Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Norway | 2022 - Senior Men Friendlies | 999948252

Senior Men Friendlies International Friendly | Aviva Stadium, Dublin
17 Nov 2022 19:45

Republic of Ireland 1 - 2 Norway

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REPORT | Republic of Ireland 1-2 Norway

The Republic of Ireland were defeated 2-1 by Norway in the side's last home fixture at the Aviva Stadium for 2022, Stephen Kenny’s side was narrowly beaten following an impressive second-half performance but goals from Leo Østigård and Ohi Omoijuanfo cancelled out Alan Browne’s excellent equaliser.
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There was also a Senior debut for Evan Ferguson who came on late in the game.

Ireland’s Callum Robinson had the first sight on goal in the opening exchanges, but his effort went high and wide of Nyland’s near post.

Norway tried to test Gavin Bazunu mid-way through the first half as Patrick Berg’s effort from a corner just went over the bar. The visitors were to go closer moments later as Larsen’s shot from inside the Irish area narrowly went wide.

Norway was to continue to press with Pedersen making an excellent run into the Irish area from the right but his effort on goal was excellently blocked with a tackle from Nathan Collins. Collins was to be called into action once again this time to deny Elyounoussi a certain goal as the Norwegian forward's effort was deflected by the defender for a corner.

From that corner, Odegaard’s set piece delivery met Leo Østigård who rose highest at the near post to steer the ball past Bazunu to open the scoring.

Ireland started the brighter in the second half with Callum Robinson’s free-kick deflecting for the corner. Ireland was to have a series of opportunities in quick succession with the best of these falling to John Egan whose effort just went off the post.

Ireland was to go close moments later as Thornsby had to cut out Browne’s cross that would have seen the onrushing Robinson certain to score. Browne would go close himself as O’Dowda’s high ball into the area found the run of the Irish midfielder, but his shot was blocked down by Nyland.

Gavin Bazunu was called into action as a quick phase of play saw Solbakken find himself with an opportunity to score with Bazunu stopping his curling effort with an excellent stop. Callum O’Dowda was next to test Nyland as a cross to the back post was met by the Irish winger but the header was well saved by the Norway netminder.

Ireland was to equalise when O’Dowda’s cross into the area was cleared but only as far as Alan Browne who struck an excellent low to beat Nyland at his near post. There was to be a late goal in the game as Norway was to retake the lead with a free kick that was sent into the Irish area and was met by Omuijuanfo who controlled the initial ball and sent the ball past Bazunu with his second touch.

Ireland will finish their 2022 international season away to Malta on Sunday as Stephen Kenny’s side will begin preparations for qualification for Euro 2024 in Germany beginning next year.

Republic of Ireland: Bazunu (GK), Doherty, O’Shea, Egan, Cullen, Robinson (Ferguson 88), Browne, Obafemi (Ogbene 74), Collins, Molumby (Hendrick 81), O’Dowda (Brady 74).
Substitutes: Kelleher (GK), Travers (GK), Coleman, McClean, Smallbone, McGrath, Sykes, Scales, Lenihan, Ferguson.
Norway: Nyland (GK), Thorsby (Brynhildsen 72), Strandberg, Berg (Gregersen 90), Ødegaard, Elyounoussi, Østigård, Solbakken (Zachariassen 63), Bjørkan (Meling 64), Pedersen (Ryerson 64), Larsen (Omuijuanfo 72).
Substitutes: Christiansen (GK), Selvik (GK), Mannsverk, Dæhli, Lode, Vetlesen.
Booked: None
Sent off: None
Referee: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Player of the Match: Alan Browne (Ireland)
Attendance: 41,120

Match Preview | Republic of Ireland v Norway

The Republic of Ireland are set to face Norway at the Aviva Stadium in their final home match of 2022 as they look to end the calendar year on a high.
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Ireland go into the game having secured an important 3-2 victory in the last match against Armenia in the UEFA Nations League as Robbie Brady scored a dramatic last-minute winner from the penalty spot.

Stephen Kenny's side face Norway before heading out to Malta for their match in Ta'Quli on Sunday, November 20, their final match ahead of the year.

Match Details

Fixture: Republic of Ireland v Norway
Competition: International Friendly
Stadium: Aviva Stadium
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Date: Thursday, November 17
TV: RTE & Sky Sports
Tickets: Available here

Match Officials

Referee: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Assistant 1: Rogier Honig (NED)
Assistant 2: Rens Bluemink (NED)
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)

Please note that VAR will not be in operation at the fixture.

What he said - Manager Stephen Kenny

"Norway have a lot of players playing at a good level, they are all good players. The highest profile is Martin Odegaard who is an exceptional player for sure. They have players from La Liga and the other top leagues so they have shown themselves to be a good team.

"It’s an important game in preparation for France. We want to pick a strong team. We want a strong performance. Some other players are coming into contention who have been playing well at club level and, and we have to take that into account.

"Obviously, France and Norway are different. It’s difficult to gauge, France have been changing their system so much, between a back three and a back four, so you can’t say it’s the same tactical challenge."

What he said - Defender John Egan

“This is football and we know Norway are a good team. They’ve got good players no matter who is playing.

