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Norway loses 4-2 after Zlatan hat-trick

A hat-trick from Sweden's star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic put paid to Norway's chances in Wednesday's friendly match at Stockholm's Friends Arena.

Norway loses 4-2 after Zlatan hat-trick
Zlatan joins Paris St Germain - Jean-francois Beausejour
Norway was neck and neck by half time, after goals from Mohammed Abdellaoue and Stefan Johansen equalled Ibrahimovic's first two strikes. 
 
But the lanky Bosnian pulled Sweden ahead in the 57th minute, blasting in a free kick which goal-keeper Rune Jarstein could not keep out.  Anders Svensson then hammered in Sweden's fourth goal in the 75th minute.
 
After the match, the Paris St-Germain star commended Norway for the quality of its game.  
 
"They are a tough team to face. It seems easy when I score three goals, but they were physically strong. And we let them play, so they played good football," he said. 
 
 

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Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland

Norway, which has suspended the use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine until further notice, will send 216,000 doses to Sweden and Iceland at their request, the Norwegian health ministry said Thursday.

Norway to send 200,000 AstraZeneca doses to Sweden and Iceland
Empty vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

“I’m happy that the vaccines we have in stock can be put to use even if the AstraZeneca vaccine has been paused in Norway,” Health Minister Bent Høie said in a statement.

The 216,000 doses, which are currently stored in Norwegian fridges, have to be used before their expiry dates in June and July.

Sweden will receive 200,000 shots and Iceland 16,000 under the expectation they will return the favour at some point. 

“If we do resume the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we will get the doses back as soon as we ask,” Høie said.

Like neighbouring Denmark, Norway suspended the use of the AstraZeneca jab on March 11 in order to examine rare but potentially severe side effects, including blood clots.

Among the 134,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Norway before the suspension, five cases of severe thrombosis, including three fatal ones, had been registered among relatively young people in otherwise good health. One other person died of a brain haemorrhage.

On April 15, Norway’s government ignored a recommendation from the Institute of Public Health to drop the AstraZeneca jab for good, saying it wanted more time to decide.

READ MORE: Norway delays final decision on withdrawal of AstraZeneca vaccine 

The government has therefore set up a committee of Norwegian and international experts tasked with studying all of the risks linked to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which is also suspected of causing blood clots.

Both are both based on adenovirus vector technology. Denmark is the only European country to have dropped the AstraZeneca
vaccine from its vaccination campaign, and said on Tuesday it would “lend” 55,000 doses to the neighbouring German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

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