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Norway hold off FYROM to gain first win

Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 19.48CET
Norway 2-1 FYROM
Alexander Groven and Mushaga Bakenga got the goals for the hosts as Tor Ole Skullerud's side picked up their first points in Group 8.
by Håkon Monssen
from Marienlyst Stadion
Norway hold off FYROM to gain first win
Mushaga Bakenga (left) got Norway's second from the spot ©Alvin Holm, Moss FK

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Published: Tuesday 10 September 2013, 19.48CET

Norway hold off FYROM to gain first win

Norway 2-1 FYROM
Alexander Groven and Mushaga Bakenga got the goals for the hosts as Tor Ole Skullerud's side picked up their first points in Group 8.

Norway bounced back from Thursday's heavy defeat to Portugal to get their UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying campaign off the ground with a win against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The 2013 semi-finalists got off to a grim start with a 5-1 loss to Portugal in Barcelos, but first half goals from Alexander Groven and Mushaga Bakenga were enough to see them past the visitors, who played for over an hour with ten men.

The hosts got off to a flying start as left-back Groven met a pull back from Fredrik Ulvestad to drill in a sweet opener. Things got even better for the Norwegians when Aleksandar Damchevski brought down Bakenga in the area – the defender was shown a red card, and the forward picked himself up to slot in the penalty on 24 minutes.

Norway dominated the ten men and substitute Gustav Wikheim struck the woodwork, but Boban Babunski's side sniffed a comeback when Boban Nikolov's free-kick squeezed into the net on 72 minutes. However, FYROM could not find the equaliser as the hosts closed things out with a minimum of fuss.

Last updated: 05/06/15 9.26CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

FYR Macedonia

FYR Macedonia

23
FalchAslak Falch (GK)
1
DimitrievskiStole Dimitrievski (GK)
3
ØdegårdMagnar Ødegård
Yellow Card56
3
AlilovskiEgzijan Alilovski
Yellow Card68
4
ValsvikGustav Valsvik
4
BlaževskiMartin Blaževski
Yellow Card67
7
UlvestadFredrik Ulvestad
5
DragarskiHristijan Dragarski
8
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen (C)
6
DamchevskiAleksandar Damchevski
Red Card24
9
BerishaValon Berisha
Yellow Card68
Substitution72
7
TimovFilip Timov
Substitution57
10
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
Goal24
Substitution87
8
MicevskiDarko Micevski
11
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
Yellow Card75
10
NikolovBoban Nikolov
Goal72
13
HaraldseidKristoffer Haraldseid
11
AskovskiStefan Askovski (C)
Yellow Card24
Substitution81
14
GrovenAlexander Groven
Goal3
13
L. ZhutaLeonard Zhuta
15
De LanlayYann-Erik de Lanlay
Yellow Card40
Substitution60
16
G. ZhutaGentjan Zhuta
Substitution27

Substitutes

1
JohansenEirik Holmen Johansen (GK)
12
EfremovAndreja Efremov (GK)
2
Landu-LanduChristian Landu-Landu
2
NajdovskiLeon Najdovski
5
JonassenEmil Jonassen
9
BabunskiDorian Babunski
Substitution57
6
SvenssonJonas Svensson
Substitution72
14
DavcevskiBobi Davcevski
16
BerntsenDaniel Berntsen
15
NajdoskiDino Najdoski
Substitution27
17
WikheimGustav Wikheim
Substitution60
17
CikarskiMite Cikarski
18
Veton BerishaVeton Berisha
Substitution87
Yellow Card90+2
20
NaumchevskiFilip Naumchevski
Substitution81

Coach

Tor Ole Skullerud (NOR) Boban Babunski (MKD)

Referee

John Beaton (SCO)

Assistant referees

Derek Rose (SCO), Gavin Harris (SCO)

Fourth official

Donald Robertson (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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