Norway did what it had to do on the early Saturday night. After a victory over Latvia, the previous opponent of Orange can call himself the front runner of Group G for at least two hours.
Latvia had stumbled against Turkey in spring, but was unable to do so again in Riga against the Norwegians. The guests were helped early in the first half by an easily given penalty kick: Erling Braut Haaland redirected Norway and signed 0-1 from the penalty point.
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That stand remained on the signs for a long time, but Norway exploited its excess possession halfway through the second half. Mohamed Elyounoussi sought the far corner and left Roberts Ozols — the spare goalkeeper who had redeemed the injured Pavels Steinbors at rest — chance: 0-2.
Norway was fourth on goal balance at kick-off, but has climbed three spots thanks to the victory. However, if Turkey wins at the gate shutter Gibraltar later on Saturday, it will have the leading position back. The winner of the Netherlands-Montenegro match will also be on an equal footing with the Norwegians.