Norway ease to opening victory

Published: Sunday 17 June 2007, 3.40CET
Israel 0-3 Norway
Solveig Gulbrandsen scored twice and Melissa Wiik was on target as Norway made a winning start to Group 6.
Norway ease to opening victory
Marie Knutsen helped Norway to victory ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 17 June 2007, 3.40CET

Norway ease to opening victory

Israel 0-3 Norway
Solveig Gulbrandsen scored twice and Melissa Wiik was on target as Norway made a winning start to Group 6.

Norway made a winning start to qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Women's Championship, winning 3-0 in Israel to boost confidence for their opening home encounter against Austria on Thursday.

Dogged defending
Israel defended with determination early on, only to be undone by two goals from Solveig Gulbrandsen and one by Melissa Wiik. "We struggled to find any rhythm in the first half, and the players were caught out by the Israel offside trap too often," said Bjarne Berntsen. "Things got better in the second half, when we created more on the flanks. Israel were beaten 6-0 at home by Russia recently so only a win was good enough for us." Russia lead Group 6 with maximum points from two outings.

Last updated: 24/11/08 16.11CET

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Lineup

Israel

Israel

Norway

Norway

14Maya Barqui3Gunhild Følstad
Substitution46'
22Vered Cohen
Substitution82'
8Solveig Gulbrandsen
Goal50'
Goal73'
20Or Erez2Ane Stangeland (C)
19Sivan Fhima
Substitution72'
20Lise Klaveness
8Rachel Shelina18Marie Knutsen
10Anat Maimoni14Leni Larsen Kaurin
Substitution46'
4Michal Ravitz9Melissa Wiik
Goal78'
Substitution79'
18Hanit Schwarz (GK)1Bente Nordby (GK)
16Karin Sendel5Siri Nordby
7Sarit Shenar (C)7Trine Bjerke Rønning
15Adi Stein
Substitution63'
21Lene Storløkken

Substitutes

1Mor Alkuken (GK)19Marit Fiane Christensen
5Naomi Belhassen13Madeleine Giske
Substitution79'
17Daniel Sofer6Camilla Huse
Substitution46'
3Tal Sofer
Substitution63'
11Maritha Kaufmann
2Nicol Hajual
Substitution82'
10Kristin Lie
21Nitzan Danon
Substitution72'
15Lene Mykjaland
Substitution46'
12Mor Efraim12Christine Nilsen (GK)

Coach

Alon Shraiar (ISR) Bjarne Berntsen (NOR)

Referee

Yelena Savchenko (KAZ)

Assistant referees

Natalya Smolyakova (KAZ), Rachel Cohen (ISR)

Fourth official

Liran Liany (ISR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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