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19 November 2013
• Aker Stadion, Molde
Referee: M. Strömbergsson
• Attendance: 9750
S. Brown 61'
Full-time and Scotland end manager Gordon Strachan's first year in charge on a high note, as Scott Brown gets his third goal in dark blue to send The Tartan Army home happy.
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Scotland in the last couple of minutes have started to control the ball, after going 90 minutes without being able to maintain possession.
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Yellow CardVegard Forren
Yet again, another Gamst Pedersen cross isn't finished off by one of his teammates, as on this occasion Anders Konradsen finds a way to screw the ball wide of goal.
Finally Pedersen, who has missed numerous chances throughout the game is replaced by Tarik Elyounoussi. In truth, he was lucky to last as long as he did.
Gamst Pedersen once again shows his class, taking Hutton inside and out, before drilling the ball from the left, but there were no takers for the home side.
The visitors almost steal a second, as a Bannan free kick from the left is cut back to Snodgrass, but his strike is blocked and Brown's effort from the rebound suffers the same fate.
Yellow CardMartin Linnes
Scotland look like a team just wanting to see out the game, while their hosts are more attacking, but still lack that killer touch to get the score level.
Tom Høgli races in behind on the left wing and plays in Abdellaoue, but his effort, like many others, is blocked by the Scotland defence.
Superb save by Marshall, as Gamst Pedersen once again sets up Pedersen and his strike from the edge of the area is pushed away by the Cardiff stopper.
Norway are back to their dominant style, with more and more crosses coming into the visitors box, but they still have yet to find the finish.
After setting up his teammates throughout the game, it's Gamst Pedersen's time to try a strike at goal, as he get onto a cross from the right, but can't direct the ball on target. It's been a night of wasted chances for the home side.
Norway's attacks seem more rare than they were in the first half, mainly due to the amount of stops in play that have happened.
The substitues are starting to come thick and fast, which could be good news for the visitors, as play is continually getting broken up by the changes.
Per Ciljan Skjelbred
Ken Remi Stefan Strandberg
That goal has given the Scots more confidence and they are looking a lot better than they did for the previous hour of the game, while the Norwegians are shell-shocked.
There's a robbery in progress currently in Molde, as Scotland somehow are a goal ahead. Despite being camped in their own half, the Scots have managed to get the opener.
GOAL! Completely against the run of play as a Adam effort pinballs on the edge of the area and Brown managed to turn and direct the ball into the bottom corner.
This time it's Vegard Forren, who gets on the end of a Gamst Pedersen corner, but puts his header well over the bar.
Norway should be ahead, but Marshall is able to save with his legs as Pedersen got on the end of an Abdellaoue cut back. Surely the home side should score very soon.
It's been like a training game so far in Molde, with the attack of Norway going up against the defence of Scotland, but as of yet the hosts have still to open their visitors up.
Gamst Pedersen continues to show that he can still play at the elite level, as he crosses once again from the left to Abdellaoue, but his diving header goes wide.
A continuation of the pressure, with Pedersen once again firing wide of the mark after a ball from Gamst Pedersen. If he doesn't start to find the target, he could find himself sitting next to Kamara on the bench.
The home side start were they left off in the first half, with Eikrem stinging the palms of Marshall with an effort at goal.
Yellow CardCharlie Adam
Norway start the second half with Mohammed Abdellaoue coming on for Kamara, while the Scots bring on Barry Bannan in place of Bryson, who offered little in the first half.
Half-time and it's goalless Molde, despite the home side having a huge amount of possession, but still they are yet to find a breakthrough, which they deserve.
Yet another chance for the home side, as the ball pinballs around inside the Scotland area, eventually arriving at the feet of Magnus Wolff Eikrem, but his strike, like many others, goes wide.
The library style atmosphere inside the Aker Stadion continues, with the home fans, despite watching their start dominate, aren't really interested.
The Scots are starting to move forward, but still they don't look like they will trouble the home side, as they keep giving away the ball.
Anya looks the most potent threat of the visitors, but unfortunately those near him, in particular Steven Whittaker are lacking, when it comes to passing.
First shot of the game on target from Scotland and it's an extremely poor one, as instead of trying to find a teammate, Adam hits a free kick that's easily saved.
