saw his effort cleared off the line by Georgos Merkis before Morten Gamst Pedersen's follow-up shot was well blocked by Georgallides.

Only in the 39th minute did Cyprus fashion a chance, Michalis Konstantinou heading Efstathios Aloneftis's clever cross high and wide. Instead, three minutes later, Norway doubled their advantage after another flowing move. Pedersen found Carew in the box and the striker skipped past Elias Charalambous before shooting into the bottom corner.

Cyprus emerged for the second half in positive fashion as Andreas Avraam had a powerful shot brilliantly tipped wide by Jon Knudsen. Just before the hour Constantinos Makridis chased a long ball to set up Okkas who marked his century of caps with his 24th goal. On 68 minutes the busy Aloneftis shot straight at Knudsen from close range and the ball rebounded off the bar. Aloneftis hit the crossbar again with an ambitious lob from just over the halfway line but Cyprus must now hope for better in Denmark on Tuesday. Norway's next game is at home to the Danes on 26 March and, with this third win, they go into the winter break in a strong position.

Last updated: 08/10/10 23.25CET

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Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Norway

Norway

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
1
KnudsenJon Knudsen (GK)
3
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
Substitution86
2
HøgliTom Høgli
4
MerkisGiorgos Merkis
Substitution81
3
WaehlerKjetil Waehler
7
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
5
HangelandBrede Hangeland (C)
9
OkkasIoannis Okkas (C)
Goal58
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
Goal2
Yellow Card13
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution46
7
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
Substitution74
11
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
8
HaugerHenning Hauger
12
MakridisConstantinos Makridis
10
CarewJohn Carew
Goal42
Yellow Card71
Substitution83
18
DobrašinovićSiniša Dobrašinović
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
20
AvraamAndreas Avraam
16
GrindheimChristian Grindheim
21
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Yellow Card6
18
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution80

Substitutes

16
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
12
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
2
ChristouParaskevas Christou
4
DemidovVadim Demidov
6
ChristofiDimitris Christofi
Substitution81
9
AbdellaoueMohammed Abdellaoue
Substitution83
8
IliaMarios Ilia
13
RuudEspen Ruud
Substitution80
15
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
14
IversenSteffen Iversen
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
Substitution46
Yellow Card76
19
JenssenRuben Yttergård Jenssen
23
EfremGeorge Efrem
Substitution86
20
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen
Substitution74

Coach

Angelos Anastasiadis (GRE) Egil Olsen (NOR)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Danny Huens (BEL)

Fourth official

Christophe Delacour (BEL)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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