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Våge Nielsen to the rescue for Norway

Published: Tuesday 12 June 2012, 17.05CET
Norway 2-1 Iceland
A late goal from Joakim Våge Nielsen saw the hosts past Iceland in Drammen to keep them in touch at the top of Group 8.
by Johan Sjøberg
Våge Nielsen to the rescue for Norway
Joakim Våge Nielsen (left) scored the winner for Norway against Iceland ©Patrik Levický

Match statistics

NorwayIceland

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target2
 
1
Corners11
 
8
Fouls committed3
 
5
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Published: Tuesday 12 June 2012, 17.05CET

Våge Nielsen to the rescue for Norway

Norway 2-1 Iceland
A late goal from Joakim Våge Nielsen saw the hosts past Iceland in Drammen to keep them in touch at the top of Group 8.

Joakim Våge Nielsen rescued Norway four minutes from time against Iceland, earning a valuable three points to keep them in touch with Group 8 leaders England.

The victory leaves Norway two points behind the pool pacesetters with two games remaining, and it seemed as if they would have it all their own way against bottom of the group Iceland when Magnus Eikrem put the hosts ahead after 15 minutes in Drammen. The midfielder capitalised after a strong run from right-back Vegar Hedenstad before firing in from 20 metres.

The lead lasted just 11 minutes, however, as Rúnar Már Sigurjónsson converted Jóhann Laxdal's cross with an excellent header. It seemed as though Norway would have to settle for a draw but on 86 minutes Joshua King showed his strength to hold the ball up before feeding left-back Våge Nielsen who curled a beautiful winner past Árni Ólafsson. Norway face two tough trips in their final games, to Belgium then England, but win both and they will top the group.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.18CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Iceland

Iceland

1
ØstbøArild Østbø (GK)
1
ÓlafssonÁrni Ólafsson (GK)
2
HedenstadVegar Hedenstad
2
K. JónssonKristinn Jónsson
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg (C)
3
Eyjólfsson Hólmar Eyjólfsson (C)
5
Våge NielsenJoakim Våge Nielsen
Goal86
4
MagnússonHordur Björgvin Magnússon
Yellow Card41
6
EikremMagnus Eikrem
Goal15
5
SigurbjörnssonEidur Sigurbjörnsson
Substitution67
7
SinghHarmeet Singh
6
EinarssonEinar Logi Einarsson
8
BergetJo Inge Berget
Substitution77
7
SigurjónssonRúnar Már Sigurjónsson
Goal26
9
KingJoshua King
8
PálssonGudlaugur Pálsson
11
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
Substitution60
9
SverrissonBjörn Sverrisson
Yellow Card31
Substitution87
14
WangbergSimen Wangberg
10
JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
15
KonradssenAnders Konradssen
Substitution78
11
LaxdalJóhann Laxdal

Substitutes

12
HaskjoldOrjan Haskjold (GK)
12
A. MagnússonÁsgeir Thór Magnússon (GK)
10
BorvenTorgeir Borven
Substitution77
13
H. HaukssonHaukur Heidar Hauksson
13
LinnesMartin Linnes
14
MargeirssonFinnur Margeirsson
16
de LanlayYann-Erik de Lanlay
Substitution78
15
BödvarssonJón Dadi Bödvarsson
Substitution67
18
UlvestadFredrik Ulvestad
16
RagnarssonThorsteinn Már Ragnarsson
Substitution87
20
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
Substitution60
17
AdolphssonAndri Adolphsson
21
BjørnbakMartin Bjørnbak
18
TraustasonArnor Ingvi Traustason

Coach

Per Joar Hansen (NOR) Eyjólfur Sverrisson (ISL)

Referee

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)

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