Norway was minutes away from a historic semi-final in the Group of 19 European Championship, but they didn’t back down in front of Iceland’s hard work. 1-1 means everything is unlocked before the last pool game.
The bitter late goal came in the 89th minute after a fine individual performance from Eggert Aron Gudmundsson. He ran from his own half of the field, dribbled past several Norwegian players and headed for a field goal.
Norway got hot in overtime, as Iceland, among others, hit the post.
Alwande Roaldsøy gave the Norwegian team the lead with a controversial penalty kick in the 65th minute. He sent the Icelandic goalkeeper the wrong way and certainly scored. Up front, the referee signaled a chalk mark after Roaldsøy fell in a duel with Eggert Aron Gudmundsson. Roaldsøy was produced by Oskar Siira Sivertsen of KBK
NRK commentators thought Norway was lucky and referred to the penalty as “cheap”.
– It started overseas, but there’s no VAR here. Canal expert Karl-Friedrich Torp said: We did not see anything in the replay that could justify this punishment.
With the victory, Norway secured qualification to the semi-finals of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship. With a draw, Norway still has everything in their hands. By winning or drawing against Spain in the last match, they guarantee progression, but they can also go ahead by losing if the score in Greece-Iceland is in favor of Norway.
Heine Gikling Bruseth was an unused reserve.