Norway’s men’s national football redeemed itself somewhat with a 2-0 victory over the Færø Islands Monday night, but head coach Lars Lagerbäck was not impressed, calling the match one of the “weakest” during his tenure.
“I don’t know where I should begin,” a frustrated Lagerbäck told reporters when Norway’s latest qualifier for the European Championships was all over. “We have some periods where we play well, but we’re very stressed through the match. We’re slow.”
The Færø Islands team were close to ruining things for Norway on several occasions, and commentators claimed it was pure luck that Norway held on to its 1-0 lead after a goal by Bjørn Maars Johnsen. He scored again later, but most agreed that the local ream at the match in Torshavn played better ball.
“We knew it wouldn’t be easy to come here, they are fantastically well-organized,” Lagerbäck said. “They don’t make mistakes.”
Norway bungled its 2-0 lead over Romania in a match on home turf, ending up with a 2-2 tie. Norway’s next qualifier will be against Sweden on September 8, followed by an away match against Romania and Spain at home, before meeting Færo Islands and Malta again.