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Norway go down fighting

Published: Wednesday 19 November 2003, 0.08CET
Norway 3-0 Serbia and Montenegro (agg: 4-5) It is so near yet so far for Norway in Drammen.
Published: Wednesday 19 November 2003, 0.08CET

Norway go down fighting

Norway 3-0 Serbia and Montenegro (agg: 4-5) It is so near yet so far for Norway in Drammen.

By Ulf-Inge Bjaaland in Drammen

It was a case of so near yet so far for Norway after they missed out by a single goal on completing a remarkable comeback against Serbia and Montenegro in Drammen.

Not enough
Norway's 3-0 victory was not enough to overturn the 5-1 deficit from the first leg and meant it was Vladimir Petrovic's Serbo-Montenegrin side who progressed to next May's UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

Three forwards
The home team, showing four changes from Friday's first leg, dominated the match. Rosenborg BK striker Azar Karadaqz - one of three forwards in an adventurous 4-3-3 formation - gave Norway the lead with a ninth-minute penalty after Morten Gamst Pedersen was brought down in the box.

Control possession
Trond Fredrik Ludvigsen and Gamst Pedersen missed chances to increase the lead before the half-hour as Norway controlled possession, and their superiority got its reward a minute before the break when Gamst Pedersen headed in a cross from Bertelsen.

Muri heads third
Serbia and Montenegro had looked sharp on the counterattack at times in the first half. By the 48th minute, however, they were in serious trouble as Andre Muri headed Norway's third goal from a corner. Gamst Pedersen's appeals for a penalty after going down under a challenge from goalkeeper Dejan Bogunovic went unheard on 66 minutes but Norway kept on pushing.

Mighty relieved
Karadaz was winning everything in the air and by the closing stages there were nine Serbo-Montenegrin players back defending their own box. Trond Ludvigsen went closest with seven minutes remaining, breaking through and clipping the ball beyond Bogunovic but also past the post. However, the fourth goal would not come. Instead Serbia and Montengero were celebrating at the time, doubtless mighty relieved to have emerged 5-4 aggregate winners.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.52CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro

1
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
1
BogunovicDejan Bogunovic (GK)
2
K. PaulsenKristoffer Paulsen
Substitution89
2
CilinšekSaša Cilinšek
3
MuriAndré Muri
Goal47
3
MijailovićNikola Mijailović
Yellow Card73
4
OnstadKristian Onstad
4
DjordjevićSlavoljub Djordjević
Yellow Card45
5
BertelsenTronderik Bertelsen
5
JokićDjordje Jokić
6
LudvigsenTrond Fredrik Ludvigsen
6
PekovićMitar Peković
7
GashiArdian Gashi
7
LazovićDanko Lazović (C)
8
YstaasKristian Ystaas
8
StančićDragan Stančić
Substitution90
9
SamuelsenJone Samuelsen
Substitution76
9
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
10
KaradasAzar Karadas (C)
Goal8
Yellow Card44
10
MarićMiloš Marić
Substitution46
11
PedersenMorten Gamst Pedersen
Goal43
11
NovakovićMitar Novaković
Substitution85

Substitutes

12
KristiansenPer Morten Kristiansen (GK)
12
MilojevićNikola Milojević (GK)
16
HanssenAndré Hanssen
Substitution76
13
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution90
17
HoffEspen Hoff
Substitution89
15
D. MilovanovićDejan Milovanović
Substitution46
13
AndersenPål Steffen Andersen
17
RadonjićSrdjan Radonjić
Substitution85
14
TronsethAre Tronseth
14
MatićIgor Matić
15
BrenneSimen Brenne
16
NeziriBojan Neziri
18
SkjønsbergMorten Skjønsberg
18
DjalovićRadomir Djalović

Coach

Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR) Vladimir Petrović (SRB)

Referee

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

Assistant referees

Stuart Macaulay (SCO), Martin Cryans (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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