Norway’s national football team has some of the best professional players in the world, but just can’t seem to make it work. Tuesday night’s latest loss to Serbia knocked them out of the top spot in their Nations League group and hurt their seeding chances for play in the European Championships.
They’d already lost to Slovenia on Saturday night and then again to Serbia on Tuesday, by a score of 2-0. Star player Erling Braut Haaland didn’t manage to score despite an allegedly good chance early in the match, but Serbia did. Twice.
The team’s humiliation was thus complete before 24,364 fans on home turf at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. Coach Ståle Solbakken told TV2 afterwards that he thought the team had “good control” on the defense for the first 25 minutes, but it didn’t last.
Norway had led its group and would have risen to the top level in the Nations League, with the opportunity to play against Europe’s top teams, in addition to being seeded at the top levels when European Championship qualifiers are announced in Frankfurt next month. That didn’t happen.
“It’s frustrating,” team captain Martin Ødegaard told TV2. Serbia ended up on top.