While the rest of the country was gearing up for a possible change of government after Monday’s national elections, Norway’s national men’s football team (landslaget) was keeping its eye firmly on another prize: A chance to play in the next World Cup.
Their chances and spirits were lifted heading into the weekend, when they beat Cyprus 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. If they hadn’t won, they would have been knocked out of the running. Goals by Tarik Eloyounoussi and Joshua King (who was brought in to relieve Eloyounoussi) kept the World Cup dream alive.
There was little time to celebrate or rest on their laurels, though, with another decisive match looming on Tuesday. It’s against Switzerland, which failed to beat another qualifying group member, Iceland, on Friday with their match ending in a 4-4 tie.
Switzerland has been leading the group that altogether includes Switzerland, Norway, Albania, Iceland, Slovenia and Cyprus. The Norway-Switzerland match kicks off back at Ullevaal in Oslo at 7pm on Tuesday evening.