Norway 2 England 1

Bryan Robson

Nor­way 2 Eng­land 1, Ull­evaal Sta­dium, FIFA Wor­ld Cup Quali­fier, Septem­ber 9, 1981. Nor­way came from be­hind to be­at Eng­land 2-1. Man­chester United´s Bry­an Rob­son han­ded the vis­it­ors a quick lead, but late fir­st-ha­lf goals from FC Den Haag mid­fielder Ro­ger Al­bertsen and PSV Eind­hoven ace Hallvar Thoresen saw the hosts emerge de­served winners.

The Three Li­ons had de­feated Nor­way 4-0 at Wemb­ley Sta­dium in the pre­vi­ous meet­ing be­tween the two coun­tries thanks to a brace by Liver­pool mid­fielder Terry Mc­Der­mott, in­clud­ing a pen­alty, and one goal each from To­ny Wood­cock of Co­logne and Ips­wich Town´s Paul Mar­iner, and were firm fa­vour­ites to gain an­oth­er two points. Ron Greenwood´s boys dom­in­ated early on at Ull­evaal Sta­dium in Oslo and stormed in­to the lead af­ter fif­teen min­utes of ac­tion as a clev­er back­wards head­er from Southampton´s Kev­in Kee­gan fou­nd its way to the on-run­ning Bry­an Rob­son who roun­ded Ham-Kam goal­keeper Tore Ant­on­sen be­fore put­ting the ball in­to the empty net. The Nor­we­gi­an si­de wor­ked their way back in­to the ga­me and lev­elled the score six min­utes pa­st the ha­lf-hour ma­rk when Ro­ger Al­bertsen some­how ma­naged to steer a cross from Lille­strom for­ward Tom Lund pa­st Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur cus­todi­an Ray Clem­ence and in­to the goal. The Norse­men now smelled blood and the hosts had their win­ner just a mere three min­utes la­ter thro­ugh a well-pla­ced left-footed shot from in­side the area by Hallvar Thoresen. And as soon as the ref­er­ee had blown his whistle for full-time, the over-en­thu­si­ast­ic Bjorge Lil­le­li­en went com­pletely ber­serk in the com­ment­ary box. Nor­way Te­am: Tore Ant­on­sen, Svein Gron­dalen, Bjarne Berntsen, Ein­ar Aas, An­ders Giske, Ro­ger Al­bertsen, Age Hareide, Arne Lar­sen Ok­land, Paul Jac­ob­sen, Tom Lund, Hallvar Thoresen. Sub­stitutes: Trond Ped­er­sen, Arne Dokken. Eng­land Te­am: Ray Clem­ence, Mick Mills, Phil Neal, Rus­sell Os­man, Phil Thomp­son, Terry Mc­Der­mott, Bry­an Rob­son, Kev­in Kee­gan, Paul Mar­iner, Glenn Hoddle, Tre­vor Fran­cis. Sub­stitutes: Pe­ter Bar­nes, Pe­ter With.


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Bry­an Rob­son made his full in­ter­na­tion­al de­but for Eng­land in a 2-0 Euro­pean Cham­pi­on­ship Quali­fier win ag­ainst the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land at Wemb­ley Sta­dium on the 6th of Feb­ruary 1980.


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