Scotland are looking to match their hosts up in midfield, going to a flat four, whether it will work and they can retain possession remains to be seen.
Both Pedersen and Kamara could have had a few goals so far, but neither of them, despite the pressure they're maintaining on the Scotland defence have put Marshall in sustained danger.
Tore Reginiussen is next to try his luck, as he gets his head to a long ball into the box by Omar Elabdellaoui, but his effort is easily saved by Marshall.
It seems that it will only be a matter of time until the home side score, as they push on the pressure once again to the Scotland defence.
Both Bryson and Naismith seem to be isolated for the Scots during the opening quarter of the game and when the do get the ball, they are crowded out quickly.
A real disjointed Scotland performance so far, with the visitors failing to keep possession and allowing their hosts the freedom of the wings, to run at them.
Strachan's side are finding in really hard to control the ball recently on this pitch, that could substitute for an ice rink, While Norway have adapted superbly, but still not opened the scoring.
After that preesure from Norway in the opening quarter of an hour, the Scots have started to close the game down, with it starting to look like a friendly.
Depsite their team being well on top, the home fans aren't adding much to the atmosphere inside the stadium. Any real noise is coming from The Tartan Army who have made the journey to Norway for this friendly.
Now it's the turn of Pedersen to go close, as he almost got on the end of a Gamst Pedersen cross from the left. The Scotland defence are at sixes and sevens at the moment.
A counter-attack from the Norweigans ends up in another strike on goal, after Robert Snodgrass loses the ball, the home side break forward and Kamara should have done better, as his strike was claimed by Marshall at the second attempt.
Golden opportunity for Norway, as Ola Kamara gets onto a cross from Gamst Pedersen, but his effort is cleared off the line. The Scots are starting to live dangerously.
Nyland's opposite number David Marshall also comes out of his penalty area, making a sliding clearance to prevent Pedersen from a strike at goal.
CHANCE! Debut boy Nyland almost gifts the Scots the first goal of the game as he was closed down by Naismith on the right hand side, outside his area and the clearance arrived at the feet of Anya, but his shot was woeful.
On-loan Barnsley striker Marcus Pedersen tries to get onto a cross from the left, but he fails to get the ball on target.
The visitors are coping well early on in the icy conditions, managing to pass the ball freely so far, but nothing of note has happened.
Scotland get the game underway in the cold of Molde.
The national anthems have started, we're just minutes away from kick-off.
The last time the two sides met was a bit of a horror show for the Scots and in particular the Caldwell brothers, as Gary was sent off half an hour into the game and Steven was substituted at the break, during a 4-0 thumping from Norway, with Morten Gamst Pedersen claiming a double.
Scotland also ring the changes, with Grant Hanley, Charlie Mulgrew, Barry Bannan, Craig Conway and Steven Fletcher all out, as Russell Martin, Charlie Adam, Craig Bryson, Ikechi Anya and Steven Naismith replace them in the starting line-up.
The home side make three changes, handing a debut to Molde keeper Orjan Nyland, who starts alongside Morten Gamst Pedersen and Magnus Wolff Eikrem, with Rune Jarstein, Stefan Johansen and Tarik Elyounoussi all dropping out.
Scotland Subs: Fox, Boyd, McArthur, Berra, Conway, Wallace, Mackay-Steven, Armstrong
Scotland: Marshall; Hutton, Martin, Greer, Whittaker; Adam, Brown; Snodgrass, Bryson, Anya; Naismith
Norway Subs: Jarstein, Grytebust, Strandberg, Skjelvik, Konradsen, Abdellaoue, Elyounoussi, Linnes, Dæhli
The team news is in, firstly Norway: Nyland; Høgli, Reginiussen, Forren, Elabdellaoui; Eikrem, Skjelbred, Jenssen, Gamst Pedersen; Kamara, M Pedersen
Gordon Strachan’s side arrive on the back of their snooze-fest goalless draw against the USA at Hampden on Friday night, whilst the Norwegians were falling to defeat at the hands of Denmark.
Good evening and welcome to Goal’s live text commentary of the international friendly between Norway and Scotland, my name is Matthew Harold and I will be guiding you through the 90 minutes as the two sides meet in the freezing cold of Molde.
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