Group Five round-up
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Norway made significant ground on Italy in Group Five with a 3-2 over Slovenia.Norway made significant ground on Italy at the top of Group Five as the Azzurri drew with Scotland and the Scandinavians secured a dramatic victory over Slovenia.
Aage Hareide's men started the day equal with Slovenia in the race for a play-off spot although now find themselves just two points behind Italy with three games to go.
Their trip to Celje was an exciting affair and Lyon hit-man John Carew set the tone after just one minute as he scored for the visitors.
However Slovenia replied in equally rapid fashion as Portsmouth striker Aleksandar Rodic netted two minutes later.
Claus Lundekvam's strike was then pegged back again by Robert Koren although Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen stole the headlines in injury time as he gave Norway's World Cup aspirations a substantial fillip with a late winner.
Moldova picked up their first win in Group Five as they earned a shock 2-0 victory over Belarus.
The visitors were hoping to take all three points in a bid to maintain their challenge for a play-off place although fell to two goals from Serghei Rogaciov.
The Saturn striker sent the Chisinau crowd into raptures as he surprised Anatoly Baidachny's side after just 15 minutes, and then added his second five minutes after half time.
Viktor Pasulko's men remain rock bottom after taking their points tally to five whilst Belarus's challenge is floundering as they remain five points shy of a play-off spot.
Scotland drew level with Belarus thanks to a fantastic 1-1 draw with Italy at Hampden Park.
Kenny Miller shocked the Azzurri after 13 minutes although substitute Fabio Grosso ensured that Italy remain in a strong position at the top of the group with 14 points.
Norway face Slovenia in the late kick-off in what is a crucial tie given that the two nations are tied for second place on nine points.