Qualifying round (Group E) - 16/10/2012 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time) - Antonis Papadopoulos - Larnaca
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Norway battle to victory in Cyprus

Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.40CET
Cyprus 1-3 Norway
Late strikes from Tarik Elyounoussi and Joshua King helped Egil Olsen's team to a hard-earned Group E victory in Larnaca.
by John Leonidou
Norway battle to victory in Cyprus
Tarik Elyounoussi salutes the crowd after putting Norway ahead from the spot ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

CyprusNorway

Goals scored1
 
3
Total attempts8
 
17
Attempts on target1
 
8
off target5
 
7
against woodwork2
 
1
Corners1
 
3
Offsides0
1
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
18
Fouls suffered17
 
9

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 19:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
SSI Err
Published: Tuesday 16 October 2012, 22.40CET

Norway battle to victory in Cyprus

Cyprus 1-3 Norway
Late strikes from Tarik Elyounoussi and Joshua King helped Egil Olsen's team to a hard-earned Group E victory in Larnaca.

Norway scored two goals in the last ten minutes to walk away with victory against Cyprus after a tightly fought Group E contest in Larnaca.

The hosts had taken a deserved lead through APOEL FC forward Stathis Aloneftis but the Norwegian visitors hit back just before the interval through skipper Brede Hangeland, and late goals from Tarik Elyounoussi and Joshua King earned the Scandinavian side the three points.

Cyprus had controlled the majority of the opening period, missing a good opportunity through George Efrem's header which goalkeeper Rune Jarstein pushed onto the post, before Dimitris Christofi's powerful drive from outside the area flew centimetres wide.

Norway had their moments too – Alexander Toft Söderlund drawing fine saves from Tasos Kissas – before Cyprus broke the deadlock on 42 minutes. Aloneftis was released by Christofi and his attempted cross evaded Jarstein, bounced off the post and fell into net. Norway's response was instant as Kissas only half-cleared a long ball in the box and Hangeland scored from close range.

Chances came and went for both teams after the restart but it was Norway who made their openings count late on. Home captain Elias Charalambous brought down King in the area and Elyounoussi did the rest with nine minutes remaining, sending substitute keeper Antonis Giorgallides the wrong way from the spot. King then settled matters, the Manchester United FC striker racing clear on a quick counterattack, beating Jason Demetriou with a clever sidestep before placing a low drive beyond Giorgallides.

Cyprus will hope to return to form after two losses, against Switzerland at home on 23 March, while Norway entertain Albania a day earlier.

Last updated: 17/10/12 1.08CET

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Lineup

Cyprus

Cyprus

Norway

Norway

12Tasos Kissas (GK)
Substitution55
1Rune Jarstein (GK)
2Dossa Júnior5Brede Hangeland (C)
Goal44
3Elias Charalambous (C)6John Arne Riise
Yellow Card88
6Angelis Charalambous
Substitution46
7Markus Henriksen
7Stathis Aloneftis
Goal42
Yellow Card71
Substitution88
10Tarik Elyounoussi
Goal81
8Athos Solomou14Espen Ruud
Yellow Card64
9Dimitris Christofi15Magnus Eikrem
Substitution90+2
17George Efrem19Ruben Yttergård Jenssen
Substitution75
18Siniša Dobrašinović
Yellow Card56
20Alexander Søderlund
Substitution46
21Vincent Laban21Daniel Braaten
Yellow Card82
23Marios Nikolaou23Vegard Forren

Substitutes

1Antonis Giorgallides (GK)
Substitution55
12Espen Bugge Pettersen (GK)
22Christakis Mastrou (GK)22Andre Hansen (GK)
4Paraskevas Christou2Tom Høgli
5Stelios Parpas3Kjetil Wæhler
10Constantinos Charalambides4Ardian Gashi
Substitution90+2
11Michalis Konstantinou9Valon Berisha
Substitution75
13Georgios Vasiliou16Henning Hauger
14Marios Antoniades17Jonathan Parr
15Jason Demetriou
Substitution46
Yellow Card49
18Joshua King
Substitution46
Goal83
16Pieros Sotiriou
19Nestor Mytidis
Substitution88
20Kostakis Artymatas

Coach

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Egil Olsen (NOR)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Assistant referees

Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Hubert Siejewicz (POL)

Legend:

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

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