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Saturday, 26 May 2012
A Bama International Friendly

Norway 0 England 1 [0-1]
 

Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo
Attendance: 21,496;
Kick-off: 8.48pm CEST, 7.48pm BST;
Live on
ITV One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Ashley Young (dribble then twleve-yard shot 9 8:30) Match Summary
Norway Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 no yellow or red cards

Norway kicked-off. 95 minutes (46:05 & 49:12).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Germany

Norway

Type

England
Referee (yellow) - Michael Weiner
43 (21 March 1969), Ottenstein, FIFA-listed 2002.

Assistant Referees - Christoph Bonhorst, 42 (27 March 1970) & Holger Henschel, 39 (27 December 1972).

Fourth official - Geir Åge Masovn Holen, 44 (25 August 1967), Norway.

A red rose was handed to each of the Norway team from each of the England team, as a tribute to those who died in the Norwegian massacre of 22 July 2011.

11 Goal Attempts 7
4 Attempts on Target 5
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
10 Corner Kicks Won 2
0 Offside Calls Against 3
5 Fouls Conceded 7
55.5% Possession 44.5%

Norway Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th May 2012) 24th
ELO rating =28th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red shirts with navy blue (white trim) stripe, white shorts, red socks with navy blue (white trim) hoop.
Capt: Brede Hangeland Coach: Egil Roger Olsen, 70 (22 April 1942), appointed 1990-98, and again appointed 14 January 2009,
117th match, W 63 - D 29 - L 25 - F 205 - A 90.
Norway Lineup
1 Jarstein, Rune Almenning 27 29 September 1984 G Viking FK 20 0
2 Høgli, Tom, off injured 40th min. 28 24 February 1984 RB Club Brugge KV, Belgium 25 1
4 Demidov, Vadim S. 25 10 October 1986 CD Real Sociedad de Fútbol SAD, Spain 14 0
5 Hangeland, Brede P. 30 20 June 1981 CD Fulham FC, England 74 1
6 Riise, John Arne S. 31 24 September 1980 LB Fulham FC, England 102 14
7 Henriksen, Markus, off 84th min. 19 25 July 1992 M Rosenborg BK 7 0
15 Tettey, Alexander B., off 91st min. 26 4 April 1986 F Stade Rennais FC, France 13 0
21 Braaten, Daniel O., off 74th min. 30 25 May 1982 F Toulouse FC, France 35 2
9 Abdellaoue, Mohammed 26 23 October 1985 F Hannoverscher Sv von 1896, Germany 20 5
10 Elyounoussi, Tarik 24 23 February 1988 F Fredrikstad FK 9 3
11 Pedersen, Morten Gamst, off 62nd min. 30 8 September 1991 M Blackburn Rovers FC, England 73 16
Norway Substitutes
14 Ruud, Espen, on 40th min. (39:16) for Høgli 28 26 February 1984 D Odense BK, Denmark 20 1
16 Grindheim, Christian, on 62nd min. (61:50) for Pedersen 28 17 July 1983 M FC København, Denmark 50 2
18 Huseklepp, Erik A., on 74th min. (73.20) for Braaten 27 5 September 1984 F Portsmouth FC, England 28 7
22 Berisha, Valon, on 84th min. (83:40) for Henriksen 19 7 February 1993 M Viking FK 5 0
19 Jenssen, Ruben Yttergård, on 90th+1 min. (90:13) for Tettey 24 4 May 1988 M Tromsø Idrettslag 4 0

unused substitutes:

3-Kim André Madsen, 12-Espen Bugge Pettersen.
   
4-5-1 Jarstein -
Høgli
(Ruud), Demidov, Hangeland, Riise -
Elyounoussi, Henriksen
(Berisha), Tettey (Jenssen), Pedersen (Grindheim), Braaten (Huseklepp) -
Abdellaoue

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 35.6 3.8

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th May 2012) 7th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2011 away uniform - Dark blue shirts with light blue collar, light blue shorts, dark blue socks with light blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 16th captaincy. Gareth Barry, 46 mins. Joleon Lescott, 73 mins Coach: Roy Hodgson, 64, appointed 1 May 2012,
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 1 - A 0.
England Lineup
1 Green, Robert P. 32 18 January 1980 G West Ham United FC 12 9 GA
2 Jones, Philip A., off 88th min. 20 21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 5 0
3 Baines, Leighton J. 27 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 8 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 31 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 91 19
5 Jagielka, Philip N. 29 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 11 0
6 Lescott, Joleon P. 29 16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 15 0
7 Milner, James P. 26 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 25 0
8 Parker, Scott M., off 56th min. 31 13 October 1980 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 0
9 Carroll, Andrew T. 23 6 January 1989 F Liverpool FC 4 1
10 Young, Ashley S., off 73rd min. 26 9 July 1985 M Manchester United FC 20 6
11 Downing, Stewart, off 85th min. 27 22 July 1984 M Liverpool FC 34 0
England Substitutes
15 Barry, Gareth, on 46th min. for Gerrard, off injured 73rd min. 31 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 53 2
17 Walcott, Theo J., on 56th min. (55:22) for Parker. 23 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 23 3
16 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 73rd min. (72:38) for Young. 18 15 August 1993 M Arsenal FC 1 0
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 73rd min. (72:52) for Barry. 21 17 June 1990 M Liverpool FC 2 0
19 Johnson, Adam, on 85th min. (84:15) for Downing 24 14 July 1987 M Manchester City FC 11 2
12 Kelly, Martin R., on 88th min (87:19) for Jones 22 27 April 1990 RB Liverpool FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

13-Joe Hart, 18-Jermain Defoe.
   
