Euro2020 schedule took a toll

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After three matches in less than a week, Norway’s men’s national football team was showing signs of weariness in its battle against Northern Ireland’s team Wednesday night. Norway won, but head coach Lars Lagerbäck was irritated by the tightly scheduled match program.

He admitted that the match against Northern Ireland was “even tougher” than he’d expected. His team has also had lots of ups and down, performing poorly against Serbia on October 8, very well against Romania on October 11 but then poorly again on Wednesday against Northern Ireland.

Norway had beaten Northern Ireland in their first clash last month by a spectacular score of 5-1. On Wednesday, Norway’s national team won by a score of just 1-0, even though they had the home field advantage and had to credit a mistake by Northern Ireland.

Lagerbäck thinks the match was plagued by the concentration of matches the past week, a result of Corona crisis disruption of the original program. “It’s not right to play two matches with only two days in between,” Lagerbäck told reporters at the press conference following the match. “Physically, it’s not good, everyone who knows about medicine and physiology says the same, even though it’s the same for everyone.

“I think they all did the best they could,” Lagerbäck concluded. The next and final matches in the run-up to the Corona-postponed European Championships next summer will play out in November.

newsinenglish.no staff