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Norge 2 - 2 Hrvatska

It was an exceptionally sunny day for the crowd of 109414 that came out to Bilstad Arena. Jon Johannesen was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Michał Skuciński and Roger Chapon. A 3-5-2 alignment was the formation of choice for Norge. The following players had been chosen: Andersen - Westerheim, Log, Midtlyng - Strand, Mortensholm, Liseth, Anderson, Sørum - Aarstad, Mork.

Hrvatska started off with a 5-3-2 lineup. Starters: Babarogić - Danilović, Bartulović, Jarni, Prvulović, Delavia - Séra, Tanasijević, Pulja - Strpić, Mujagić.

Norge were mostly trying to use their skill at attacking on the flanks. Hrvatska were relying on their ability to counter-attack. It was obvious that Norge had instructions to attack on the wings instead of in the middle. Norge had a good opportunity to take the lead as P. Liseth came up the left side, but he struck the ball weakly and it went straight into the arms of D. Babarogić. The opposing supporters gave the referee an earful when he only gave E. Strpić from Hrvatska a yellow card after a mistimed challenge from behind 14 minutes into the game. That was far too lenient! Norge were determined to attack on the wing and their central attempts were constantly abandoned in favour of the wings. After 16 minutes, the defensive line of Hrvatska created a counterattack through the middle that gave H. Mujagić a good look at the goal, but his shot glanced harmlessly off the crossbar. The home side put themselves ahead 1 - 0 after 23 minutes courtesy of a breakthrough from E. Westerheim, who scored with a stunning volley following a cross from the right wing. The corner kick from E. Westerheim was powerfully met by the head of H. Mortensholm to make the score 2 - 0. By now, the players in Norge felt that victory was guaranteed and began to play it safe, focusing on defence and not risking too much going forward. R. Aarstad's technique was perfect on this sunny day and led to some breathtaking tricks that bamboozled the defence. Halftime score was 2 - 0. Possession in this half belonged to Norge, who controlled the ball 70 percent of the time.

A great save by keeper D. Babarogić after 47 minutes kept the visitors in the game after K. Sørum struck from the left with a real cannonball. P. Liseth left the field with a smile on his face as he was substituted 69 minutes into the game, as his team was in the lead. T. Syvertsen was the replacement. Hrvatska needed a fresh pair of legs on the field, and after 70 minutes D. Séra made way for B. Jakušić. K. Sørum wanted to play on, but the Norge coach had other ideas, and he was replaced 74 minutes into the game by P. Hojem. Norge put in a good effort on the right, but J. Anderson saw his volley fly wide of the mark 82 minutes into the game. A penalty 83 minutes into the game gave the home side a chance at adding to the score, but an overconfident E. Westerheim shot the ball wide trying to put it away in the top corner. Hrvatska hit back on the counter attack 84 minutes into the game with a free kick. Initially it seemed wasted, hit wide towards the wing. But there was an idea to it - the ball was then crossed towards H. Mujagić, who was waiting for it in the box. That's 2 - 1! Don't forget to thank the set pieces coach for that idea! Hrvatska were great at switching from defence to attack, and after 86 minutes, R. Delavia swept through the middle on a counterattack, making the score 2 - 2. The coach of Norge wanted to try to change things around after 86 minutes, and gave new tactical instructions. After 87 minutes, the Norge coach wanted to see a new face on the pitch, waving O. Log off the field. B. Stjärnhall took his place. Under heavy pressure after 88 minutes, the inexperienced Hrvatska struggled to maintain their level of play. Norge's R. Aarstad got himself booked for a foul. E. Strpić wasn't much help defensively. His energy-consuming forward runs proved quite costly in the oppressive heat. With 89 minutes gone, E. Strpić suddenly found himself completely free on the right wing when a counterattack by Hrvatska caught their opponents by surprise. Only a great save by the opposing keeper prevented him from scoring. Norge had most of the ball, with 72 percent of possession.

Norge's top performer was clearly H. Mork. However, P. Hojem made a disastrous appearance. The most dominating Hrvatska player was without a doubt H. Mujagić. B. Jarni was a disappointment, however. The match ends 2 - 2.

Rating details

Midfield titanic (high) solid (very low) 59 25 15/20 7/20
Right defence world class (high) divine (very high) 51 80 13/20 20/20
Central defence brilliant (very high) utopian (very high) 44 76 11/20 19/20
Left defence supernatural (very low) divine (very high) 53 80 14/20 20/20
Right attack brilliant (high) inadequate (very high) 43 20 11/20 5/20
Central attack passable (very high) brilliant (very low) 24 41 6/20 11/20
Left attack brilliant (very high) world class (very high) 44 52 11/20 13/20
 
Indirect set pieces
Defence formidable (very low) formidable (low) 33 34 9/20 9/20
Attack passable (low) passable (high) 22 23 6/20 6/20
 
Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill utopian magical 19 18 19/20 18/20
 

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Highlights

1 - 0  E. Westerheim 23'
2 - 0  H. Mortensholm 28'
2 - 1  H. Mujagić 84'
2 - 2  R. Delavia 86'
1 booking accumulated E. Strpić 14'
1 booking accumulated R. Aarstad 89'
Substitution Out  P. Liseth
In  T. Syvertsen
69'
Substitution Out  D. Séra
In  B. Jakušić
70'
Substitution Out  K. Sørum
In  P. Hojem
Offensive To  Towards Middle
74'
Behaviour A. Midtlyng
Normal  To  Offensive
86'
Substitution Out  O. Log
In  B. Stjärnhall
Normal To  Offensive
87'

Possession

70%
30%
72%
28%
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Rating details

Please note that the percentages above are meant to guide you, but they do not equate to the exact probabilities (to score for example) used in the match engine.

Indirect set pieces

Defence formidable (very low) formidable (low) 33 34 9/20 9/20
Attack passable (low) passable (high) 22 23 6/20 6/20

Miscellaneous

Team attitude (Hidden) (Hidden)
Tactic Attack on wings Counter-attacks
Tactic skill utopian magical 19 18 19/20 18/20

Average ratings

Total player experience supernatural (very low) world class (low) 53 50 14/20 13/20
Average midfield titanic (high) solid (very low) 59 25 15/20 7/20
Average defence world class (low) divine (very high) 50 80 13/20 20/20
Average attack outstanding (very low) outstanding (low) 37 38 10/20 10/20
Total average world class (very low) magnificent (very high) 49 48 13/20 12/20

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