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Wednesday, 2 June 1993
1994 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group Two qualification match

Norway 2 England 0 [1-0]


Match Summary
Norway Squad
England Squad

Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo
Kick-off: 8.00pm local, tbc BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler. Second half live on BBC (UK) - Commentator - John Motson and Trevor Brooking.

Norway - Oyvind Leonhardsen (43), Lars Bohinen (53)
Results 1990-1995

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Match Summary

Officials from Hungary




Referee (-) - Sandor Puhl
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Sandor Szilagyi and Laszlo Varga.

Reserve Linesman - Lajos Hartmann.

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Norway Team



FIFA (December 1992) 14th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 27th to 21st
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red v-necked shadow striped jerseys with white sleeves/collar, red/black shoulder stripes and black Adidas trim, white shorts with red Adidas trim, black socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt:   Manager:  
Norway Lineup
1 Thorstvedt, Erik     G     GA
2 Halle, Gunnar            
3 Pedersen, Tore            
4 Bratseth, Rune            
5 Bjørnbye, Stig Inge            
6 Flo, Jostein            
7 Mykland, Erik            
8 Leonhardsen, Øyvind            
9 Fjørtoft, Jan Åge            
10 Rekdal, Kjetil            
11 Bohinen, Lars            
Norway Substitutes
unused substitutes: 12-Einar Rossbach, 13-Kåre Ingebrigsten, 14-Roger Nilsen, 15-Jan Ove Pedersen, 16-Gøran Søorloth.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



FIFA (December 1992) 5th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th to 10th
Colours: The 1993 Umbro home uniform - White collared shadowed zig-zag jersey with navy collar/red trim, navy shadowed zig-zag shorts with red hem, white socks with navy tops/red trim.
Capt: David Platt, fifth captaincy Manager: Graham Taylor, 48 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
32nd match, W 16 - D 12 - L 4 - F 50 - A 24.
England Lineup
1 Woods, Christopher C.E. 33 14 November 1959 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 42 23 GA
2 Dixon, Lee     RB      
3 Pallister, Gary A. 27 30 June 1965 CD Manchester United FC 6 0
4 Palmer, Carlton L. 27 5 December 1965 CM Sheffield Wednesday FC 15 1
5 Walker, Desmond     LB      
6 Adams, Tony     CD      
7 Platt, David A. 26 10 June 1966 M Juventus FC SpA, Italy 40 18
8 Gascoigne, Paul J. 26 27 May 1967 M SS Lazio SpA, Italy 27 5
9 Ferdinand, Leslie            
10 Sheringham, Edward P., off 46th min. 27 2 April 1966 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
11 Sharpe, Lee S. 22 27 May 1971 M Manchester United FC 3 0
England Substitutes
16 Wright, Ian E., on 46th min. for Sheringham 29 3 November 1963 F Arsenal FC 10 1
12 Clough, on 63rd min.            
unused substitutes: 13-David Seaman, 14-David Batty, 15-Andy Sinton.
3-5-2 Woods -
Dixon, Adams, Walker -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Graham Taylor gambled on playing with three central defenders at the back, but the players were clearly uncomfortable with the new tactics. Des Walker was caught napping when Norway took a forty-third minute lead through Leonhardsen, the Norwegian scoring a scrappy goal as Walker stood still disputing a refereeing decision. Eight minutes after half-time Walker - one of the quickest defenders in the English game - was outpaced before Bohinen beat goalkeeper Chris Woods at his near post to seal a humiliating World Cup qualifying match defeat. Graham Taylor came in for some savage criticism, particularly for introducing new, untried tactics in such a crucial game. England now had to win all three of their remaining qualifying matches to stand even an outside chance of going to the United States for the finals. Perhaps the upcoming friendly trip to the United States would help lift morale? Don't bet on it.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official Teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author