For the first time, Lars Lagerbäck had to endure a home loss as Norway’s national team manager. Austria deservedly won 2-1 on an empty Ullevaal over a rusty Norway.
Erling Braut Haaland’s first national team goal was the stock. He reduced in the 66th minute after great preparation by captain Stefan Johansen and substitute Alexander Sørloth, but no equalizer came.
Thus, Norway not only came out beaten in the national league, the team also lost the aura of invincibility at home a month before the rematch for a European Championship place against Serbia. The home loss was Norway’s first in exactly four years.
It was not only the first home loss since Germany won 3-0 on the same date in 2016, it was the first loss at all in ten games, since 1-2 against Spain in March last year.
Michael Gregoritsch (Augsburg) and Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig) scored Austria’s goals. Both came after referee decisions Norway had reason to be dissatisfied with, but it is not to be assumed that the guests were clearly the best and deserved the victory.
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