//LIVE: Norway vs Spain

LIVE: Norway vs Spain


44′ Norway get the ball and break quickly again down the left. Selnaes’ low ball into the box finds Odegaard, who dummies neatly and looks for King, but it’s put out for a Norway corner. 

Norway

42′ King sees yellow for a late challenge. Norway are working hard to keep Spain at bay here.

40′ Ruiz has a pop from range that’s blocked. Corner for Spain. Oyarzabal fizzes the ball in and Saul’s header is over the bar. Spain really haven’t looked that threatening yet.

38′ Saul angles an over-the-top ball for Rodrigo which Hovland cuts out. Norway look to counter down their left. Odegaard plays the ball back and a lofted pass finds Elabdellaoui in the box! The right-back has plenty of time to shoot but hesitates, giving Kepa a routine save. He should have let rip sooner there.

37′ For all their possession, Spain have achieved diddly squat. Norway have actually had the better chances so far.

Spain

35′ Rodrigo gets the first booking of the game for a mistimed tackle. Told you he looked menacing.

34′ Rodrigo is caught offside again from Saul’s attempted through-ball. Rodrigo’s sporting a black eye at the moment, which must make him look even more menacing to defenders than usual.

32′ Sweden are 1-0 up in their game against Romania elsewhere in Group F, putting them in second place as things stand. Currently they’ll be five points behind Spain. Norway really need a win to keep the pressure on.

31′ Hovland gets into the action quickly, getting on the end of Odegaard’s corner. Spain quickly clear it away though.

Norway

30′ Nordtveit is replaced at centre-back by Hovland, who plys his trade at Rosenborg.

29′ Nordtveit is down again. It sadly looks like the centre-back will be unable to carry on.

28′ Norway put together a promising spell of play and get a corner down their left. It’s taken short and swung into the far post. Spain flounder a bit and King rattles a shot against the legs of Ramos. Norway corner again.

27′ Saul looks to play a one-two with Ceballos but the latter’s return pass is blocked by Henriksen. Nordtveit looks to be in a bit of difficulty with that injury he picked up earlier. He’s soldiering on for now.

25′ Navas wins Spain’s first corner of the game off Aleesami. Ramos is lurking but Norway get the initial corner away before Berge makes sure the chance is gone.

23′ Johansen fouls Bernat in Spain’s half. Spain play the ball forward quickly and it lands to Saul, who aims a shot for the bottom left corner. Jarstein has it covered.

21′ King wriggles down the inside-left channel and jinks towards the box. The Bournemouth striker stands the ball up for Elabdellaoui at the far post who can’t reach it. The cross eventually comes back in for King, who glances a header towards goal. Kepa drops low to keep it out! That was an opportunity for Norway, who need to make their chances count.

20′ Norway have their first real pop at Spain’s defence as the visitors lose the ball in midfield. Odegaard feeds King, who beats Albiol to the ball but is forced to hold it up. King passes back to Odegaard, whose cross in evades everyone in the box.

18′ Nordtveit stays down briefly with a knock but looks fine to continue. When play resumes, Ruiz looks to cut open Norway’s defence with a slide-rule pass but finds his effort cut out.

16′ Saul chips a nice cross from the left to Rodrigo at the far post. Aleesami does just enough to put him off. Norway can’t clear their lines, though. Navas whips another low cross in from the right and Rodrigo only has to poke it in but can’t just reach it.

15′ Johansen glides through the centre of midfield and finds Elabdellaoui out wide. The Olympiacos right-back crosses in but it’s nothing Ramos’ head can’t deal with. It’s a record 168th cap for Spain’s captain today.

14′ Rodrigo is penalised for a foul. Norway can’t keep the ball but chase after Bernat in Spain’s defensive third, eventually giving away a throw-in.

12′ Ruiz lofts the ball into the box but Norway clear the ball away from their penalty area. The home side look sturdy at the moment.

10′ Norway enjoy a spell of possession at the back. However, Spain look eager to press whenever they can. Eventually Jarstein pumps it long and King wins the header, but can nod it only to Ceballos.

9′ Norway are having to stay alert as Spain aren’t keen to give them a sniff of the ball. They eventually win the ball and Odegaard looks for a team-mate, but nothing is on.

8′ As you’d expect, Spain are dictating the play so far. Norway are playing more of a 4-4-1-1 with the Real Madrid midfielder Odegaard – on loan at Real Sociedad this season – just behind King.

6′ Norway half-heartedly claim for a penalty as King has his arm tugged in the box by Ramos as the pair jostle for a Norway cross from the left. The referee isn’t moved.

4′ Navas attempts a through-ball for Rodrigo, who’s offside. The Valencia striker has become Spain’s main outlet up front in recent months.

2′ Spain look to assert themselves early on, penning Norway into their half. Oyarzabal finds Rodrigo, who has a shot blocked in the centre of the box. Ceballos’ follow-up also finds a Norway man in the way.

1′ Referee Michael Oliver gets this game underway!

The two countries’ national anthems are impeccably observed. Norway will play in their red home shirt with blue shirts and socks; Spain are wearing their all-white away kit.

This game looks exciting – Norway have scored two goals in each of their home games in this group so far. It’s a shame that their in-form striker Erling Braut Haaland is missing with injury. Spain narrowly won the last time these two sides met – is a repeat on the cards?

Norway make one change from their last game, a 1-1 draw away to Sweden back in September, as Ajer comes in to partner Nordtveit at centre-back. Spain are very different from the second-choice team that beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 in their last match. Kepa starts in goal, while Rodrigo – two-goal scorer in that game – continues up front.

SUBS: Luis Alberto, Santi Cazorla, Gerard Moreno, Inigo Martinez, Rodrigo, Diego Llorente, Pau Lopez, Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Reguilon, Pablo Sarabia, David de Gea, Daniel Carvajal.

SPAIN (4-3-3): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Jesus Navas, Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos (c), Juan Bernat; Fabian Ruiz, Sergio Busquets, Saul Niguez; Mikel Oyarzabal, Rodrigo Moreno, Dani Ceballos.

SUBS: Orjan Nyland, Even Hovland, Jonas Svensson, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Tarik Elyounoussi, Mathias Normann, Sondre Rossbach, Alexander Sorloth, Sigurd Rosted, Birger Meling, Fredrik Midtsjo, Bjorn Maars Johnsen.

NORWAY (4-2-3-1): Rune Jarstein; Omar Elabdellaoui, Havard Nordtveit, Kristoffer Ajer, Haitam Aleesami; Markus Henriksen, Sander Berge; Stefan Johansen (c), Martin Odegaard, Ole Selnaes; Joshua King.

Norway, however, are in decent form themselves. Since losing to Spain in March, Norway have been unbeaten in Group F and need a win to keep the pressure on Romania and Sweden, who sit above them in the table. Let’s see how Lars Lagerback’s side fare!

Spain have the chance to secure qualification to Euro 2020 if they get a win against Norway tonight. Robert Moreno’s side have a perfect record in Group F so far – can they make it seven wins from seven?

Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of this Euro 2020 qualifying group F match between Norway and Spain at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo.

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