This happened after Israel lost 1-2 to Romania in a European Championship qualifier on Saturday.
It looked bright as Israel got off to a bright start after Eran Zahavi put the team ahead. But it was short-lived.
A few minutes later, Romania equalized through George Puskas.
This was very bad news for Norway’s hopes in the European Commission.
For: If Israel lost or drew, it would have been impossible for Norway to qualify for the European Group through the Nations League. We will come back to this.
Things got worse for Israel and Norway when Romania took the lead in the second half. Ianis Hagi was good and accurate when he made it 2-1 with a field goal from long range.
This was also the final result, which meant that both Romania and Switzerland qualified from Group A to the World Cup in Germany.
Valentin Mihaila was sent off for Romania shortly before the end of the match, but Israel failed to put the ball into the net.
As mentioned earlier, this result was very bad news for Norway.
Norway had to hope that both Israel and Switzerland would qualify directly for the European Championship from Group A – and Romania did not qualify directly. This is due to the Nations League standings, where Norway is behind Israel and Switzerland, but ahead of Romania.
Had Israel beaten Romania on Saturday night, it would still have been open in Group A of European Championship qualifying between Switzerland (which had 16 points), Romania (which had 16 points) and Israel (which had 12 points) for Monday. Live European Championships – places from the group.
So it didn’t happen.
Therefore, the European Championship will be held this time also without Norway.
Norway will meet Scotland on Sunday in its qualifying group for the European Championship, but the matter does not represent great importance for Norway, which in any way has no chance of reaching the European Championship through qualification.
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