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Norway ease past Malta to keep up pressure

Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 19.49CET
Norway 2-0 Malta
Alexander Tettey and Alexander Søderlund scored in each half as Per-Mathias Høgmo's side stayed clear in second place in Group H.

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Match statistics

NorwayMalta

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)69
 
31
Total attempts24
 
2
on target8
 
1
off target8
 
0
blocked8
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners17
 
2
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
13

Standings

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Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 19.49CET

Norway ease past Malta to keep up pressure

Norway 2-0 Malta
Alexander Tettey and Alexander Søderlund scored in each half as Per-Mathias Høgmo's side stayed clear in second place in Group H.

  • Norway ease to Malta win to enhance their Group H prospects
  • Alexander Tettey puts home side into first-half lead (19)
  • Alexander Søderlund makes it two from close range (52)
  • Per-Mathias Høgmo's team stay two points behind Italy
  • Final games: Italy v Norway, Malta v Croatia (Tuesday)

Norway maintained their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying hopes with victory against Malta in Oslo thanks to a goal in each half from Alexander Tettey and Alexander Søderlund.

Kicking off second in Group H, Norway knew that a win would keep up the pressure on section leaders Italy and third-placed Croatia, and they duly seized the early initiative. Clear chances proved harder to come by, however, until Søderlund's header was deflected onto the roof of the net in the 18th minute.

From the resulting corner the ball broke for Tettey and, though the midfielder's first shot was blocked, the ball rebounded off him and found its way into the net.

Goalkeeper Andrew Hogg had been helpless then but followed up with solid saves from Per Ciljan Skjelbred and Søderlund to keep Malta in touch. That nearly proved invaluable when Even Hovland's loose pass let in the visitors, but the defender got back to pressure Alfred Effiong and Ørjan Nyland palmed the shot behind.

Norway were reinvigorated by the half-time interval and nearly doubled their lead within two minutes of the restart, Vegard Forren's header from a corner diverted onto the post and behind by defender Paul Fenech.

A second goal was not long in coming. Markus Henriksen got away down the left and Hogg could only parry his low prodded cross; Søderlund snapped up the loose ball from close range.

Almost immediately, Henriksen played in Jo Inge Berget and his centre was pulled back to Martin Ødegaard, but the substitute's effort was touched behind by Hogg. Norway, however, had already done enough for three important points.

Last updated: 12/10/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014046/postmatch/report/index.html#norway+ease+malta+aside

Lineups

Norway

Norway

Malta

Malta

12
NylandØrjan Nyland (GK)
1
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
3
HovlandEven Hovland
2
A. MuscatAlex Muscat
Substitution56
5
TetteyAlexander Tettey
Goal19
5
AgiusAndrei Agius
8
JohansenStefan Johansen
6
P. FenechPaul Fenech
9
SøderlundAlexander Søderlund
Goal52
Substitution77
7
FaillaClayton Failla
10
HenriksenMarkus Henriksen
8
BriffaRoderick Briffa (C)
Yellow Card12
14
ElabdellaouiOmar Elabdellaoui
11
R. MuscatRowen Muscat
15
SkjelbredPer Ciljan Skjelbred (C)
Substitution53
13
SchembriAndré Schembri
Substitution81
16
AleesamiHaitam Aleesami
15
S. BorgSteve Borg
Substitution83
19
BergetJo Inge Berget
Substitution84
19
EffiongAlfred Effiong
21
ForrenVegard Forren
22
Z. MuscatZach Muscat

Substitutes

1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
23
BonelloHenry Bonello (GK)
22
André HansenAndré Hansen (GK)
12
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
2
SvenssonJonas Svensson
3
J. ZerafaJoseph Zerafa
Substitution56
4
StrandbergStefan Strandberg
4
SciberrasGareth Sciberras
6
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
9
MifsudMichael Mifsud
7
KingJoshua King
Substitution77
10
CohenAndrew Cohen
11
ØdegaardMartin Ødegaard
Substitution53
14
GrioliJustin Grioli
13
SamuelsenJone Samuelsen
16
Clyde BorgClyde Borg
17
LinnesMartin Linnes
17
R. CamilleriRyan Camilleri
Substitution83
18
Veton BerishaVeton Berisha
18
KristensenBjorn Kristensen
Substitution81
20
SelnæsOle Selnæs
20
S. PisaniStephen Pisani
23
V. BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution84
21
BaldacchinoClifford Baldacchino

Coach

Per-Mathias Høgmo (NOR) Pietro Ghedin (MLT)

Referee

Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Assistant referees

Richard Storey (NIR), Gareth Eakin (NIR)

Fourth official

Stephen Bell (NIR)

Additional assistant referees

Raymond Crangle (NIR), Mervyn Smyth (NIR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution