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Norway - Northern Ireland
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 8 October 2017
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Northern Ireland are defeated for the second consecutive game, and while they have secured a place in the play-off, whether they will be seeded remains unknown.
Ferguson drills a lovely, dangerous ball across the face of goal, but none of his team mates were in position to convert.
We are into three minutes of added time.
Nyland does well to punch clear Magennis' deep cross. Northern Ireland are piling on the pressure now.
- OffStefan JohansenNorway
- OnMartin LinnesNorway
Norway sub: Martin Linnes takes the place of Johansen.
- Yellow cardChris BruntNorthern Ireland
Brunt is the first Northern Ireland player to be shown a yellow card. Thankfully, he will NOT miss the play-off first-leg.
Will Northern Ireland rue such missed opportunities when the play-off draw is made?
Brunt's cross finds Dallas, who lays it off for Saville but the substitute skies it over the bar!
Norway fail to really deal with a Northern Ireland free-kick. Davis is then teed up for a shot, but it's blocked and the visitors have a corner.
- OffMarkus HenriksenNorway
- OnOle SelnæsNorway
Norway sub: Ole Selnaes replaces Henriksen.
Obviously losing tonight will do little for the confidence of Northern Ireland, and it may well affect their UEFA ranking, meaning they may not be seeded in the play-offs. A draw would be very useful tonight.
WATCH BRUNT'S BIZARRE OWN-GOAL
- OffCorry EvansNorthern Ireland
- OnShane FergusonNorthern Ireland
A third and final change for Northern Ireland - Shane Ferguson replacing Corry Evans.
It looks like the visitors are going 4-4-2.
Brunt's pinpoint cross finds Lafferty, but the Hearts forward lifts his header just over the bar. This is exactly the reaction Michael O'Neill would have wanted from his side.
From the resulting corner, McLaughlin's volley is blocked on the line! Northern Ireland inches away from grabbing the equaliser!
Northern Ireland almost make an immediate response! A long throw-in is only half-cleared as far as Dallas, his first-time effort takes a nick off Lafferty and Nyland does well to push it behind for a corner.
It has to go down as McGovern's error, but was he being fouled as the ball came in?!
- Own-goalChris BruntNorthern Ireland
OWN-GOAL! NORWAY TAKE THE LEAD!
The opener comes in extraordinary circumstances - Johansen's cross from the by-line is palmed unconvincingly into the air by McGovern and in an effort to clear, Brunt thumps it into the roof of his own net.
- OffConor WashingtonNorthern Ireland
- OnKyle LaffertyNorthern Ireland
Kyle Lafferty replaces Washington for the final 20 minutes or so.
The resulting set-piece comes to little and now Northern Ireland are preparing to make their second change of the evening.
Washington drops deep to gather the ball for Northern Ireland, feeding Dallas on the wing. The Leeds midfielder cuts inside before teeing up Saville for a shot... but his effort is deflected wide for a corner.
Johnny Evans clears a cross with his head. The subsequent throw-in is also dealt with and Northern Ireland eventually manage to hack it clear.
Washington then forces a mistake from Berge, but Nordtveit chases back to recover possession for Norway.
In a bid to quell Norway's dominance, the visitors are doing their best to keep possession and kill the home side's momentum.
McGovern gets away with one - he drops the ball from the second corner delivery, but thankfully for Northern Ireland, he was surrounded by his team mates and was able to gather on the second attempt.
At least four players - two from each side - go down inside the penalty area as the corner delivery comes in. As a result, Norway in another corner.
Crossed wires in the Northern Ireland defence as McAuley and McGovern get in each other's way and in the end they concede the corner.
McLaughlin intercepts a lofted through pass, the loose ball falls to Sorloth who smashes his shot straight at Johnny Evans!
Still no break-through for Norway, but the hosts are playing much, much better in the second period.
Berge gets away from Davis, opening up some space for a shot 20 yards out, but the Norway midfielder snatches at it and fires well wide of McGovern's goal.
Norway are stepping up their search for an opening goal at the start of the second half as Elyounoussi blazes his shot well over the bar from distance.
The ball is played across the face of the Northern Ireland goal with Reginiussen seeing his effort brilliantly saved by McGovern, the loose ball is then converted by Soderlund but the linesman had his flag up.
Saville, making only his second appearance for his country, nicks possession in midfield, exchanges passes with Washington before he is bundled over inside the box. The referee takes a moment to think about his decision, but signals play on.
Berge delivers a cross into the box, but Evans is there to intercept with his head.
- 2nd Half
Northern Ireland get the second half underway.
- OffOliver NorwoodNorthern Ireland
- OnGeorge SavilleNorthern Ireland
George Saville replaces Norwood - one of six Northern Ireland players one yellow card away from missing the first-leg of the play-offs - at the break.
- End of 1st Half
There is no added time at the end of the first half and the teams go in level at the break. Few clear-cut chances to reflect on, but Norway have probably shaded the opening 45 minutes. Better to come in the second period, surely?!
Norwood heads clears at the near post...
Norway are on the attack as we approach half-time, can Northern Ireland stay strong in defence? They have conceded only to Germany in Group C.
The hosts win their fourth corner of the game...
After a rather uneventful 35 minutes, the game is beginning to open up a little, just before half-time.
Again, Northern Ireland fail to clear the ball out of the danger zone, and Meling is allowed to shoot but the Norway defender can't find the target.
GOOD SAVE FROM MCGOVERN!
Norway win a free-kick in a dangerous position, on the right side of the box. Johansen steps up... the ball is heading for the top corner but McGovern is at full stretch to make the stop!
DAVIS GOES CLOSE!
A well-struck effort from the Northern Ireland skipper from 25 yards causes all sorts of problems for Norway's goalkeeper, but he gathers on the second attempt, just ahead of Washington who was closing in on the loose ball.
CHANCE FOR NORWAY!
Northern Ireland clear the subsequent corner at the near post, but only as far as Meling whose first-time shot is awkward for McGovern who is forced to push it out for a corner.
That's the best chance of the half thus far.
Better from Norway; Berge drives to the channel and sends a teasing low cross into the box is diverted behind by Davis for a corner.
Davis wriggles his way past his marker on the by-line, but his cross cannot pick out a team mate as Norway's defence stands firm.
There hasn't been a clear-cut chance for either side just yet. One moment of individual magic could prove the difference this evening.
The space opens up for Norwood, making his 50th appearance for Northern Ireland and yet to score a goal, but his shot from 20 yards is well wide.
And the wait goes on for the Fulham midfielder.
Nothing separates the sides at the half-hour mark. Very tentative.
Northern Ireland fail to clear inside their own area which allows Henriksen to shoot from the tightest of angles... but it is well blocked by the stomach of McAuley!
Sorloth is allowed to cut inside and he fires a left-footed effort at goal, but it is wild and high.
Reginiussen's clearance smashes off Washington and suddenly the Northern Ireland forward is through on goal. However, play is brought back as it turns out the QPR man used his hand to make the block.
The game has resembled a training session, in truth. It is blatantly obvious that many in the visiting starting line-up are treading a fine line.
On the pitch, there isn't a lot happening in truth, but the travelling supporters are in party mood. And why not? They have, presumably, no work in the morning and their team are in the World Cup play-offs...
Northern Ireland are operating in a 4-5-1 system this evening, with Washington playing as the lone striker. He has largely been starved of service thus far.
Magennis, always dangerous in the air, rises highest to nod on a free-kick, but the ball is straight into the arms of Nyland.
Washington tries to slide through Magennis, but the ball is well intercepted by Nordtveit.
Dangerous from Norway as Sorloth gets to the by-line where he fizzes a cross in, but McAuley is alert to the danger and touches it back to his goalkeeper.
A promising move from Northern Ireland collapses when Washington's pass intended for Magennis on the right is played wayward.
Slightly disappointing to see empty seats in large sections of the stadium, considering Norway's recent positive results.
Northern Ireland - their social media team included - are in confident and buoyant mood.
No one will be at all surprised to learn that Germany, the leaders in Group C, have gone ahead at home to Azerbaijan.
Norway have enjoyed something of a resurgence under manager Lars Lagerbäck, they are unbeaten in their previous four matches and will provide a stern test for Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland have started the game well and they continue to put the pressure on the hosts; Corry Evans drilling a shot just wide of the post. It looked like it took a deflection, but the referee didn't spot it and signals for a goal-kick.
Norway can only partially clear Corry Evans's cross, the ball falls into the path of Davis whose first-time shot from the edge of the box is comfortable enough for Nyland.
Excellent football from Northern Ireland as McLaughlin feeds Magennis who sends a ball across the face of goal looking for Dallas at the back post, but the hosts manage to scramble it clear.
A cross from Elyounoussi causes some panic in the Northern Ireland box and the visitors are relieved to hear the referee's whistle for offside.
There are plenty of 'big lads', as Gerry Armstrong describes them, in the Norway starting XI, and the early indications suggest the hosts will play a direct style of football this evening.
Northern Ireland's captain Davis is making his 99th appearance for his country this evening.
- 1st Half
Norway get us underway! The travelling support are in fine voice as the game begins.
The national anthems are done and dusted meaning we are now only moments from kick-off!
Tonight's game remains important for Northern Ireland, as the play-off is seeded meaning O'Neill's side need a positive result to avoid the likes of European champions Portugal.
Confirmation of Norway's team...
Starting XI: Nyland; Svensson, Nordtveit, Reginiussen, Meling; Elyounoussi, Berge, Henriksen, Johansen; Sorloth, Soderlund.
Subs: Jarstein, Skjelvik, Valsvik, Johnsen, T Elyounoussi, Rosted, Elabdellaoui, Linnes, Selnaes, Grytebust, Berget.
Northern Ireland have SIX players in danger of missing the first leg of the play-offs if they are booking this evening.
They are: Steven Davis and Jonny and Corry Evans, Josh Magennis, Stuart Dallas and Oliver Norwood.
There is no room for error this evening.
The visitors make two changes from the side beaten 3-1 by Germany on Thursday, with Stuart Dallas and Conor Washington replacing Lee Hodson and Kyle Lafferty respectively. Oliver Norwood makes his 50th international cap.
NORTHERN IRELAND TEAM NEWS
Starting XI: McGovern, McLaughlin, J. Evans, McAuley, Brunt, C.Evans, Dallas, Norwood, Davis, Magennis, Washington.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE text commentary of Northern Ireland's final Group C game.
Michael O'Neill's side have already secured a play-off position in the World Cup qualifiers before their game against Norway, thanks to Slovakia beating Scotland into second place in Group F.
Nevertheless, they will want to produce a positive performance this evening as they look to build their confidence ahead of the play-offs.