Estonia inflicts defeat on Norway

Konstantin Vassiljev after scoring the only goal of the game (AFP/Scanpix)
11/13/2014 9:20 AM
Category: Sports

The Estonian national football team began a seven-day span in which it has three international games in the best possible way, beating Norway in Oslo thanks to a Konstantin Vassiljev goal.

Vassiljev scored on the 24th minute from a strike inside the box, but had to thank the Norwegian goalkeeper who could have done much better with the shot. Those in Estonia can watch the goal here.

Otherwise Norway dominated most of the game, and had a number of good chances, especially after wunderkind Martin Odegaard came in the game in the 57th minute. The 15-year old showed why he is talked about as the next big thing with fancy footwork, a few quality crosses and shots.

Estonia showed the progress made under new coach Magnus Pehrsson, a Swede, putting in a spirited fight, especially in the midfield area, which Estonian national teams tend to leave to the opponent.

Vassiljev had a superb chance early in the game, hitting the woodwork from near the half-way line. It would have been his third long-distance goal in as many weeks. Estonia held on to the win despite six minutes of overtime, with Norway pressing hard.

San Marino, the only qualifying game, is up next on Saturday, followed by a home friendly against Jordan on November 18.


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