Norway through as Russia face play-off

Published: Thursday 2 October 2008, 1.46CET
Russia 0-0 Norway
Norway have qualified without conceding a goal after Russia were unable to get the comfortable win they needed to avoid the play-offs.
Norway through as Russia face play-off
Bjarne Berntsen has led Norway to another European finals ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 2 October 2008, 1.46CET

Norway through as Russia face play-off

Russia 0-0 Norway
Norway have qualified without conceding a goal after Russia were unable to get the comfortable win they needed to avoid the play-offs.
Norway have secured their place at UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ after securing a goalless draw in Russia.

Norway through
Having lost 3-0 in Norway in their earlier Group 6 fixture, Russia needed to win by four goals to pip their rivals to automatic qualification and avoid the play-offs. Russia dominated the match, especially after the break, but never looked like getting the victory they needed against the 2005 runners-up and go into Monday's play-off draw, with the games on 25/26 and 29/30 October.

Berntsen satisfied
"It was good to ensure our ticket to the finals," said Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen, whose team had not dropped a point before today. "Again, we played a good defensive game. We have gone through the whole of qualification without conceding a goal. That is good."

Russia in play-offs
His team can now look forward to the finals draw on 18 November and will compete in Finland from 23 August-10 September next year. Russia, by contrast, can only join them by avoiding their fate at the hand of Finland in the 2005 play-offs, and coach Igor Shalimov said: "Unfortunately we didn't manage to automatically qualify for the finals, so now our goal is to concentrate on the play-offs."

Last updated: 02/10/08 21.26CET

Related information

Lineup

Russia

Russia

Norway

Norway

9Elena Fomina19Marit Fiane Christensen
3Anna Kozhnikova3Gunhild Følstad
10Olesya Kurochkina
Substitution81'
8Solveig Gulbrandsen
17Natalia Mokshanova
Substitution77'
2Ane Stangeland (C)
23Elena Morozova
Substitution46'
6Marie Knutsen
Substitution86'
8Valentina Savchenkova
Yellow Card60'
11Leni Larsen Kaurin
Substitution62'
16Olga Sergaeva7Trine Bjerke Rønning
7Oksana Shmachkova21Lene Storløkken
5Tatiana Skotnikova (C)
Yellow Card37'
15Marita Skammelsrud Lund
Yellow Card65'
1Elvira Todua (GK)1Erika Skarbø (GK)
19Ksenia Tsybutovich10Melissa Wiik
Substitution62'

Substitutes

20Natalia Barbashina
Substitution81'
5Anneli Giske
Substitution86'
11Olga Letyushova12Ingrid Hjelmseth (GK)
6Natalia Pertseva14Guro Knutsen
Substitution62'
15Olga Petrova
Substitution46'
16Elise Hove Thorsnes
Substitution62'
14Nadezhda Kharchenko17Maren Mjelde
30Olga Poryadina
Substitution77'
13Siri Nordeide Grønli
22Galina Vazhnova (GK)4Marthe Braavold Johansen

Coach

Igor Shalimov (RUS) Bjarne Berntsen (NOR)

Referee

Gyöngyi Krisztina Gaál (HUN)

Assistant referees

Judit Kulcsár (HUN), Brigitta Zsuzsanna Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Fourth official

Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)

Legend:

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

See also

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA Women's Champions League logo and trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.