The coach of Norway’s national men’s football team admits that they’re “under pressure” after losing a qualifying match for the European Championships against Spain during the weekend, and then tying their next match Tuesday night against Georgia. It left the team near the bottom of their qualifying group.
“We were very good with the ball, we’d trained on that all week, and we posed a challenge for Spain,” coach Ståle Solbakken told news bureau NTB. The Norwegians held out against Spain but missed a scoring opportunity and ended up losing 3-0.
Then they faced Georgia, which has been doing well, but ended in a 1-1 tie. The score at least gave Norway a needed point in the run-up to the European Championships, prompting Solbakken to said that now they just need to beat Cyprus twice and win more points in the next matches against Scotland and Georgia in their qualifying group. And try to do better against Spain. Their performance so far has landed them in fourth place in their qualifying group, ahead of only Cyprus and behind Scotland, Spain and Georgia.
The Norwegian team was also hampered by the absence of star player Erling Braut Haaland, who was out with a groin injury. The next qualifiers will take place on home turf at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo, against Scotland on June 17 and Cyprus on June 20.