Norwegian football player Joshua King was still being lauded on Monday after scoring two goals, assisting in another goal and playing “strong in all situations,” when Norway’s national football team met Malta’s on the Mediterranean nation’s home turf Friday night. The Norwegians won 3-0 and were hoping for another win over Bulgaria back home in Oslo on Monday.
The victory was important for Norway, which hasn’t performed well in recent action. The match was a qualifier for the European Championships, as is Monday’s match against Bulgaria, and it was important that Norway did well.
King certainly did, as did Mats Møller Dæhli, who scored Norway’s third goal. Young player Martin Ødegaard, who, at age 15, had been selected as the youngest ever for a Euro qualifier team, didn’t get to play but was hoping to on Monday, as speculation swirls that he’s already being eyed to play professionally for Barcelona.
Many wanted to see Ødegaard and Dæhli on the field at the same time, viewing them as among the new generation of Norwegian football players who can “restart” the national team’s fortunes. Coach Per-Mathias Høgmo opted against using him, despite bringing him to Malta, and he was being spared media questions during training before the Bulgaria match.