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First Round

  • Sun. 18th June: (Group C)
    Game 16 Norway - Yugoslavia
    Sclessin stadium, Liège (20:45)

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Norway

Previous Game:
Spa - Nor (0-1)

Game 16

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Yugoslavia

Previous Game:
Yug - Slo (3-3)

Ten-man Yugoslavia pulled back a three goal deficit against Slovenia, to tie their opening game 3-3, while Norway beat the group favourites Spain by a solitary Iversen header, in the 66th minute of theirs. Win this game and Norway will be in the quarter-finals.

Yugoslavia will be without their captain, Sinisa Mihajlovic, who's sending-off against Slovenia sparked off their remarkable come-back. If Yugoslavia show that sort of commitment against Norway, who will be without Henning Berg through injury, they should have no trouble moving to the top of the group.

Savo Milosevic, the substitute who scored two of the three goals in Yugoslavia's recovery, may find himself starting the game this time. Milosevic is currently the leading goalscorer in the tournament, together with Slovenia's Zlatco Zhaovic and Thierry Henry of France.

While Yugoslavia are unpredictable and will be a challenge to the Norwegians, Norway's game plan is easier for the Yugoslavs. They'll know that Tore Andre Flo is the target for the long ball, and that he'll lay the high balls off for Steffen Iversen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Cut out the supply and the man up the front is isolated.

Norway Team:
1-Thomas Myhre
2-Andre Bergdolmo, 3-Bjorn Otto Bragstad, 16-Dan Eggen, 14-Vegard Heggem
7-Erik Mykland, 18-Steffen Iversen, 11-Bent Skammelsrud
19-Eirik Bakke, 9-Tore Andre Flo, 20-Ole Gunnar Solksjaer

Yugoslavia Team:
22-Ivica Kralj
3-Goran Djorovic, 4-Slavisa Jokanovic, 13-Slobodan Komljenovic, 14-Nisa Saveljic
5-Miroslav Djukic, 7-Vladimir Jugovic, 10-Dragan Stojkovic, 17-Ljubinko Drulovic
8-Predrag Mijatovic, 9-Savo Milosevic

Referee: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

First Half:
Fast and furious first-half with Yugoslavia getting the better of the breaks. Milosevic gets in with an early header as a sign of things to come.

In the 8th minute Yugoslavia take the lead. Milosevic with a nifty back-heel in the area from Drulovic's free-kick; to equal Zahovic's tally of three goals in the tournament so far.

Straight away, they look for a second. Drulovic with his shot blocked by Tore Andre Flo's thigh.

Tore Andre Flo came close himself in the 13th minute as he pick up Mykland's pass inside the area; the shot palmed away for corner.

Another excellent move for Yugoslavia four minutes later.
Drulovic chips the ball through to Milosevic, who heads back to Mijatovic with a great chance to make it two. Too slow.

Just before the half-hour, Mijatovic has a shot tipped over the bar by Myhre.

Vegard Heggem retires injured on 35minutes and is replaced by Stig Inge Bjornebye.

Seven minutes before the break, Iversen gets a toe in to deflect Stoijkovic's drive for a corner.

A lot of running by both sides with Norway happy the scoreline is still respectable.
Half-time: 0-1.

Second Half:
Norway never seemed like getting back into the game in the second half, even though Yugoslavia again had a player sent off. Kezman came on for Mijhatovic in the 87th minute and was sent off in the next, for a late challenge on Mykland's ankle.

The second-half proved a physical affair and there will be plenty of bruises needing treatment before the last group games. This group is still wide open, and even Slovenia are in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals if they beat Norway.

John Carew came on for injured team-mate Steffen Iversen with twenty minutes to go but his finishing was appalling; missing an open invitation to level the score just before the final whistle.

Result: Norway 0 -- Yugoslavia 1

Man of the Match: Drulovich.

 

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