Norway lose 1-0 to Estonia in friendly

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Norway lose 1-0 to Estonia in friendly
Norway played Estonia at the Ullevaal stadium. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

Norway slumped to a home defeat to Estonia on Wednesday, losing 1-0 at home and increasing the pressure on boss Per-Mathias Hogmo ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Azerbaijan.


The game, held at the Ullevaal stadium, was an international friendly. Yet home advantage did not seem to favour the Norwegians, as Estonia dominated the first half and took a deserved lead in the 24th minute through midfielder Konstantin Vassiljev.

Martin Ødegaard made his appearance coming on as a sub in the 57th minute. The 15-year-old wonderkid could do little to change the final score however, and his quality passes were often squandered by team mates.

The teen did come close to scoring near the end of the match, but his shot went over the bar.

Ødegaard said to MAX after the match: “It was fun to play today, and I think that I came well out of it. We are never satisfied with losing, but we could have got a draw in the end.”
Norway coach Per-Mathias Høgmo summed up his team's performance: “We are of course dissatisfied with the result. In the first half we lacked intensity in both defence and attack. We lifted ourselves significantly in the second half, when we achieved a higher tempo, created more chances and we should have scored.”

Norway play Azerbaijan in Baku on Sunday and are three points behind group H leaders Croatia and Italy.


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