(EFE) – Forward Erling Haaland put the reunion on track with the triumph of Norway that beat Latvia in Riga (0-2) by scoring the first of his team’s goals, in the qualifying round for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The team led by Stale Solbakken provisionally took the lead in Group G ahead of Turkey and the Netherlands, who still have their commitments for Matchday 5 pending.
Former Real Madrid player Martin Odegaard was part of the Scandinavian team’s starting eleven. Forward Alexander Sortloth, a new signing for Real Sociedad, took the field at game time in the position of Kristian Thorstvedt.
It was precisely a foul in the area committed on the Genk midfielder by Raivis Jurkovski that led to the penalty that Haaland transformed in the twenty-minute mark that the clash broke out.
The Borussia Dortmund striker scored his second consecutive goal in qualifying after the one he scored last Wednesday against the Netherlands.
Norway ruled the game in the 66th minute through Southampton striker Mohamed Elyounoussi after receiving a pass from Birger Meling.
Two minutes from time, the Norwegian coach removed Haaland, replaced by Joshua King, and Odegaard, who replaced Jens Hauge.
Norway’s third qualifying win propels them to the top of Group G with two points ahead of Turkey, who take on Gibraltar, and three points ahead of the Netherlands and Montenegro, who face each other in Eindhoven.