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Norway progress after eight-goal thriller

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 21.42CET
Norway 5-3 France (agg: 5-4)
Per Joar Hansen's charges survived a late French fightback to seal the Scandinavian country's first finals appearance since 1998.
by Johan Sjøberg
Norway progress after eight-goal thriller
Anders Konradssen celebrates scoring Norway's fourth ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

NorwayFrance

Goals scored5
 
3
Attempts on target8
 
10
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners4
 
4
Fouls committed2
 
8
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 21.42CET

Norway progress after eight-goal thriller

Norway 5-3 France (agg: 5-4)
Per Joar Hansen's charges survived a late French fightback to seal the Scandinavian country's first finals appearance since 1998.

Norway qualified for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 1998 after overturning a first-leg deficit in an eight-goal thriller in Drammen.

With France holding a one-goal advantage, the hosts streaked into a 5-1 lead by the 66th minute of the second leg before two late goals from Alexandre Lacazette, who was subsequently dismissed, and Antoine Griezmann almost helped Eric Mombaerts' side steal the tie.

The French may have finished strongly, but they were rabbits in the headlights in the opening quarter. After Jo Inge Berget was brought down in the box, Harmet Singh fired in the opener from the spot, before Håvard Nielsen converted Berget's pass to double the lead. Thomas Rogne's free-kick made it three on 27 minutes, though Joshua Guilavogui stemmed the tide briefly with a neat finish moments later.

After the break Lacazette and Chris Mavinga almost put France level on aggregate, and ahead on away goals, only to be denied by Orjan Nyland Haskjold in the home goal, and when Anders Konradssen and Berget added to the scoreline it appeared Norway's progress was confirmed.

However, Lacazette pounced after Rémy Cabella's shot came back off Haskjold, and, despite France being reduced to ten men, Griezmann drilled in from inside the area to set up a tense finish. One more goal would have put the visitors through, and Per Joar Hansen's men out, but Norway held on to seal their second ever finals appearance.

Last updated: 09/05/13 11.38CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

France

France

1
HaskjoldOrjan Haskjold (GK)
1
AhamadaAli Ahamada (GK)
2
HedenstadVegar Hedenstad
2
CorchiaSébastien Corchia (C)
3
RogneThomas Rogne
Goal27
3
MavingaChris Mavinga
Yellow Card12
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg (C)
4
VaraneRaphaël Varane
5
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
5
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
6
KonradssenAnders Konradssen
Goal57
Substitution90+2
6
M'VilaYann M'Vila
7
SinghHarmeet Singh
Goal13
Substitution90
7
CabellaRémy Cabella
8
BergetJo Inge Berget
Goal66
8
GuilavoguiJoshua Guilavogui
Goal28
Substitution64
10
PedersenMarcus Pedersen
9
LacazetteAlexandre Lacazette
Goal84
Red Card86
11
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
Goal19
10
PajotVincent Pajot
Substitution59
15
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
11
KnockaertAnthony Knockaert
Yellow Card23
Substitution58

Substitutes

12
KristiansenAnders Kristiansen (GK)
16
DelleJoris Delle (GK)
9
JohansenStefan Johansen
Substitution90
12
BrahimiYacine Brahimi
14
Semb BergeFredrik Semb Berge
Substitution90+2
13
HaïdaraMassadio Haïdara
16
de LanlayYann-Erik de Lanlay
14
SaivetHenri Saivet
Substitution59
17
HussainEtzaz Hussain
15
StambouliBenjamin Stambouli
18
SkjelvikJørgen Skjelvik
17
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Substitution64
Goal87
19
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
18
NiangM'Baye Niang
Substitution58

Coach

Per Joar Hansen (NOR) Erick Mombaerts (FRA)

Referee

Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Assistant referees

Massimiliano Grilli (ITA), Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Fourth official

Daniele Doveri (ITA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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