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Berget inspires Norway to win over Croatia

Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 20.33CET
Norway 2-0 Croatia
Jo Inge Berget scored the first and had a shot deflected in for the second as Norway moved above their opponents into the top two in Group H.
by Sujay Dutt
from Ullevaal Stadion

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Match statistics

NorwayCroatia

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)44
 
56
Total attempts9
 
8
on target2
 
3
off target2
 
4
blocked5
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
5
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
20

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Published: Sunday 6 September 2015, 20.33CET

Berget inspires Norway to win over Croatia

Norway 2-0 Croatia
Jo Inge Berget scored the first and had a shot deflected in for the second as Norway moved above their opponents into the top two in Group H.

  • Jo Inge Berget scores the first after his neat drag-back befuddles Darijo Srna
  • The Malmö player creates the second – his cross-shot deflects off Vedran Ćorluka
  • Norway leapfrog their opponents and will end the day in the top two
  • Croatia, who won the reverse fixture 5-1, drop to third in Group H
  • Next games: Norway v Malta, Croatia v Bulgaria (10 October)

Norway moved above Croatia into the top two in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group H after victory over Niko Kovač's side.

Jo Inge Berget made the difference in Oslo, scoring the opener after 51 minutes and creating the second with a cross-shot that was deflected in by the unfortunate Vedran Ćorluka. It has been a contrasting few days for these two teams – while Norway took maximum points from their September fixtures, Croatia gained just one, failed to score and now find themselves in third.

A sold-out Ullevaal Stadion witnessed a first half short on chances, with both sides managing one serious attempt each before the break. Central defender Vegard Forren, Norway's unlikely match winner in Sofia three days ago, came close to scoring again after 29 minutes. His shot from close range was blocked well by Danijel Subašić, who until then had been kept busy by the hosts' flurry of corners.

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Norway's Jo Inge Berget roars with delight

Croatia struggled to find their rhythm, but on the cusp of half-time Luka Modrić won a free-kick. Ivan Rakitić took it and Mario Mandžukić connected strongly with his head. However, Ørjan Nyland, at full stretch, ensured the contest would be goalless at the interval.

Croatia, and Mandžukić in particular, started the second half with renewed intent, the Juventus forward trying his luck with a header and then a bicycle kick that drew a comfortable save from Nyland. After soaking up the visitors' pressure, Norway forged ahead, a deflected effort reaching Berget at the far post. He promptly put Darijo Srna on his backside with a clever drag-back and smashed the ball past Subašić.

The same players were involved in the second. This time Berget approached Srna from outside the area, sold him a dummy and struck a low shot that took a sizeable deflection off Ćorluka on its way past the wrong-footed Subašić.

Last updated: 08/09/15 0.01CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Croatia

Croatia

12
NylandØrjan Nyland (GK)
23
SubašićDanijel Subašić (GK)
2
HøgliTom Høgli
Yellow Card75
2
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
Yellow Card36
3
HovlandEven Hovland
4
PerišićIvan Perišić
5
TetteyAlexander Tettey
5
ĆorlukaVedran Ćorluka
Goal69
8
JohansenStefan Johansen
Substitution90+2
7
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution72
9
SøderlundAlexander Søderlund
Yellow Card59
Substitution90+4
8
PjacaMarko Pjaca
Substitution63
10
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
10
ModrićLuka Modrić
14
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
11
SrnaDarijo Srna (C)
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred (C)
Substitution90+1
14
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
Yellow Card50
19
BergetJo Inge Berget
Goal51
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
21
ForrenVegard Forren
Yellow Card38
21
VidaDomagoj Vida

Substitutes

1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
1
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
22
André HansenAndré Hansen (GK)
12
KalinićLovre Kalinić (GK)
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg
3
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
6
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
Substitution90+2
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
7
V. BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution90+4
9
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
11
ØdegaardMartin Ødegaard
13
LeškovićMarko Lešković
13
SelnæsOle Selnæs
15
RebićAnte Rebić
16
AleesamiHaitam Aleesami
16
N. KalinićNikola Kalinić
Substitution72
17
LinnesMartin Linnes
18
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution63
Yellow Card72
18
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
Substitution90+1
19
BadeljMilan Badelj
20
Veton BerishaVeton Berisha
20
CaktašMijo Caktaš
23
JenssenRuben Yttergård Jenssen
22
LeovacMarin Leovac

Coach

Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Fourth official

Zsolt Varga (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Tamás Bognar (HUN), Ádám Farkas (HUN)

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