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Impressive Norway win eliminates England

Published: Saturday 8 June 2013, 20.02CET
England 1-3 Norway
Goals from Fredrik Semb Berge, Jo Inge Berget and Magnus Eikrem secured Norway's first Group A win and eliminated England.
by Josh Hershman
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Published: Saturday 8 June 2013, 20.02CET

Impressive Norway win eliminates England

England 1-3 Norway
Goals from Fredrik Semb Berge, Jo Inge Berget and Magnus Eikrem secured Norway's first Group A win and eliminated England.

Norway produced a stellar display to secure their first UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group A triumph and eliminate England.

Buoyed by their last-gasp equaliser against Israel, Norway opening the scoring on 15 minutes thanks to Fredrik Semb Berge's first U21 goal. Jo Inge Berge and Magnus Eikrem extended the advantage either side of the break before Craig Dawson's penalty gave England a glimmer of hope shortly before the hour. Tor Ole Skullerud's men were rarely troubled thereafter and held on to boost their semi-final hopes and send England home.

England dominated much of the early possession but it was Norway's Omar Elabdellaoui who had the first chance of the game, bursting into the area only to blaze over. Stuart Pearce's charges responded with a chance of their own when Danny Rose headed Jordan Henderson's free-kick over the bar on 13 minutes. Set pieces proved to be the best avenue of attack for both sides and, after England failed to clear a second successive Norway corner, the deadlock was broken. Eikrem lofted the ball back into the area and Semb Berge pounced on it to shoot low into the bottom right corner.

Skullerud's side looked confident with the ball, defensively sound without it and almost doubled their lead through Marcus Pedersen, but the scorer of Norway's first equaliser against Israel, could only poke wide from a narrow angle after a neat one-two with Håvard Nielsen. Norway remained undeterred, though, and grabbed a superb second 11 minutes before the break. Nielsen pulled the strings again, lifting a pass over Steven Caulker and into the path of Berget who unleashed a powerful volley into the top right-hand corner.

The introduction of Connor Wickham at the break lifted England and they came close to hitting back straight away. Thomas Ince's strike was deflected narrowly wide and from the resulting corner Jordan Henderson's left-footed strike stung the palms of Orjan Nyland Haskjold. Norway still posed a threat and they extended their lead on 52 minutes when Pederson surged past Craig Dawson and cut it back for Eikrem to rifle in off the underside of the bar.

Seemingly down and out, England were handed a lifeline just five minutes later when Semb Berge felled Dawson and the defender converted the resulting penalty himself. A flicked Henderson header that went narrowly wide was the closest England came to a second but Norway held on to edge closer to the semi-finals.

Last updated: 12/06/13 0.01CET

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Lineups

England

England

Norway

Norway

1
ButlandJack Butland (GK)
12
HaskjoldOrjan Haskjold (GK)
3
SmithAdam Smith
3
RogneThomas Rogne
Substitution83
4
CaulkerSteven Caulker
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg (C)
6
DawsonCraig Dawson
Goal57
Substitution85
6
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
8
HendersonJordan Henderson (C)
Yellow Card82
7
SinghHarmeet Singh
10
LoweJason Lowe
Substitution46
8
BergetJo Inge Berget
Goal34
11
RoseDanny Rose
10
PedersenMarcus Pedersen
12
ChalobahNathaniel Chalobah
Yellow Card90+1
11
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
15
ZahaWilfried Zaha
14
Semb BergeFredrik Semb Berge
Goal15
Yellow Card57
Substitution57
16
InceThomas Ince
18
EikremMagnus Eikrem
Goal52
Substitution68
19
RedmondNathan Redmond
Substitution67
20
JohansenStefan Johansen

Substitutes

23
RuddDeclan Rudd (GK)
1
ØstbøArild Østbø (GK)
13
SteeleJason Steele (GK)
23
KongshavnGudmund Kongshavn (GK)
2
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
2
LinnesMartin Linnes
Substitution57
5
WisdomAndre Wisdom
Substitution85
9
BerishaValon Berisha
7
LeesTom Lees
13
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
9
RobinsonJack Robinson
15
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
Substitution83
14
McEachranJosh McEachran
16
de LanlayYann-Erik de Lanlay
17
LansburyHenri Lansbury
17
KonradssenAnders Konradssen
18
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Substitution67
19
KastratiFlamur Kastrati
20
DelfounesoNathan Delfouneso
21
KingJoshua King
21
SordellMarvin Sordell
22
IbrahimAbdissalam Ibrahim
Substitution68
22
WickhamConnor Wickham
Substitution46

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Tor Ole Skullerud (NOR)

Referee

Serhiy Boiko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Haralds Gudermanis (LVA), Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)

Fourth official

Sandro Pozzi (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Ivan Kružliak (SVK), Halis Özkahya (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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