(Northern Ireland – Norway 1-5) After an anemic affair against Austria, Lars Lagerbäcks delivered a match at the other end of the scale. In front of goal, Norway’s strikers were merciless.
Goal chances: 2–6. Pause: 1–3. Attendance: 0 at Windsor Park. Goal: 0–1 (2) Mohamed Elyounoussi (Stefan Johansen), 1–1 (6) Paddy McNair, 1–2 (7) Erling Braut Haaland, 1–3 (19) Alexander Sørloth (Haitam Aleesami), 1–4 (47 ) Alexander Sørloth (Erling Braut Haaland), 1–5 (58) Erling Braut Haaland (Omar Elabdellaoui). Yellow card: N-I: Daniel Ballard, Craig Cathcart. N: Birger Meling Judging: Bartosz Frankowski, Poland – 5
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Lars Lagerbäck’s men were not recognizable as they did not hang together and seemed paralyzed against Austria. Against Northern Ireland, it was a completely different Norway that came on the field. Mohamed Elyounoussi was deadly effective already in the second minute of the match, before the strikers followed in the same track. Norway were ruthless in front of goal and otherwise had full control over Northern Ireland. Former national team captain Brede Hangeland described it all as a “perfect charge for the Serbia match”, and probably hits the mark with that description. Northern Ireland is admittedly a significantly weaker team than both Austria and Serbia, but what Alexander Sørloth and Erling Braut Haaland delivered at the top was of a very high caliber.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell − Michael Smith, Craig Cathcart, Daniel Ballard (Liam Boyce fra 46.) – Jordan Thompson, Stuart Dallas, Steven Davis, George Saville (Corry Evans fra 71.), Shane Ferguson − Paddy McNair, Conor Washington (Shane Lavery fra 77.)