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Hollow victory for Norway

Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 19.12CET
Belarus 2-3 Norway A final-day win in Minsk was not enough to earn Norway a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.
by Denis Orlov
from Minsk
Published: Tuesday 11 October 2005, 19.12CET

Hollow victory for Norway

Belarus 2-3 Norway A final-day win in Minsk was not enough to earn Norway a place in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-offs.

A 3-2 win against Belarus in Borisov was not enough to put Norway into the runners-up slot in UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group 5. Hallvar Thoresen's side could have finished second if Slovenia dropped points in their final game against Scotland, but a 3-0 win for the former Yugoslav republic put an end to the Nordic team's involvement.

Early goal
Norwegian captain Petter Vargan Moen set up his side's opening goal after just six minutes, providing the cross from the left for Jan-Tore Amundsen to convert, but the Belarussians were back on level terms after 23 minutes when Viacheslav Hleb curled a free-kick over the Norwegian wall and into the net.

Missed chances
Yuri Puntus's men could have scored more as Artyom Kontsevoi failed to convert when left one-on-one with the goalkeeper before Leonid Kovel fired at straight at the Norwegian No1 from close range. Belarus were punished for their profligacy on 36 minutes as Magnus Myklebust put Norway in front again.

Belarussian offensive
Puntus brought striker Vitali Rodionov on for midfielder Aleksandr Pavlov and played with four forwards in the second half. That move quickly paid off as Kontsevoi was first to a rebound to pull Belarus level, but Norway had the last word as midfielder Bjorn-Helge Riise scored their 71st-minute winner.

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.03CET

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Lineups

Belarus

Belarus

Norway

Norway

1
LeskoArtur Lesko (GK)
1
JarsteinRune Jarstein (GK)
2
TigorevYan Tigorev
2
EriksenLars-Kristian Eriksen
3
StaschenyukAleksandr Staschenyuk
Substitution80
3
OnstadKristian Onstad
4
LentsevichDmitri Lentsevich
4
SteenslidBørre Steenslid
5
PlaskonnyPavel Plaskonny
5
BertelsenTronderik Bertelsen
11
AfanasievMikhail Afanasiev
6
AmundsenJan Tore Amundsen
Goal6
Substitution62
7
ShkabaraOleg Shkabara (C)
Red Card88
7
SokolowskiTomasz Sokolowski
Yellow Card90
6
PavlovAleksandr Pavlov
Substitution46
8
HaugerHenning Hauger
Yellow Card63
9
V. HlebVyacheslav Hleb
Goal22
Substitution75
9
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen (C)
10
KontsevoiArtem Kontsevoi
Goal51
10
Fredheim HolmDaniel Fredheim Holm
Yellow Card14
8
KovelLeonid Kovel
11
MyklebustMagnus Myklebust
Goal36
Substitution80

Substitutes

12
LohvinavIhar Lohvinav (GK)
12
LarsenJan Larsen (GK)
13
MikhnyukSergei Mikhnyuk
Substitution80
13
BertheussenEirik Bertheussen
14
MorozVladimir Moroz
14
SkjønsbergMorten Skjønsberg
15
PopelOleg Popel
15
Bjørn Helge RiiseBjørn Helge Riise
Substitution62
Goal71
Yellow Card73
16
D. SchegrikovichDmitri Schegrikovich
Substitution75
16
MøsterTommy Møster
17
RodionovVitali Rodionov
Substitution46
17
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution80
18
PakulinArtsiom Pakulin
18
NystrømSteffen Nystrøm

Coach

Yuri Puntus (BLR) Hallvar Thoresen (NOR)

Referee

Stefan Johannesson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Erik Bergsten (SWE), Peter Martinsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Miro Ukalovic (SWE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution