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Norway beat Bulgaria thanks to Forren's first

Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 22.40CET
Bulgaria 0-1 Norway
Vegard Forren scored his first international goal as the visitors moved to within two points of the top two – Croatia and Italy – in Group H.

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Match statistics

BulgariaNorway

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)49
 
51
Total attempts6
 
12
on target1
 
4
off target1
 
2
blocked4
 
6
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
6
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
14

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Published: Thursday 3 September 2015, 22.40CET

Norway beat Bulgaria thanks to Forren's first

Bulgaria 0-1 Norway
Vegard Forren scored his first international goal as the visitors moved to within two points of the top two – Croatia and Italy – in Group H.

  • Norway beat Group H rivals Bulgaria 1-0 in Sofia
  • Vegard Forren scores the winner, his first international goal
  • Norway now within two points of both Croatia and Italy
  • Per-Mathias Høgmo's team also defeated Bulgaria (2-1) on matchday three
  • Next matches: Italy v Bulgaria, Norway v Croatia (Sunday)

Norway improved their chances of a top-two finish in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group H with a 1-0 victory in Bulgaria on Thursday.

Though Bulgaria's form has picked up since Ivaylo Petev took charge, they remain without a competitive home win since a 6-0 success against Malta in FIFA World Cup qualifying in March 2013. Ivelin Popov nearly set them on their way to ending that four-game run after 21 minutes, but his crafty free-kick was well saved by Ørjan Nyland. It was about as good as it got for the hosts.

Indeed it was from an equally intelligent set piece that the visitors broke the deadlock. Stefan Johansen's options looked limited from a central position 30 metres out, yet he chipped cutely over the wall and into the path of Forren, who had peeled free on the right and volleyed adroitly past Bozhidar Mitrev.

Though the home custodian subsequently got down well to deny Tom Høgli, he should have been beaten – or tested at least – for a second time on 66 minutes. Alexander Søderlund, having been picked out superbly, had a free header but failed to hit the target. His profligacy went unpunished.

Last updated: 05/09/15 0.05CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2013977/postmatch/report/index.html#norway+beat+bulgaria

Lineups

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Norway

Norway

12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
12
NylandØrjan Nyland (GK)
2
BandalovskiIvan Bandalovski
2
HøgliTom Høgli (C)
Yellow Card20
3
A. AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
3
HovlandEven Hovland
5
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
5
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Yellow Card40
6
MinevYordan Minev
Yellow Card89
8
JohansenStefan Johansen
Substitution87
10
PopovIvelin Popov
Yellow Card45
9
SøderlundAlexander Søderlund
11
ManolevStanislav Manolev
Substitution61
10
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
15
ChochevIvaylo Chochev
13
SamuelsenJone Samuelsen
Substitution64
17
MilanovGeorgi Milanov
Substitution78
14
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
19
MitsanskiIlian Mitsanski
Substitution68
19
BergetJo Inge Berget
21
DyakovSvetoslav Dyakov (C)
21
ForrenVegard Forren
Goal57
Substitution75

Substitutes

13
MakendzhievBlagoy Makendzhiev (GK)
1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
4
TerzievGeorgi Terziev
22
André HansenAndré Hansen (GK)
7
AlexandrovMihail Alexandrov
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg
Substitution87
8
RangelovDimitar Rangelov
Substitution68
6
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
Substitution75
9
V. HristovVentsislav Hristov
7
V. BerishaValon Berisha
14
MinevVeselin Minev
11
ØdegaardMartin Ødegaard
16
Ivo IvanovIvo Ivanov
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred
Substitution64
Yellow Card89
18
SlavchevSimeon Slavchev
16
AleesamiHaitam Aleesami
20
TonevAlexandar Tonev
Substitution61
17
LinnesMartin Linnes
22
NedelevTodor Nedelev
Substitution78
18
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
23
ZlatinskiHristo Zlatinski
20
Veton BerishaVeton Berisha
23
JenssenRuben Yttergård Jenssen

Coach

Ivaylo Petev (BUL) Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Rob van de Ven (NED), Charles Schaap (NED)

Fourth official

Patrick Langkamp (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

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