Norway loses playoff semi-finals against Serbia (1:2)

Erling Braut HaalandPhoto: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB

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


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