Norway lose 1-0 to Estonia in friendly

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.

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

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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Martin Odegaard trains with Liverpool

Norway's top soccer talent Martin Ødegaard was spotted training with the Liverpool FC players on Thursday, prompting speculation he may sign for the club he has supported for many years.

Martin Odegaard trains with Liverpool
Martin Ødegaard. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix

The talented star of Norwegian side Strømsgodset supposedly impressed Liverpool's manager, Brendan Rodgers, reported TV 2.

Ødegaard arrived in Liverpool on Wednesday and was shown around Anfield. The next day he was training together with stars like Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling.
Rodgers said, when he was recently asked questions about 15-year-old Ødegaard: “He is a fantastic talent, but I don't have anything more to say. He’s the player of another club.”
It is well-known that Ødegaard is a Liverpool supporter.
Martin Ødegaard has been rumoured to be the target of some of Europe's top clubs. He recently went to Spain together with his father to visit Real Madrid. Also Manchester United has shown interest in signing the Norwegian teenager.
Chelsea, on the other hand, has resigned from the competition. Manager José Mourinho said on Tuesday that he felt the profile of the London club doesn’t fit Ødegaard.
Martin Ødegaard received last month the prize as Norway's Football Talent of the Year. He received his award in the break during the football cup final between Molde and Odd at Ullevål Stadium. Molde won the match 2-0.