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Qemal Stafa Stadium (ATT 15,000) 7th June 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: W Collum

Albania Albania vs Norway Norway

Albania 1

V Rama (41)

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Norway 1

T Hogli (87)

Norway peg back Albania

Last Updated: 07/06/13 9:57pm

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Edgar Cani competes with Norway's Markus Henriksen

Edgar Cani competes with Norway's Markus Henriksen

Norway put the brakes on Albania's surge towards a first World Cup appearance as Tom Hogli forced a draw in Friday night's Group E meeting.

Victory would have seen Albania leapfrog Switzerland to leave Norway struggling in the wrong half of the table, and Valdet Rama's opener certainly gave the Scandinavians food for thought.

But Norway's determination to avoid an embarrassing double defeat to Friday night's opponents helped Hogli rescue a point at the death.

Egil Olsen's men arrived in Tirana with the added pressure of avenging a shock 1-0 loss to the Albanians in March.

The hosts sensed that anxiety as Mergim Mavray forced Rune Almenning Jarstein to tip over in a matter of seconds.

Hamdi Salihi, who scored in Oslo, then went close after Joshua King had tested Etrit Berisha's reflexes at the other end.

But four minutes before the break it was Rama who cut inside from the left wing to beat Jarstein at his near post.

Emiljano Vila missed from distance as play resumed and Salihi sent Jarstein sprawling with a header in the 67th minute.

Norway struggled to respond but hush would eventually descend in Tirana three minutes from time.

Hogli was the man best placed to nod home Espen Ruud's corner and the plucky Albanians were left to wonder what might have been.

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    Fri 7th Jun - Group B
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    • Azerbaijan
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    • Portugal
      1 - 0
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    Fri 7th Jun - Group I
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    • Latvia
      0 - 5
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    • Liechtenstein
      1 - 1
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    Fri 7th Jun - Group A
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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 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