4-5-1 Green -
Jones
(Kelly), Jagielka, Lescott, Baines -
Milner, Gerrard
(Barry (Henderson)), Young (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Parker (Walcott), Downing (Johnson) -
Carroll.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 21.4 2.3

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

You had to feel slightly sorry for England's new coach Roy Hodgson, as not only was he thrown in at the deep end with little time to spare before a big tournament, but also half his team was not available to him in this his first game.  Add the fact that the last England manager to win in Oslo was Alf Ramsey back in 1966, and the size of the task was there for all to see.  So the resultant and surprising win by England gave Hodgson the perfect start to his tenure.

As has been the case in recent games, England began the match well and with only four minutes gone on the clock they should have scored.  Stewart Downing made a fine break down the left and whipped in a superb cross for the marauding Andy Carroll to power in a fierce header.  He only had to hit the target to score a certain goal, but his header flew wide with the keeper beaten.  But if that was promising, then four minutes later the new manager was celebrating his first goal.  Carroll and Ashley Young combined and Young held possession as he moved forward through the inside-left channel.  Brede Hangeland tried to jockey him away from goal but a quick turn and a shimmy left Young clear of the big defender and his left-foot finish into the far corner was of the highest quality.  It was a magnificent goal and Young's fourth in his last four appearances.

Norway had their first chance on 11 minutes when Markus Henriksen fired in a shot that Rob Green scrambled around a post.  Then from the resultant corner Green was almost embarrassed by Morten Gamst Pederson's corner which struck a post as it curled in towards goal with Green nowhere.  The goalkeeper was lucky with that one but as the game wore on he was assured and confident in all that he did, and all in all laid a few ghosts to rest with his steady performance.

In the main England were in control throughout the half.  Joleon Lescott had a fine game at the heart of the defence and he was ably backed up by the rest of the back four.  Phil Jones, especially, was full of energy and enthusiasm and he not only defended well but supported the attack too.  He combined well on one occasion with James Milner and then Young volleyed over after more good work by Jones, Milner and Carroll.

Norway's build up was methodical but also a bit laboured, giving England time to organise at the back.  And their midfield, with Scott Parker and Steven Gerrard working hard, was able to snuff out any threat from the home side.  Daniel Braaten did head one half-chance over and a dangerous cross from John Arne Riise had to be hacked away by Phil Jagielka.  Gerrard was struggling with his passing and England, generally, gave the ball away a little too cheaply at times, something that Hodgson will want to address.

On 26 minutes another good cross by Downing caused Norway's defence problems and a minute later another good England break should have brought them another goal.  Young was all alone in the middle as Carroll broke down the right.  All it needed was a square pass to his feet, but Carroll overhit the pass and the chance went begging.  Leighton Baines made one good break down the left and forced a corner and then shortly after Jones crossed from the right but goalkeeper Rune Jarstein intercepted.  On 33 minutes yet another good attack saw Milner attack down the right.  He cleverly cut inside the defender and fired in a good left-foot shot, but again Jarstein managed to block the shot. 

The only danger coming from the home side was mainly through the mistakes by England, and one unforced error gave Mohammed Abdellaoue the chance to hit a shot wide.  The habit of giving the ball away with sloppy passing was affecting both teams and the final ten minutes of the half was a little scrappy.

At half-time Gerrard went off and Gareth Barry came on, and a minute into the half Young was fouled right on the edge of the box.  Milner and Baines lined the ball up and it was Baines who fired in a good dipping shot.  Jarstein did well to get across and tip the ball away.  Yet another England chance came on 48 minutes when Jones picked the ball up in his own half and attacked the Norwegian penalty box.  None of the defenders came to him so he fired in a 20 yard shot which took a deflection and struck the post with the keeper beaten again.  Riise then retaliated with a shot that Green got everything behind and both Jones and Carroll defended well as Norway tried to come back.

Theo Walcott came on for Parker, who was struggling for match fitness after his recent injury, and with both Parker and Gerrard now taken out of the side, the England midfield struggled to regain their grip on the game.  To make matters worse, it was clear that Barry was also not fit, and he eventually signalled to the bench that his groin was troubling him.

Just after the hour Riise, Norway's best player, easily beat Walcott on the left and fired in a fierce shot at the near post.  Again Green did his job and the keeper can be pleased with his game on this night.  But by this time England were showing signs of fatigue and Norway came forward at every opportunity.  It seemed only a matter of time before Norway scored, but Lescott and Jagielka held firm and to be fair there were no serious alarms on Green's goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then made his debut when he replaced goalscorer Young and Jordan Henderson came on for Barry.  Later further changes saw Adam Johnson come on for Downing and Martin Kelly also made a debutant appearance when he replaced the impressive Jones.

England had the best of the chances throughout and even right at the end of added time Johnson fired in a shot that required yet another save from Jarstein.

When England last won in Norway, in 1966, it was a month before that memorable 1966 World Cup victory.  The final of the Euro 2012 tournament is scheduled for one month's time.  Surely it can't be possible.... Can it?

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com

Fotball.no

SkySports.com/football
UEFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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