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Norway 1-1 Spain: King penalty keeps qualification hopes alive

Norway 1-1 Spain: Josh King’s stoppage time penalty keeps hosts’ Euro 2020 qualification dreams alive

  • Norway ended Spain’s perfect Euro 2020 qualifying record by earning a draw 
  • Sergio Ramos overtook Iker Casillas as Spain’s most-capped player of all time 
  • Spain opened the scoring on 47 minutes when Saul’s volley beat Rune Jarstein
  • Fabian Ruiz almost doubled the visitors’ lead by hitting the woodwork twice 
  • Josh King scored from the spot after Kepa Arrizabalaga felled Omar Elabdellaoui

Bournemouth’s Joshua King won a point for Norway against Spain scoring a penalty against Kepa Arrizabalga after the Chelsea keeper had given away the injury-time spot-kick.

Kepa smashed into the advancing Omar Elabdellaoui and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot booking Kepa.

King, who had impressed throughout, scored and Norway won a deserved point. 

Josh King celebrates scoring a penalty which gave Norway a deserved point against Spain

Spain players celebrate after Saul Niguez’ volley finds the back of the net in Norway

For a long time it looked as if record breaking Sergio Ramos – who has now played more games for Spain than any other player – was going to get the better of his Real Madrid team-mate Martin Odegaard in the Euro 2020 qualifier in Oslo.

Odegaard has impressed this season on loan at Real Sociedad and he took that form into this game in Oslo.

But after Saul’s second half shot from distance put Spain ahead King boosted Norway’s hopes of making next summer’s tournament.

Fulham’s Stefan Johansen battles for the ball with Spain’s Saul Niguez and Dani Ceballos

MATCH FACTS 

Norway: Jarstein, Elebdellaoui, Ajer, Nordveit (Hovland 30), Aleesami, Johansen (Sorloth 63), Berge, Henriksen (Johnsen 83), Selnaes, Odegaard, King

Subs not used: , Midtsjoe, Normann, Johnsen, Svensson, Rossbach, Rosted, Nyland, Tarik Elyounoussi

Bookings: King

Goals: King (90+3) 

Spain: Arrizabalaga, Bernat (Martinez 88), Albiol, Ramos, Navas, Saul, Busquets, Fabian, Ceballos (Cazorla 64), Rodrigo, Oyarzabal (Rodri 78)

Subs not used: de Gea, Reguilon, Llorente, Luis Alberto, Sarabia, Pau Lopez, Thiago, Carvajal, Gerard

Bookings: Rodrigo, Busquets, Ruiz, Ramos, Arrizabalaga

Goals: Saul (47)

Referee:  Michael Oliver

Ramos said after the game: ‘It was tough playing a team that knew if it lost it would be practically out of the Euros.’

Spain started with players from eleven different club sides for the first time in their history. 

And they started well with Jesus Navas flashing a cross in from the right that just evaded Rodrigo Moreno.

Norway responded well and when Elabdellaoui crossed with a Rabona-style centre from the right, King got his head to it but could not guide it past Kepa.

King then had a shot blocked by Ramos who was making his 168th appearance for Spain.

King was linking well with Odegaard and after one move involving both the ball dropped perfectly for Elabdellaoui. 

He took to long over his shot and ended up hitting it straight at Kepa.

The lively King was then booked for a late challenge on Saul who would get the goal for Spain.

Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard gestures towards match referee Michael Oliver

Norway came close in the first half when Josh King’s header was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga

Just a minute into the second period the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area and he fired a long shot that bounced just in front of Rune Jarstein who couldn’t keep it out.

Spain tried to control the game from there with first Santi Cazorla coming on for Dani Ceballos on 65 minutes and later Manchester City’s Rodri entering the fray. When Fabian clipped the top of the bar with another vicious long shot it seemed Spain would extend their lead.

But Norway would not go quietly. King raced away but shot over. He then drew a foul from Ramos that was punished with a yellow card my referee Oliver. The caution rules him out of Spain’s game away to Sweden on Tuesday.

Spain manager Robert Moreno watches the action from the dugout at Ullevaal Stadion

Oliver had allowed play to continue and Raul Albiol had blocked King, appearing to handle in the process, but Oliver ruled away appeals for a penalty before pulling out the yellow for Ramos.

Fabian hit the frame of the goal again but this was far from easy for Spain. Odegaard kept probing from midfield as Norway made Robert Moreno’s team suffer.

The home side left it late to get their goal but when King beat Kepa Spain had dropped their first points of Euro qualifying and Norway celebrated as if they had won the game.

Sergio Ramos applauds the Oslo crowd before becoming Spain’s most-capped player




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