“I don’t focus on that really. We have to go out and play well against what we are up against. We all want to do really well for this team. I’m looking forward to this game.

"Evan's a young man but he’s not young in stature. He is a big man for his age and he has got a bright future ahead of him.

“It seems like he has got a really bright attitude and he’s got good ability, so it’s been really good to get to know him this week."

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Head-to-Head - Republic of Ireland v Norway

Matches Played: 18
Game Won: 7
Draws: 8
Games Lost: 3

10/10/1937 - Norway 3-2 Republic of Ireland - FIFA World Cup
07/11/1937 - Republic of Ireland 3-3 Norway - FIFA World Cup
26/11/1950 - Republic of Ireland 2-2 Norway - International Friendly
30/05/1951 - Norway 2-3 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly
08/11/1954 - Republic of Ireland 2-1 Norway - International Friendly
25/05/1955 - Norway 1-3 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly
06/11/1960 - Republic of Ireland 3-1 Norway - International Friendly
13/05/1964 - Norway 1-4 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly
06/06/1973 - Norway 1-1 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly
24/03/1976 - Republic of Ireland 3-0 Norway - International Friendly
21/05/1978 - Norway 0-0 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly
17/10/1984 - Norway 1-0 Republic of Ireland - FIFA World Cup
01/05/1985 - Republic of Ireland 0-0 Norway - FIFA World Cup
01/06/1988 - Norway 0-0 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly
28/06/1994 - Republic of Ireland 0-0 Norway - FIFA World Cup
30/04/2003 - Republic of Ireland 1-0 Norway - International Friendly
20/08/2008 - Norway 1-1 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly
17/11/2010 - Republic of Ireland 1-2 Norway - International Friendly

Opta Facts - Republic of Ireland v Norway

- This will be the first meeting between Republic of Ireland and Norway since November 2010, exactly 12 years before this match, when Norway won a friendly encounter 2-1.
- Republic of Ireland have won just one of their last eight meetings with Norway in all competitions (D5 L2), a 1-0 win in April 2003 after a Damien Duff goal.
- Republic of Ireland have won both of their last two home games, wins over Scotland in June and Armenia in September. The Boys in Green last won three straight matches at home in March 2016 (run of four).
- Norway have lost both of their last two games, as many as they had in their previous 16 internationals beforehand (W10 D4).
- Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in their last eight friendlies at home (W6 D2) since a 0-1 defeat by Iceland in March 2017.
- Norway have won seven of their last eight international friendlies (L1), most recently a 9-0 win over Armenia in March.
- Michael Obafemi has been directly involved in three goals in his three starts for Republic of Ireland (2 goals, 1 assist). Obafemi could become the first player to score in three consecutive home appearances for the nation since Robbie Keane in November 2013 (five in a row).
- Erling Haaland has scored 21 goals in his last 21 international appearances for Norway, including 14 in his last 11.

Republic of Ireland Squad - Norway & Malta

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Southampton), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Collins (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Middlesbrough), Liam Scales (Aberdeen, on loan from Celtic), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Robbie Brady (Preston North End), Mark Sykes (Bristol City).
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Jeff Hendrick (Reading, on loan from Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Will Smallbone (Stoke City, on loan from Southampton), Jamie McGrath (Dundee United, on loan from Wigan Athletic).
Forwards: Michael Obafemi (Swansea City), Callum Robinson (Cardiff City), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion), Callum O'Dowda (Cardiff City).

Squad for Norway & Malta friendlies confirmed

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has selected a 26-man squad for the international friendlies against Norway and Malta. 
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Brighton and Hove Albion striker Evan Ferguson receives his first call-up to the senior international squad as well as midfielder Will Smallbone who also moves up from the U-21s. 

Middlesbrough defender Darragh Lenihan returns to the squad after injury ruled him out of the September international window and Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is also named after his impressive display in the penalty shoot-out victory last night for Liverpool in the EFL Cup. 

Dundee United midfielder Jamie McGrath earns a recall having impressed this season in the Scottish Premiership whilst Aberdeen defender Liam Scales and Wigan Athletic striker Will Keane also come into the squad.

Ireland are set to face Norway at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday, November 17 with kick-off at 7.45pm, with another big crowd expected with a limited number of adult and premium level tickets remaining.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster here.

Stephen Kenny's side will then travel to Ta'Quli to face Malta at the National Stadium at 7pm (8pm local time) to round off the 2022 schedule.

Republic of Ireland Squad - Norway & Malta

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Southampton), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Collins (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Middlesbrough), Liam Scales (Aberdeen, on loan from Celtic), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Robbie Brady (Preston North End).
Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Jeff Hendrick (Reading, on loan from Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Will Smallbone (Stoke City, on loan from Southampton), Jamie McGrath (Dundee United).
Forwards: Michael Obafemi (Swansea City), Callum Robinson (Cardiff City), Scott Hogan (Birmingham City), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Will Keane (Wigan Athletic), Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion), Callum O'Dowda (Cardiff City).

Fixtures - Norway & Malta

17/11 - Republic of Ireland v Norway, Aviva Stadium, 7.45pm
20/11 - Malta v Republic of Ireland, Ta'Quli National Stadium, 7pm (8pm local time)