Norway beat Slovenia with last-gasp penalty

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Norway beat Slovenia with last-gasp penalty
Jon Arne Riise celebrates after scoring the crucial winning goal (Photo: Tore Meek/NTB Scanpix)

John Arne Riise scored a last-minute penalty as Norway bounced back from their opening-day defeat with a 2-1 win over Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo on Tuesday.


Coach Egil “Drillo” Olsen got the immediate reaction he needed from his players after a shock reverse in Reykjavik on Friday made Brazil 2014 seem a distant and unlikely destination.

The evening started badly for Olsen’s team with Marko Šuler popping up to score in the 17th minute after Norway failed to clear from a free kick.

But the Norwegians were back on level terms just nine minutes latesras Markus Henriksen reacted fastest to head home after Tarik Elyounoussi saw his shot rebound from the crossbar.

Four minutes into added time, Norway were rewarded for a vibrant second-half performance as Riise slotted his penalty kick after Dejan Kelhar felled Alexander Søderlund in the area.



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