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Norway in command

Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.34CET
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-3 Norway Norway secure a top-two place in Group 2 with an away victory.
Published: Friday 5 September 2003, 22.34CET

Norway in command

Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-3 Norway Norway secure a top-two place in Group 2 with an away victory.

Norway secured a top-two spot in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 2 after a 3-1 win in Bosnia-Herzegovnia.

Norway start strongly
Victory was crucial for either side's hopes of reaching the play-offs, and the visitors started strongly forcing three corners in the first ten minutes. A quarter-hour later, Kristian Ystaas forced Bosnian goalkeeper Muhamed Alaim to save, and Norway were clearly on top.

First-half goals
They took the lead in the 37th minute when Are Tronseth's cross was converted from close range by Morten Pedersen. Within three minutes, that advantage was doubled when Ystaas scored.

Home side respond
The home side's first clear chance came just after the break when Dragan Blatnak's free-kick hit the post. Alaim then denied Trond Ludvigsen in a one-on-one but at the other end Norway goalkeeper Per Kristiansen had to pull off a save from Alen Skoro.

Victory secured
Again it was the end of the half that produced goals. Norway wrapped up the victory three minutes from time when captain Azar Karadas scored a penalty. Bosnia-Herzegovnia had a consolation on the final whistle through Dragan Blatnjak.

'My players have disappointed'
After the game, Bosnian coach Ibrahim Zukanovic said: "My players have disappointed. They did not play as they were supposed to and the visitors took advantage of all our mistakes and fully deserved the victory." His team cannot top the group and must win their final two games to retain any chance of qualification, starting with a trip to Luxembourg on Tuesday.

'We came here to win'
His opposite number, Per Matias Hogmo, said: "We came here to win and we did it. We started well and took advantage of two mistakes to win. My players deserved this victory." Norway are top of the group with one game left but will only stay there if Denmark, who have a match in hand, do not win at home to Romania on Tuesday.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.55CET

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Lineups

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Norway

Norway

1
AlaimMuhamed Alaim (GK)
1
KristiansenPer Morten Kristiansen (GK)
2
BerberovićDžamal Berberović (C)
Yellow Card50
2
HolmThomas Holm
3
MirvićDamir Mirvić
3
MuriAndré Muri
4
CrnogoracGradimir Crnogorac
4
AndersenPål Steffen Andersen
5
TrivunovićVule Trivunović
5
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit
6
JahićSanel Jahić
Substitution81
6
LudvigsenTrond Fredrik Ludvigsen
7
ŠkoroAlen Škoro
Yellow Card26
7
GashiArdian Gashi
Yellow Card6
Substitution28
8
AvdijaArben Avdija
Substitution55
8
TronsethAre Tronseth
9
PelakAlbin Pelak
Yellow Card70
9
YstaasKristian Ystaas
Goal40
Substitution60
10
BlatnjakDragan Blatnjak
Yellow Card90
Goal90
10
KaradasAzar Karadas (C)
Goal87
11
StajićDuško Stajić
Substitution64
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Goal38
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
AvdukićAsmir Avdukić (GK)
12
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
13
JurčevićMladen Jurčević
13
K. PaulsenKristoffer Paulsen
14
KutlacicNenad Kutlacic
14
OnstadKristian Onstad
15
OardaklidaAnes Oardaklida
Substitution55
15
HanssenAndré Hanssen
Substitution28
16
GrozdanicAlan Grozdanic
16
BraatenDaniel Braaten
Substitution85
17
LjutaDenis Ljuta
Substitution81
17
BrenneSimen Brenne
Substitution60
18
TerkešŽelimir Terkeš
Substitution64
18
HoffEspen Hoff

Coach

Ibrahim Zukanovic* (SRB) Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR)

Referee

Paul Mckeon (IRL)

Assistant referees

Martin Moloney (IRL), John Peter Kelly (IRL)

Fourth official

David Mckeon (IRL)

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