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Erling Haaland and Alexander Sorloth scored twice as Norway thrashed Northern Ireland 5-1 in Nations League Group B1 at Windsor Park on Monday night.
First choice defenders Jonny Evans and Jamal Lewis were both missing from the home starting line-up.
Celtic's Mohamed Elyounoussi fired the visitors ahead after just two minutes, only for Paddy McNair to draw the hosts level only four minutes later with his fourth goal in eight games for his country.
HT: #NationsLeague@NorthernIreland 1@nff_landslag 3— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) September 7, 2020
Sensational start 3 goals in 1st 7 mins: Elyounoussi, Paddy McNair equaliser, then star striker Haaland put Norway back in front, see 🎥
Sorloth with 3rd 19 mins
Tough night at office so far #GAWA pic.twitter.com/uKRXIzqNX1
But thereafter it was all Norway as both Haaland (7 and 58) and Sorloth (19 and 47) scored twice to inflict a wretched home debut on Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough, whose side drop to the bottom of the group after two games, while third-placed Norway are level with Austria.
FT: #NationsLeague@NorthernIreland 1@nff_landslag 5— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) September 7, 2020
McNair with home goal. NI lost without Jonny Evans & Newcastle-bound Jamal Lewis
Norway star Haaland too hot to handle - two sensational strikes
Next up Euro play-off s/f in Bosnia and Herzegovina Oct. 8th #GAWA go again pic.twitter.com/66rxopJ0pK
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Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell (6), Smith (6), Ballard (5), Cathcart (6), Saville (6), Davis (7), Ferguson (7), Dallas (6), Thompson (6), Washington (6), McNair (7)
Subs: Evans (6), Boyce (6), Lavery (6)
Norway: Jarstein (6), Aleesami (7), Ajer (6), Hovland (6), Elabdellaoui (7), Johansen (8), Elyounoussi (8), Henriksen (6), Normann(6), Sorloth (8), Haaland (9)
Subs: Svensson (6), Meling (6), King (6)
Man of the match: Erling Braut Haaland
Locally, a draw for the competition that'll kick-off the season here, the Toals Co. Antrim Shield:
⚽️ The draw has been made for the first two rounds of the County Antrim Shield: pic.twitter.com/Dx9SNIRYWe— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) September 8, 2020
UPDATE: Linfield - "The Linfield v PSNI County Antrim Shield game will not take place on Saturday October 10 due to the proximity of the Northern Ireland v Austria Nations League game at Windsor Park.
"Linfield FC is presently in discussions with the relevant authorities and our opponents, and a new date will be announced for this game as soon as it is confirmed."