ULLEVAAL (VG) (Norway-Wales 1-0) For 29 minutes it looked like Norway had not played a national match in 196 days. Then Guro Reiten (26) tried his hand at a post.
Unbelievably, Norway had to take three corner kicks after the same pattern, without the Welsh coming up with any counterattack. The first two ended outside the goal, the third attempt from Guro Reiten went in the corner.
Her 10th national team goal was of the simple kind. It was a post with the left foot, and it was a cruel goalkeeper mistake that made Norway get a hole in the boil.
– I aim at the rear, so when no one is there, it’s okay, Reiten says when asked if it was a shot or a post.
It was regardless of the help Norway needed after the starting difficulties. Because it started badly in the European Championship qualifiers against Wales with ugly ball losses, mismatches, poor precision, pace and downtime on the field. The pace has at times been greater during the recovery training this week.
The second half started as the first, as a long yawn where Wales got a couple of chances after new gross, Norwegian mistakes.
And when Caroline Graham Hansen tried on her own with a long shot that was in the net after 60 minutes, the referee team managed to cancel due to offside on Lisa-Marie Utland. She was not on the ball and she was not in the way of the goalkeeper. Incomprehensible by the Slovak referee who annoyed the Norwegian women for 90 minutes.
– I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but it was not, says “Caro” about the cancellation.
– I do not understand how the referee causes Lisa (Utland) to ruin the goalkeeper’s goal. One should not say too much about the judge, but I must say that I did not agree with all the decisions.
She had to deal with an injury to her left ankle before 70 minutes had been played.
– I hope it went well and that it is nothing, the Barcelona player says about the injury.