Norway edge closer to finals

Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 1.45CET
Norway 3-0 Poland
The hosts moved a step closer to qualification by keeping yet another clean sheet.
by Eivind Aarre
from Stavanger
Norway edge closer to finals
Bjarne Berntsen's team have a 100 per cent record ©UEFA

Match statistics

NorwayPoland

Goals scored3
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 1.45CET

Norway edge closer to finals

Norway 3-0 Poland
The hosts moved a step closer to qualification by keeping yet another clean sheet.

Norway moved a step closer to qualification for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ in Finland with a 3-0 victory against Poland.

100 per cent
The result, Norway's fifth win from as many outings in Group 6, maintained Bjarne Berntsen's side's record of not having conceded in the section. Lene Storløkken gave the home side the lead on 19 minutes, heading home a Leni Larsen Kaurin cross from the right. Poland wasted a great chance to level when Agnieszka Winczo shot wide, and they were to regret that miss when Solveig Gulbrandsen lobbed in a second for Norway six minutes before half-time.

Early goal
Norway started the second half in positive mood and scored their third within a minute of the restart. Melissa Wiik made no mistake when clean through, but despite continuing to create chances, Norway were unable to add to their lead. Norway lead nearest challengers Russia by six points and boast a +19 goal difference, and end their qualifiers there on 2 October, but Berntsen is insistent that his side have not secured their place in Finland just yet.

'Not through'
"We are still not through. We have difficult away games against Austria, Poland and Russia to come. Much can be settled before the game against Russia," he said. "We were in full control, and could have scored some more goals."

Last updated: 07/05/08 21.05CET

Related information

Lineup

Norway

Norway

Poland

Poland

19Marit Fiane Christensen2Dominika Maciaszczyk
3Gunhild Følstad8Zustyna Nazarczyk
8Solveig Gulbrandsen
Goal39'
11Alicja Pawlak
2Ane Stangeland (C)7Joanna Płonowska
Yellow Card4'
6Marie Knutsen20Patrycja Pożerska
Substitution79'
11Leni Larsen Kaurin
Substitution85'
4Marta Stobba
10Melissa Wiik
Goal46'
Substitution68'
15Agnieszka Winczo
Substitution63'
5Siri Nordby9Anna Żelazko
21Lene Storløkken
Goal19'
Yellow Card23'
Substitution72'
1Anna Bocian (GK)
1Erika Skarbø (GK)13Agnieszka Karcz
4Ingvild Stensland5Maria Makowska (C)
Substitution53'

Substitutes

15Madeleine Giske12Daria Antończyk (GK)
9Isabell Lehn Herlovsen18Anna Gawrońska
Substitution53'
20Kristin Lie
Substitution72'
16Daria Kasperska
Substitution79'
17Lene Mykjaland
Substitution85'
17Paulina Rytwińska
13Christine Nilsen (GK)14Karolina Wisniewska
16Elise Hove Thorsnes
Substitution68'
10Karolina Bochra
18Runa Vikestad3Natalia Czernielewska
Substitution63'

Coach

Bjarne Berntsen (NOR) Jan Stepczak (POL)

Referee

Christine Beck (GER)

Assistant referees

Miriam Dietz (GER), Tanja Schneider (GER)

Fourth official

Ann-Helen Østervold (NOR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Norway

    Norway

    Next match womensworldcup: v Slovakia, 21 August 2010
  • Poland

    Poland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Ukraine, 25 August 2010
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