On Thursday evening, Norway faced Serbia in Path C’s playoff semi-final, in an attempt to earn the qualification for next summer’s European Championship.
Unfortunately, Norway’s national team was unable to beat Serbia and secure a spot in next month’s playoff final.
For the tenth time in a row, Norway failed to move forward in a European Championship or World Cup qualifier.
Thursday’s match was the second-ever game between Norway and Serbia, with the first one taking place in 2006 and ending in a 1:1 draw.
A clearly superior Serbian team
Serbia was clearly superior under the relentless rain at Ullevaal stadium on Thursday.
Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored both goals for Serbia.
Several great saves by Rune Almenning Jarstein kept Norway in the game for a long time, but in the 82nd minute, Milinkovic-Savic scored for 1:0.
However, Mathias Normann managed to score for Norway in the 88th minute.
He got the ball from Martin Ødegaard and pulled off an unstoppable diagonal shot.
With Normann’s goal and a 1:1 score, the game progressed into extra time.
While Norway excelled initially, Serbia clearly created more chances during extra time.
Milinkovic-Savic scored for the second time in the 102nd minute, setting the final score at 1:2.
Source: Norway Today