World Cup qualifier compact: Norway beat Erling Holland, Serbia beat Portugal in victory

Martin Ödegaard und Erling Haaland feiern den Sieg gegen Lettland (links). Serbiens Goalgetter Aleksandar Mitrovic jubelt über die Tabellenspitze in der Gruppe A.

Even the international break does not prevent Earling Holland from scoring goals. The star striker from Borussia Dortmund led the Norwegian national team to a clear 2-0 (1-0) victory in the World Cup qualifier on Saturday evening. Holland scored a decent 1-1 at home against the Netherlands on Thursday to seal the Norwegians’ third qualifying victory in the 20th minute with a penalty. The second goal was scored by Mohammed Elionousi (66). Shortly after Turkey and the Netherlands, Norway topped Group G, but both teams returned with clear games (Netherlands 4-0 against Montenegro and Turkey 3-0 against Gibraltar). Turkey (11) are currently in first place, followed by the Netherlands and Norway (10 points each).


With this goal, Holland continues its best season record to date. The 21-year-old has scored eleven goals (eight goals and three assists) in seven games for BBB and Norway since his summer vacation.

However, at the top of the list of goal scorers in World Cup qualifiers: Alexander Mitrovic from English second division club Fulham. In the Serbian national team’s clear 4-1 (2-0) victory over Surprise Team Luxembourg (six points from the previous three games), the striker won a brace (22, 35) and scored the only goals in a total of seven qualifiers. Maxim Chanot (81st / own goal) and Nikola Milenkovic (90 + + 6) are the other goalscorers for the Serbs, now with points better than Group A and Portugal on goal difference.

Philippe Costic, who created negative headlines during his training session at his club Eintracht Frankfurt last week, played more than 90 minutes and scored two goals. Oliver Thill (77th) scored the consolation goal for Luxembourg.

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At a glance the results of Saturday’s early games:

Finland – Kazakhstan 1: 0 (0: 0)

Serbia – Luxembourg 4: 1 (2: 0)

Ireland – Azerbaijan 1: 1 (0: 1)

Latvia – Norway 0: 2 (0: 1)

Slovenia – Malta 1: 0 (1: 0)

Cyprus – Russia 0: 2 (0: 1)

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