After a crushing defeat against Serbia last week that ruined their chances of playing in the next European Championships, Norway’s men’s football team bounced back over the weekend. They beat Romania by a score of 4-0, but still didn’t feel they redeemed themselves.
The loss to Serbia will hurt for a long time, admitted star player Martin Ødegaard to TV2. He plays professionally for Real Madrid and was involved in scoring some of Norway’s goals on Sunday. Frustration remained high, added player Alexander Sørloth, that the team didn’t manage to do their best last Thursday when it really counted. Sørloth, who plays for RB Leipzig, scored one of the four goals against Romania.
Erling Braut Haaland, Norway’s new football star for Dortmund, scored the other three goals after being served twice by Ødegaard. Head coach Lars Lagerbäck tried to explain how his team could make such a turnaround after a poor performance against Serbia in the Euro2020 qualifying round:
“We had a short gathering about the Serbia match that was quite negative (about) what we did wrong and what we shouldn’t have done,” Lagerbäck told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “We put the players in five groups where they could brainstorm about the match.” Response was written down and discussed, and it clearly helped clear the air.
The team faces another match in its qualifying group on Wednesday, against Northern Ireland, but another victory still won’t win a ticket to Euro2020, postponed until next summer by the Corona crisis.