Qualifying round (Group E) - 07/06/2013 - 20:30CET (20:30 local time) - Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa - Tirana
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Høgli header denies Albania

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 23.27CET
Albania 1-1 Norway
Tom Høgli struck three minutes from time, Norway's first shot on target, as the visitors claimed a share of the Group E spoils in Tirana.
by Fatjon Pandovski
Høgli header denies Albania
Ervin Bulku controls under pressure from Norway's Markus Henriksen ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

AlbaniaNorway

Goals scored1
 
1
Total attempts7
 
3
Attempts on target3
 
1
off target3
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
8
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed3
 
6
Fouls suffered4
 
2

Standings

Last updated: 25/07/2013 11:57 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 23.27CET

Høgli header denies Albania

Albania 1-1 Norway
Tom Høgli struck three minutes from time, Norway's first shot on target, as the visitors claimed a share of the Group E spoils in Tirana.

Albania were denied the chance to go top of FIFA World Cup qualifying Group E as a late Tom Høgli goal gave Norway a point in Tirana.

Valdet Rama had handed Giovanni de Biasi's side a 41st-minute lead at the Stadiumi Kombëtar Qemal Stafa and it seemed his goal would be enough to take Albania above Switzerland at the head of the table. Norway and Høgli had other ideas, though, the defender's 87th-minute intervention keeping his fourth-placed team in touch in a tight section.

Albania started the evening on nine points – two behind the Swiss yet two above their opponents – and after Migjen Basha, Hamdi Salihi and Edgar Çani had gone close, that advantage looked like increasing. Four minutes before half-time Rama, making his first appearance of qualification with Lorik Cana and Andi Lila suspended and Burim Kukeli and Alban Meha injured, sprinted down the left and cut inside to shoot past Rune Jarstein in the Norway goal.

With a vociferous crowd – including President Bujar Nishani and Prime Minister Sali Berisha – backing them, Albania came close to a clinching second midway through the second period, but this time Jarstein was able to stretch to touch Salihi's header onto the crossbar. That save proved crucial. With time running out, Høgli nodded an equaliser from a corner to lift Norway to eight points. They remain two shy of Albania who, in turn, are now one behind the Swiss, at home to Cyprus on Saturday.

Last updated: 08/06/13 21.06CET

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Lineup

Albania

Albania

Norway

Norway

12Etrit Berisha (GK)1Rune Jarstein (GK)
2Admir Teli2Tom Høgli
Goal87
4Armend Dallku
Yellow Card72
4Tore Reginiussen
7Ansi Agolli5Brede Hangeland (C)
8Ervin Bulku (C)
Substitution90+1
7Markus Henriksen
9Edgar Çani8Håvard Nordtveit
11Emilian Vila
Substitution84
10Tarik Elyounoussi
Substitution46
14Migjen Basha
Yellow Card83
14Espen Ruud
Yellow Card1
15Mërgim Mavraj17Joshua King
Substitution70
18Hamdi Salihi
Substitution77
19Ruben Yttergård Jenssen
Substitution86
20Valdet Rama
Goal41
21Daniel Braaten

Substitutes

1Samir Ujkani (GK)22Andre Hansen (GK)
23Orges Shehi (GK)3Kjetil Wæhler
3Tefik Osmani
Substitution77
9Ardian Gashi
5Renato Arapi11Valon Berisha
Substitution46
10Jürgen Gjasula15Per Ciljan Skjelbred
Substitution86
13Sabien Lilaj16Christian Grindheim
16Armando Vajushi18Erik Huseklepp
17Azdren Llullaku20Alexander Søderlund
Substitution70
19Ergys Kace
Substitution84
23Lars-Christopher Vilsvik
21Elseid Husaj
Substitution90+1
22Erjon Bogdani

Coach

Giovanni de Biasi (ITA) Egil Olsen (NOR)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

William Conquer (SCO), Martin Cryans (SCO)

Fourth official

Bobby Madden (SCO)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Albania

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Slovenia, 06 September 2013, 1-0
  • Norway

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Cyprus, 06 September 2013, 2-0
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