Antonis Papadopoulos - Larnaca 16/10/2012 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time)

Qualifying round - Group E

Cyprus - Norway
1-3
 

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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

Cyprus
Norway

1

Goals scored

3

8

Total attempts

17

1

Attempts on target

8

5

off target

7

0

blocked

0

2

against woodwork

1

1

Corners

3

0

Offsides

1

3

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

10

Fouls committed

18

17

Fouls suffered

9

Lineups

Cyprus

Cyprus

Norway

Norway

12Kissas (GK)
55
1Jarstein (GK)
2Dossa Júnior5Hangeland (C)
44
3E. Charalambous (C)6John Arne Riise
88
6Angeli
46
7Henriksen
7Aloneftis
42
71
88
10T. Elyounoussi
81
8Solomou14Ruud
64
9Christofi15Eikrem
90+2
17Efrem19Jenssen
75
18Dobrašinović
56
20Søderlund
46
21Laban21Braaten
82
23Nikolaou23Forren

Substitutes

1Giorgallides (GK)
55
12Bugge Pettersen (GK)
22Mastrou (GK)22Hansen (GK)
4Christou2Høgli
5Parpas3Waehler
10Charalambides4Gashi
90+2
11Konstantinou9Valon Berisha
75
13Vasiliou16Hauger
14Antoniades17Parr
15Demetriou
46
49
18King
46
83
16Sotiriou
19Mytidis
88
20Artymatas

Coaches

Nikos Nioplias (GRE) Egil Olsen (NOR)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Press kits

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
  
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: 08/05/14 7.06CET

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