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Wickham confirms play-off place for England

Published: Monday 10 September 2012, 23.56CET
England 1-0 Norway
Needing a draw to reach the play-offs, Stuart Pearce's team took all three points courtesy of Connor Wickham's 43rd-minute strike.
by Nick Aitken
from B2net Stadium
Wickham confirms play-off place for England
Connor Wickham enjoys his first-half goal ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 10 September 2012, 23.56CET

Wickham confirms play-off place for England

England 1-0 Norway
Needing a draw to reach the play-offs, Stuart Pearce's team took all three points courtesy of Connor Wickham's 43rd-minute strike.

Connor Wickham scored the only goal as England defeated qualification rivals Norway to progress to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs as Group 8 winners.

Needing a draw to confirm their presence in Friday's draw for the next stage of the competition, Stuart Pearce's team emerged victorious courtesy of Wickham's 43rd-minute strike.

A first half which featured opportunities for England's Martyn Waghorn, whose shot was tipped over at full stretch by Arild Østbø, and Thomas Ince, either side of a couple of openings for Norway's lively midfielder Harmet Singh, ended with Sunderland AFC striker Wickham capitalising on a defensive mistake to slide the ball into the far corner.

Norway dominated the second period and ought to have been level midway through the half when Jo Inge Berget headed wastefully wide with only goalkeeper Jason Steele to beat. Four minutes later, wonderful interplay on the break between Yann-Erik de Lanlay and Omar Elabdellaoui ended in the latter's low cross finding Håvard Nielsen, whose first-time shot crashed off the underside of the crossbar.

With seconds remaining, Mushaga Bakenga shielded the ball in the penalty box and freed Nielsen, whose curling effort cleared the crossbar.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.17CET

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Lineups

England

England

Norway

Norway

1
SteeleJason Steele (GK)
1
ØstbøArild Østbø (GK)
2
KellyMartin Kelly
Substitution46
2
HedenstadVegar Hedenstad
3
RoseDanny Rose
Yellow Card82
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg (C)
4
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
Yellow Card16
6
KonradssenAnders Konradssen
5
CaulkerSteven Caulker
7
SinghHarmeet Singh
6
BennettRyan Bennett
8
BergetJo Inge Berget
Substitution68
8
HendersonJordan Henderson (C)
9
BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution87
9
WickhamConnor Wickham
Goal43
Substitution77
15
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
10
WaghornMartyn Waghorn
Substitution77
17
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
11
InceThomas Ince
18
UlvestadFredrik Ulvestad
Substitution55
16
MarshallBen Marshall
20
RogneThomas Rogne

Substitutes

13
AmosBen Amos (GK)
12
HaskjoldOrjan Haskjold (GK)
12
SmithAdam Smith
5
SkjelvikJørgen Skjelvik
Substitution87
14
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
Substitution46
11
TollåsJonatan Tollås
15
ZahaWilfried Zaha
Substitution77
13
LinnesMartin Linnes
17
KaneHarry Kane
14
JohansenStefan Johansen
18
SordellMarvin Sordell
16
de LanlayYann-Erik de Lanlay
Substitution55
19
LeesTom Lees
Substitution77
19
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
Substitution68

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Per Joar Hansen (NOR)

Referee

Slavko Vinčić (SVN)

Assistant referees

Robert Vukan (SVN), Gregor Rojko (SVN)

Fourth official

Dragoslav Perič (SVN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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