Cyprus v Norway, 16 October 2012

Score3-1 to Norway
RefereePawel Gil
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Qualifying group E
VenueAntonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca
Attendance2,493
Kick Off: 21:00 Local (19:00 BST) Norway scored two late goals as they came from behind to beat Cyprus 3-1 and boost their hopes of reaching a first World Cup since 1998. The visitors trailed to a 42nd-minute goal from Efstathios Aloneftis, but the hosts could not hold out until half-time as Brede Hangeland quickly levelled. Tarik Elyounoussi put the visitors in front 10 minutes from time with a penalty and substitute Joshua King made the points safe three minutes later. The win moved Norway above Iceland and up to second place in Group E. This result was the 9th consecutive match that Cyprus have lost against Norway.

1  Cyprus

Manager: Nikos Nioplias

3  Norway

Manager: Egil Olsen

Goals:

Stathis Aloneftis 42 G

Goals:

Brede Hangeland 44 G
Josh King 83 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tasos Kissas
Defender Angelis Angeli
Defender Ilias Charalambous (captain)
Defender Dossa Júnior
Defender Marios Nikolaou
Midfielder Georgios Efrem
Midfielder Vincent Laban
Midfielder Anthos Solomou
Midfielder/Forward Dimitris Christofi

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Rune Jarstein
Defender Brede Hangeland (captain)
Defender John Arne Riise
Defender Espen Ruud
Defender/Midfielder Vegard Forren
Midfielder Magnus Eikrem
Midfielder Markus Henriksen
Midfielder Ruben Jenssen
Forward Daniel Braaten

Substitutions:

Jason Demetriou for Angelis Angeli 46
Antonis Giorgallides for Tasos Kissas 55
Nestoras Mitidis for Stathis Aloneftis 88

Substitutions:

Josh King for Alexander Soderlund 46
Valon Berisha for Ruben Jenssen 75
Ardian Gashi for Magnus Eikrem 90

Cards:

Jason Demetriou 49 Y
Sinisa Dobrasinovic 56 Y
Stathis Aloneftis 71 Y
Ilias Charalambous 80 Y

Cards:

Espen Ruud 64 Y
Daniel Braaten 82 Y
John Arne Riise 88 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Christos Mastrou
Defender Jason Demetriou
Defender Stelios Parpas
Midfielder Kostakis Artymatas
Midfielder Georgios Vasiliou
Forward Pieros Sotiriou

On the bench:

Goalkeeper André Hansen
Defender/Centre back Kjetil Waehler
Defender/Midfielder Tom Hogli
Defender/Midfielder Jonathan Parr
Midfielder Valon Berisha
Midfielder Ardian Gashi
Midfielder Henning Hauger
Forward Josh King