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Nations League: Northern Ireland humbled 5-1 by clinical Norway

Mohamed Elyounoussi fires past Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the opening goal of the game

Northern Ireland suffered a bruising 5-1 Nations League defeat by Norway in manager Ian Baraclough’s first home game in charge.

A frantic start saw Paddy McNair equalise Mohamed Elyounoussi’s second-minute opener before the the visitors took control at Windsor Park.

The impressive Erling Haaland scored with two excellent strikes, while Alexander Sorloth also netted a double.

NI drew 1-1 with Romania in their first match in the competition on Friday.

After the euphoria of Gavin Whyte’s late equaliser which earned a point in Bucharest after Josh Magennis had been sent off, this loss was a chastening experience for the squad.

The only positive was captain Steven Davis equalling Pat Jennings’ all-time appearance record of 119 matches, but the Rangers man will be in no mood for celebrations after he and his team-mates were outclassed.

Three-one down after 19 minutes thanks to goals from Elyounoussi, Haaland and Sorloth, that scoreline remained unchanged until half-time before another quickfire double from Haaland and Sorloth soon after the break took the game away from a hapless home side.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Northern Ireland

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2Smith
  • 4BallardBooked at 36minsSubstituted forBoyceat 45′minutes
  • 20CathcartBooked at 69mins
  • 11Ferguson
  • 8Davis
  • 15Thompson
  • 14Dallas
  • 17McNair
  • 6SavilleSubstituted forEvansat 71′minutes
  • 16WashingtonSubstituted forLaveryat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Galbraith
  • 5McLaughlin
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Boyce
  • 10Lafferty
  • 12McGovern
  • 13Evans
  • 19Cooper
  • 21McCalmont
  • 22Lavery
  • 23Carson

Norway

  • 1Jarstein
  • 14ElabdellaouiSubstituted forSvenssonat 79′minutes
  • 5Hovland
  • 3Ajer
  • 2AleesamiSubstituted forMelingat 78′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8JohansenSubstituted forKingat 71′minutes
  • 19Henriksen
  • 21Normann
  • 11Elyounoussi
  • 9Sørloth
  • 23Haaland

Substitutes

  • 4Hanche-Olsen
  • 6Gabrielsen
  • 7King
  • 10Fossum
  • 12Nyland
  • 13Løvseth Rossbach
  • 15Berge
  • 16Svensson
  • 17Linnes
  • 18Berg
  • 20Thorsby
  • 22Meling

Referee:
Bartosz Frankowski

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