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Ullevaal Stadium (ATT 11,200) 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: K Blom

Norway Norway vs Albania Albania

Norway 0

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Albania 1

H Salihi (67)
A Lila (S/O 88)

Albania dent Norway hopes

Salihi scored only goal of Group E contest before Lila sent-off

Last Updated: 22/03/13 9:17pm

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Hamdi Salihi: Notched winner for Albania

Hamdi Salihi: Notched winner for Albania

Norway's World Cup qualification hopes suffered a blow with a narrow 1-0 home defeat to Albania in Oslo.

Hamdi Salihi's 67th-minute strike put Albania ahead in the Group E contest, before the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the closing stages after Andi Lila picked up two bookings in quick succession.

Despite their numerical advantage, Norway, who started the day second in the group, were unable to salvage anything from the game and dropped down two places to fourth with the defeat.

Albania stay third in the group and Iceland are up to second - with both teams two points better off than the Norwegians - after their victory in Slovenia.

Salihi produced the game's first attempt on goal with a shot in the third minute that was comfortably saved by Rune Jarstein, and Tarik Elyounoussi headed wide at the other end.

Migjen Basha then fired the wrong side of Jarstein's post before Elyounoussi saw an effort blocked by Armend Dallku.

Seconds later John Arne Riise sent the ball over the bar left-footed from Elyounoussi's corner.

Off-target

Salihi was off-target with two further shots, but following an Elyounoussi effort that went too high just before the hour mark, the Albania striker broke the deadlock with a right-footed finish into the top corner having been teed up by Ervin Bulku.

After Salihi struck another attempt over, Norway pushed for the equaliser, with Tom Hogli shooting wide and Mohamed Abdellaoui bringing a fantastic parry out of Etrit Berisha.

Lila was then shown a yellow card in the 84th minute for time-wasting and another three minutes later for a foul on Abdellaoui.

Riise could only send the resulting free-kick into the wall and Albania held on for all three points.

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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group F
    • Israel
      3 - 3
      Portugal
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    • Luxembourg
      0 - 0
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group A
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group E
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group C
    • Kazakhstan
      0 - 3
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    • Austria
      6 - 0
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    • Sweden
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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group D
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group G
    Fri 22nd Mar - Group H
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Tables

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 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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