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Monday, February 26, 2024

Norway hangs on to Euro2020 hopes

After beating Malta and tying with Sweden over the weekend, Norway’s national men’s football team isn’t giving up hopes of qualifying for the European Championships next year (Euro2020). Norway is currently, however, only in fourth place in its qualifying group that’s topped by powerhouse Spain.

“We’re still in the game,” claimed Norwegian captain Stefan Johansen, who scored Norway’s only goal before a big Swedish crowd in Stockholm Sunday night. Norway needed to win to gain control of second place behind Spain, but the match ended in a 1-1 tie.

“It will be a bit tough, but both Sweden and Romania (currently in second and third place respectively) also have tough matches ahead,” said star Norwegian player Martin Ødegaard, who won high marks from his Swedish opponents. “We can also take points against Spain, so we just have to give our all and hope it holds.”

Norway’s next qualifier will be against Spain but Norway will at least have the home turf advantage when the match plays out October 12 at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. Then comes another tough match against Romania in Bucharest. Norway will play return matches against the final two countries in the group, Malta again and the Færø Islands in November. staff



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