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Norway win sets up England showdown

Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 21.45CET
Belgium 1-3 Norway
Harmet Singh, Jo Inge Berget and substitute Mushaga Bakenga all scored to keep Norway in pursuit of England, their final opponents on Monday.
by Berend Scholten
from Freethiel Stadion
Norway win sets up England showdown
Jo Inge Berget scored Norway's second ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 6 September 2012, 21.45CET

Norway win sets up England showdown

Belgium 1-3 Norway
Harmet Singh, Jo Inge Berget and substitute Mushaga Bakenga all scored to keep Norway in pursuit of England, their final opponents on Monday.

Norway maintained their pursuit of Group 8 leaders England with a 3-1 win against ten-man Belgium. Harmet Singh, Jo Inge Berget and substitute Mushaga Bakenga got the goals in a victory that left Norway two points behind an England side whom they will face in their decisive final group match in Chesterfield on Monday.

Per Joar Hansen's team have now won all three away fixtures in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship campaign, giving them reason to believe against an England side who won 2-1 in Norway last October.

They got their noses in front after 12 minutes in Beveren. Having withstood some early Belgium pressure, Singh converted a penalty after Pietro Perdichizzi got his hand in the way of an Anders Konradssen goal attempt. Booked then, Perdichizzi earned a second yellow in the 25th minute, leaving Belgium a man down and they could have easily been further behind on the scoresheet. Valon Berisha mishit from one metre out, Vegar Hedenstad's free-kick struck a post, and Marcus Pedersen was wasteful when well-placed.

The second goal came when Berget struck on the hour, turning the ball in after Konradssen had headed a Hedenstad corner against the crossbar. Yet Belgium's ten men came back into the contest when substitute Igor Vetokele played Mitshy Batshuayi through and he finished low past Arild Østbø. There were 20 minutes remaining but Norway made their man advantage count in the end as Bakenga broke free to chip Thomas Kaminski and seal the win.

Only pride will be at stake when third-placed Belgium host Iceland on Monday; for England and Norway, though, there remains plenty to play for.

Last updated: 06/09/13 10.24CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Norway

Norway

1
KaminskiThomas Kaminski (GK)
1
ØstbøArild Østbø (GK)
2
CisseIbrahima Cisse
Yellow Card57
2
HedenstadVegar Hedenstad
3
BoyataDedryck Boyata (C)
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg (C)
4
PerdichizziPietro Perdichizzi
Yellow Card12
Red Card25
6
KonradssenAnders Konradssen
5
De BockLaurens De Bock
Substitution44
7
SinghHarmeet Singh
Goal12
6
Van der BruggenHannes Van der Bruggen
8
BergetJo Inge Berget
Goal60
Substitution81
7
BrunoMassimo Bruno
Substitution59
9
BerishaValon Berisha
Yellow Card41
8
OzturkAlpaslan Ozturk
Yellow Card24
10
PedersenMarcus Pedersen
Yellow Card35
Substitution88
9
BatshuayiMitshy Batshuayi
Goal70
15
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
10
PraetDennis Praet
Substitution33
17
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
11
MpokuPaul-José Mpoku
Yellow Card40
20
RogneThomas Rogne

Substitutes

12
CasteelsKoen Casteels (GK)
12
HaskjoldOrjan Haskjold (GK)
14
GodeauBruno Godeau
Substitution33
5
SkjelvikJørgen Skjelvik
15
Van TrichtWannes Van Tricht
11
TollåsJonatan Tollås
16
MengaDolly Menga
14
HussainEtzaz Hussain
17
LestienneMaxime Lestienne
Substitution44
16
de LanlayYann-Erik de Lanlay
18
VetokeleIgor Vetokele
Substitution59
18
UlvestadFredrik Ulvestad
Substitution81
19
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
Substitution88
Goal90+2

Coach

Johan Walem (BEL) Per Joar Hansen (NOR)

Referee

Vitali Meshkov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Aleksei Lebedev (RUS), Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)

Fourth official

Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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