Norway - Serbia

Europe: Euro Qualification
Norway M. Normann (88)
Ullevaal StadionAET1-2
Serbia S. Milinković-Savić (81), S. Milinković-Savić (102)

Haaland and Sørloth eliminated from European Championship

By Peter Vice

Bundesliga stars Erling Haaland and Alexander Sørloth saw their European dream end Thursday night in the freezing October Oslo rain. A late equalizer by Matthias Normann saw the Scandinavian Lions push the match into extra time, but a 102nd minute goal by Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic ensured that Serbia advanced 2-1 in the delayed European Championship qualification playoffs. 

Erling Haaland.
Erling Haaland.Photo: Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0

Erling Haaland just couldn't carry his Bundesliga form from this weekend over for his country. Despite being deployed alongside Leipzig's Alexander Sørloth in a menacing 4-4-2, the Dortmund superstar couldn't get much going offensively for head coach Lars Lägerbeck's Løvene.

Opponents Serbia dominated the first half proceedings with the two potent weapons up top getting virtually no looks at goal. Haaland did manage to get an attempt in off a set piece in the 33rd, but his effort was cooly defused by Nemanja Maksimovic. The two German club attackers would not get any other noteworthy chances thereafter.

Milinkovic-Savic opened the scoring moments after being subbed on in the 80th with an 82nd minute set-piece conversation. The Norwegian response came out of nowhere. Substitute Normann found the back of the net in the 88th with a brilliant effort from just outside the penalty area.   

As they had for most of the night, the Serbs had the better chances in extra time. Hertha BSC keeper Rune Jarstein did his utmost to keep it level with a few stellar saves. The 36-year-old was nevertheless powerful when Milinkovic lifted in a stunner from a very acute angle three minutes before the extra time break. The Serbs were clever enough to park the bus thereafter. 

The EM dream continues for Bundesliga Serbian internationals Millos Veljkovic (SV Werder Bremen) and Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt), neither of whom played in the fixture. Hoffenheim's Mijact Gacinovic came on for the final 15 minutes, but did not truly factor in. 

1Rune Jarstein
14Omar Elabdellaoui ↪116
4Tore Reginiussen ↪90
3Kristoffer Ajer
2Haitam Aleesami ↪105
10Martin Ødegaard ↪111
15Sander Berge
19Markus Henriksen ↪46
8Stefan Johansen (C) ↪66
9Alexander Sørloth
23Erling Håland
12André Hansen
13Sondre Rossbach
7Joshua King ↩66
20Jens Hauge
5Sigurd Rosted
6Stefan Strandberg ↩90
16Jonas Svensson
17Martin Linnes ↩105
11Mohamed Elyounoussi ↩111
18Fredrik Midtsjø
21Mathias Normann ↩46
22Morten Thorsby ↩116
12Predrag Rajković
5Nikola Milenković
13Stefan Mitrović
11Aleksandar Kolarov (C)
17Darko Lazović ↪105
10Dušan Tadić
6Nemanja Maksimović ↪80
8Nemanja Gudelj
19Mihailo Ristić
21Filip Đuričić ↪80
9Aleksandar Mitrović
1Marko Dmitrović
23Emil Rockov
15Dušan Vlahović
18Luka Jović
2Milos Veljkovic
3Filip Mladenović
4Luka Milivojević ↩80
7Nemanja Radonjić
14Mijat Gaćinović ↩105
16Saša Lukić
20Sergej Milinković-Savić ↩80
22Adem Ljajić

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