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T Elyounoussi (43)
J King (66)

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World Cup qualifying Group E: Norway wrap up a 2-0 over Cyprus

Last Updated: 06/09/13 9:41pm

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Stathis Aloneftis: Is pursued by Stefan Johansen

Stathis Aloneftis: Is pursued by Stefan Johansen

Goals either side of half-time from Tarik Elyounoussi and Joshua King gave Norway a 2-0 win Cyprus on Friday.

The hosts, six points behind Group E leaders Switzerland before the latest round of fixtures, took their time to get going before taking the lead through Elyounoussi's 43rd-minute header.

Goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein pulled off a magnificent save to keep the scores level just after the interval before King made sure Norway walked away with the spoils in the 66th minute.

The victory temporarily moves Egil Olsen's men up to second in the standings and they would be hoping Slovenia could frustrate Albania at Sportni Park later on Friday night.

Chances were few and far between early on although it was the visitors, with just one win and a draw in their opening six matches, who started brightly with Efstathios Aloneftis forcing Norway keeper Jarstein into action.

The home side steadily started to find their feet and Tom Hogli had the game's best chance midway through the half when his strike was superbly tipped away by Cyprus goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides, with Brede Hangeland heading wide from the subsequent corner.

Yet Norway failed to capitalise on that, so it came as a bolt out of the blue when they took the lead with the interval approaching as Elyounoussi headed home from Stefan Johansen's corner.

Hangeland was denied by a last-ditch tackle by Giorgos Merkis as Norway started to assert control on proceedings in the second half, while Georgallides did marvellously well to palm away Elyounoussi's effort to keep the deficit down to one goal.

Jason Demetriou nearly levelled for the away side out of nowhere, with his point blank strike forced away by Jarstein.

It proved a crucial save as Norway doubled their advantage soon after as King drilled past Georgallides from Magnus Wolff Eikrem's left-wing cross.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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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