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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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