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GSP (ATT 3,500) 16th October 2012 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: Pawel Gil

Cyprus Cyprus vs Norway Norway

Cyprus 1

S Aloneftis (42)

ft

Norway 3

B Hangeland (45)
T Elyounoussi (pen 81)
J King (83)

Norway leave it late

Cyprus open the scoring but are left empty-handed

Last Updated: 16/10/12 9:51pm

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Brede Hangeland: Hauled Norway level

Brede Hangeland: Hauled Norway level

Norway scored two late goals as they came from behind to beat Cyprus 3-1 and boost their hopes of reaching a first World Cup since 1998.

The visitors trailed to a 42nd-minute goal from Efstathios Aloneftis, but the hosts could not hold out until half-time as Brede Hangeland quickly levelled.

Tarik Elyounoussi put the visitors in front 10 minutes from time with a penalty and substitute Joshua King made the points safe three minutes later.

The win moved Norway above Iceland and up to second place in Group E.

The hosts were first to threaten with Georgios Efrem's header bringing a fantastic parry from goalkeeper Rune Jarstein before his opposite number Tasos Kissas denied Tarik Elyounoussi from 12 yards.

Hangeland then met a John Arne Riise free-kick from the right, but saw his header come back off a post.

Back foot

The visitors were growing into the game and Alexander Soderlund had a shot parried by Kissas.

But, despite now being on the back foot, Cyprus took the lead in the 42nd minute as Aloneftis picked out the top corner from inside the area.

But Norway were level on the stroke of half-time as Soderlund laid the ball off to Hangeland, who finished low into the corner from six yards.

Cyprus continued to stand firm early in the second half before Norway finally completed their comeback in the 80th minute.

Elias Charalambous was penalised for a foul on King in the area and Elyounoussi stepped up to place the resulting spot-kick into the bottom left corner.

And King put the result beyond doubt three minutes later as he fired low into the net from 12 yards, Elyounoussi this time with the assist.

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FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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