Norway’s beleaguered national football team lost another match this week, even though it was played on home turf in Molde. The 1-0 defeat by Scotland’s team ended a year that was a downturn indeed.
The loss to Scotland was also the third in a row for the team’s new coach, Per Mathias Høgmo, whose controversial hiring before the end of the World Cup qualifying season kicked off a scandal over how legendary and now former coach Egil “Drillo” Olsen was treated.
Newspaper Aftenposten wrote that Høgmo had to watch his team make one mistake after another Tuesday night, and he admitted to TV2 that his players must start scoring more goals. They only scored two in the past four matches “and we see that we have to get that going,” he told TV2 after the match.
The national team will now take a break until January, when they’ll gather for nine days and play two matches, one of them either in South Africa or Abu Dhabi. After that starts the round of qualifying matches for the European Championships.