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Fragments in Norway’s joy: Maanum wounded


(Kosovo-Norway 0-3) The victory against Kosovo should have been much higher, but Norway has a 13-0 goal difference after two matches in the World Cup qualifying phase.

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Norway won 10-0 over Armenia last Thursday in their first match. Kosovo was a slightly better team and managed to limit the loss to 0-3 in Pristina on Tuesday night.

The bad news is that Arsenal’s Frida Maanum had to be helped off the pitch at the end of an unfortunate encounter with the Kosovo goalkeeper’s knee.

– Frida has received a contusion in the rib, informed the press officer Ingvild Isaksen to VG on Tuesday night.

According to the Great Medical Lexicon, “concussion” is a “crush injury in connection with a shock or blow to the body.”

The injury does not feel bad to Arsenal:

Naturally, Maanum will inform Arsenal about the injury first.

Ingvild Isaksen informs VG that the national team doctor says that “he will probably be in pain for a while, but he assumes he is back in play relatively quickly.”

Martin Sjögren is very happy that Norway managed to create so many chances, not so happy that there are only three goals.

– We should score at least eight goals. We just have to admit that we weren’t good enough today to score goals. We just have to make sure he improves for the next game, says Caroline Graham Hansen in the interview that the national team itself has published on social networks.

– We must establish the occasions that we did not set ourselves today, when we face Poland and Belgium.

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– I’m happy with these two games when we add six points and have a 13-0 goal difference, but it will be completely different when we get to the next two games, against Poland and Belgium, the two most difficult opponents in this group. beforehand, says national team coach Martin Sjögren to VG.

– It will be a completely different kind of match. Our defense has not been tested in these two games against Armenia and Kosovo. But if we keep the same structure as now, we have great opportunities for good results also in the next match, continues the Swede.

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Martin Sjögren’s team took the lead with an own goal. Frida Maanum played through Guro Reiten, who headed in the direction of Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland. He never got the ball, because Kosovo’s Viola Avduli hit the ball into her own goal. By then, 12 minutes had passed.

The 2-0 came when Amalie Eikeland came in on the right side and Rosenborg’s jewel, Julie Blakstad, ran out. The ball went in at a difficult height, but Blakstad put a foot on the ball, finding its way to the net under the crossbar.

Norway completely dominated in the first half and should have scored more goals.

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The 3-0 came in a good attack. Guro Reiten and Frida Maanum combined well, and Lisa-Marie Karlseng Utland was honored to put the ball into an open goal.

Samme Utland couldn’t move her legs to make it 4-0, and substitute Vilde Bøe Risa flew the ball from close range.

At the start of the match, Amalie Eikeland was probably deprived of a goal as the ball was apparently over the line, but the trio of Estonian referees meant something else.

Guardian Cecilie Fiskerstrand had more than enough to keep her warm. He has yet to concede a goal in the World Cup qualifiers. Kosovo was barely in the middle of the Norwegian countryside.

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Martin Sjögren had made three changes since the starting eleven against Armenia: abroad at the top, Ingrid Syrstad Engen in midfield and Amalie Eikeland on the right wing.

Systad Engen was back from injury, but this time she had to leave the field injured after receiving a blow to the neck. However, it did not seem to be something serious for the Barça player.

Kosovo played 1-1 against neighboring Albania in their first qualifying match.

Norway’s next game is against Poland on October 21. The World Cup finals will take place in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.


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