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Pedersen keeps Norway in Group 8 reckoning

Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 21.13CET
Norway 1-0 Azerbaijan
Marcus Pedersen scored the only goal as Norway edged past Azerbaijan to stay in touch with England at the top of qualifying Group 8.
by Håkon Monssen
Pedersen keeps Norway in Group 8 reckoning
Joakim Våge Nielsen (left) helped Norway to victory against Azerbaijan ©Patrik Levický
Published: Friday 1 June 2012, 21.13CET

Pedersen keeps Norway in Group 8 reckoning

Norway 1-0 Azerbaijan
Marcus Pedersen scored the only goal as Norway edged past Azerbaijan to stay in touch with England at the top of qualifying Group 8.

Norway squandered a host of chances in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 8 encounter with Azerbaijan, but Marcus Pedersen's goal was enough to keep them in touch with section leaders England.

With few openings for either side in the first half-hour, it was Pedersen who provided the first moment of excitement, the Vitesse forward planting a perfect header past Salahat Aghayev after Vegar Hedenstad's excellent run and cross from the left. Minutes later Harmet Singh tested Aghayev, who showed excellent reactions to keep the lead to one.

The hosts continued to dominate after the break but Pedersen, substitute Jo Inge Berget and Anders Konradssen all spurned clear openings. Berget had a free-kick blocked on the line and captain Stefan Strandberg blasted the rebound over the bar, but it mattered little as Norway completed the double over Azerbaijan to move five points behind England with a game in hand.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.18CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
ØstbøArild Østbø (GK)
1
AghayevSalahat Aghayev (GK)
Yellow Card90
2
HedenstadVegar Hedenstad
Yellow Card90+3
2
QarayevQara Qarayev
3
BjørnbakMartin Bjørnbak
3
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg (C)
6
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov (C)
5
Våge NielsenJoakim Våge Nielsen
7
A. AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
6
EikremMagnus Eikrem
9
HasanovOrkhan Hasanov
Substitution71
7
SinghHarmeet Singh
Substitution89
10
E. GuliyevEshgin Guliyev
Yellow Card59
Substitution72
9
KingJoshua King
Substitution82
13
GokdemirAli Gokdemir
Yellow Card71
10
PedersenMarcus Pedersen
Goal29
Yellow Card84
14
GuseynovBadavi Guseynov
11
DrageThomas Drage
Substitution46
17
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
15
KonradssenAnders Konradssen
19
AbasiyevAbdulla Abasiyev
Substitution77

Substitutes

12
HaskjoldOrjan Haskjold (GK)
12
UmarovOsman Umarov (GK)
8
BergetJo Inge Berget
Substitution46
4
YunuszadeElvin Yunuszade
13
LinnesMartin Linnes
5
MammadovNovruz Mammadov
14
ØdegårdMagnar Ødegård
11
GurbanovRuslan Gurbanov
Substitution77
16
de LanlayYann-Erik de Lanlay
Substitution82
15
GuluzadeAmit Guluzade
Substitution72
Yellow Card75
18
UlvestadFredrik Ulvestad
Substitution89
21
HajiyevRahman Hajiyev
Substitution71
20
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
23
IsgandarovTural Isgandarov

Coach

Per Joar Hansen (NOR) Bernhard Lippert (GER)

Referee

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)

Assistant referees

Dusko Miloseski (MKD), Igor Sirilov (MKD)

Fourth official

Goran Spirkoski (MKD)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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