Norway 4-0 Hungary
Norway chalked out its second 4-0 performance in less than a week, crushing Hungary at the Ullevål stadium on Wednesday.
A turn of form for Norway has seen them come back in contention for the qualification spot for next year's Euro 2008 finals. The first chance fell to Norway as early as in 7th minute when Hungary goalkeeper Zoltan Vegh parried out Erik Hagen's header.
John Carew got his first chance of the match soon after, however he was only able to poke the ball wide of the goal. Zoltan Gera created Hungary's first chance of the match, but his effort was blocked by Hakon Opdal. Norway took the lead in the 22nd minute when Steffen Iversen headed home a Martin Andresen corner from just six yards out.
Norway coach Aage Hareide changed things at half time, introducing Daniel Braaten in place of Iversen while Kristofer Haestad replaced Christian Grindheim. Hungary started the second half with same urgency to level the score and very nearly did so with a 16-yard strike by midfielder Daniel Tozser that just missed the target.
Hungary was getting closer to equalize the match an Opdal came to Norway's rescue once again when he pulled off a sensational save to keep out a fierce drive by Tamas Hajnal. Norway started to settle into a rhythm and were rewarded with two goals in three minutes.
Substitute Braaten doubled the lead for Norway in the 57th minute when he gleefully accepted a pass by Carew and passed the ball into an empty net after keeper Zoltan Vegh had rushed out to block Carew from scoring. Carew got his first of the game three minutes later, latching on to a through ball from Andersen before launching the ball into the net.
The Aston Villa striker doubled his tally in the 78th minute, tapping in from five yards after reaching John Arne Riise's cross from the left wing. Norway head into September fixtures against Moldova and Greece level on points against second placed Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey. Norway v Hungary ended 4-0.
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