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Friday, April 19, 2024

Norway halfway in World Cup qualifiers

Norway’s national men’s football team was boosted by a 2-0 victory over Latvia during the weekend, its latest match in the ongoing qualifiers to play in next year’s World Cup. Head coach Ståle Solbakken wasn’t exactly jumping for joy on Sunday.

He thinks the team should be doing much better. After five matches, Norway has only scored seven goals. That compares to 16 for the Netherlands and 15 for Turkey, both of which are in Norway’s qualifying group.

Even though Norway remains in the running, Solbakken complained that his players haven’t scored on enough of their chances. He’s also worried about penalties already handed out to some players that could force them out of play in an important match against Turkey on October 8.

The next match is against Gibraltar on home turf at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. Gibraltar is at the bottom of the group and the Norwegians are favoured. Solbakken isn’t taking anything for granted: “We must continue to create more and double the chances we had against Latvia and Gibraltar. Then we’ll see if things look differently.” staff




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