Norway refused to start playing the match before the stadium was watered.
Norway’s qualifying match for the European Under-21 Championship against Estonia was supposed to start at 18.00, but the kick-off was postponed by more than 45 minutes.
It was not known for a long time why the match was postponed in Estonia, but Gro Tvedt Anderssen, the Norwegian Football Association’s director of communications, confirmed to NTB that it was a matter of watering the stadium.
– It was postponed because the course was not watered, she said.
At about 18.47 the referee started the match. Norway refused to start playing the match before the stadium was filled, according to VG, which had the right to the match.
– The course was not watered, and we said so. Tvedt Andersen tells NTB it’s a bit unclear why this wasn’t fixed before the match started.
VG further wrote that UEFA is desperate and curses that the match did not start on time.
The delay also caused confusion at studio VG, which broadcasts the match on VGTV.
– Kjetil Rekdal at VG-studio says he’s sick if they should have done it on purpose, they can’t.
– They couldn’t do that. Joachim Johnson says they are 0-5 in two games.
Despite much confusion before the match started, Norway got a dream start to the match. Emil Konradsen put two balls in the net eight minutes before play.
In the 12th minute, his RBK teammate Noah Jan Holm scored Norway’s third goal.
The match is the second qualifying match for the European Men’s Under-21 Championship. Austria lost 3-1 at the start.
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