Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
June 8, 2013 9:30 PM IST
HaMoshava-Stadion — Pétaḥ-Tiqva (Petach-Tikva)
Referee:‬ S. Boyko‎
Attendance:‬ 6150‎
 
57′ (PG) Craig Dawson
 
 
M. Eikrem 52′
Top of the Match
Marcus Pedersen
Marcus Pedersen
Norway Under 21
Marcus Pedersen
Marcus Pedersen
Norway Under 21
Flop of the Match
Steven Caulker
Steven Caulker
England U21
Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha
England U21

England U21 1-3 Norway U21: Young Lions set for early exit after second defeat

Stuart Pearce's future looks in doubt ahead of the expiry of his current contract at the end of the month after Tore Ole Skullerud's side eliminated his team at the group stage

By Oliver Platt

England U21 manager, Stuart Pearce
Getty Images
England have been knocked out of the European Under-21 Championship with one group stage match still to play after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Norway in Petah Tikva.

Stuart Pearce's side looked to have shrugged off the disappointment of their poor performance and defeat to Italy before Fredrik Semb Berge gave Norway the lead, and could not recover after falling behind.

Jo Inge Berget added a second goal before half-time and Tore Ole Skullerud's team were cruising when Magnus Wolff Eikrem put the game beyond doubt after the break.

Craig Dawson earned and converted a penalty five minutes later but England showed few signs of mounting a dramatic comeback in the remaining half hour.

Pearce was boosted by the returns of Wilfried Zaha from injury and Tom Ince and Danny Rose from suspension, so Connor Wickham, Marvin Sordell and Jack Robinson dropped out. Elsewhere, Nathaniel Chalobah replaced Jonjo Shelvey in midfield and Adam Smith came in for Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

Vegar Hedenstad was suspended for Norway after his sending off in the 2-2 draw with Israel, so Thomas Rogne started at centre-back. Harmeet Singh, who scored the last-minute equaliser in that match, came into midfield ahead of Anders Konradsen and Havard Nielsen replaced Yann-Erik de Lanlay up front.

England started encouragingly and dominated possession in the early stages but Norway reminded the Young Lions of their threat on the counterattack when Omar Elabdellaoui burst forward from right-back only to shoot high and wide of goal.

Pearce's team struggled, too, to defend set-pieces. After Jack Butland had flapped at one corner, Eikrem's next delivery from the left was only partially cleared and when the midfielder returned the ball to the England box, Semb Berge steered home a fine finish on the turn.

Jordan Henderson felt he should have had a penalty when he was eased off the ball as he looked to connect with Smith's low cross but Norway, though they spent more time behind the ball, continued to carve out the better of the chances. Marcus Pedersen volleyed wide from a tight angle after working a one-two around Steven Caulker.

Caulker was then caught between two Norway players outside the England area and when Nielsen picked out Berget's run with a clever lobbed pass, the Molde forward smashed a volley beyond Butland to leave the Young Lions on the brink.

The Tottenham defender thought he had made amends shortly before half-time when he headed home Henderson's free-kick at the back post, but the linesman's flag was correctly raised for offside.

Much as was the case in the first half, England emerged from the dressing room brightly before suffering another blow. Wickham, introduced for Jason Lowe at the break, combined with Thomas Ince only for the Blackpool forward to shoot wide before Orjan Nyland did superbly to push away Henderson's powerful volley with one hand.

The Norwegians attacked with purpose, though, and extended their lead in some style. The impressive Pedersen strode past Dawson on the right and fired an inch-perfect cut-back into the feet of Eikrem, whose unstoppable shot rattled the underside of the crossbar on its way into the net.

Dawson converted from the spot after Semb Berge was penalised for holding the West Brom defender, but England created little thereafter in open play. Norway's progression to the semi-finals will be all but secured if Italy beat Israel in the later kick-off but, ahead of the expiry of his contract at the end of the month, Pearce's future with the Young Lions now looks in serious doubt.


England U21

23
Jack Butland
Goalkeeper
2.50
67
Adam Smith
Defender
2.00
4
Steven Caulker
Defender
2.00
25
Craig Dawson
Defender
57′ 85′
2.50
3
Danny Rose
Midfielder
3.00
-
2.50
14
Jordan Henderson
Midfielder
83′
3.00
35
Jason Lowe
Defender
46′
3.00
11
Thomas Ince
Striker
3.00
22
Nathan Redmond
Midfielder
67′
2.50
36
Wilfried Zaha
Striker
2.50

Norway Under 21

3.50
1
Ø. Nyland
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
4.00
-
3.00
14
3.00
16
Harmeet Singh
Midfielder
3.50
15
M. Eikrem
Defender
52′ 68′
3.50
34
4.00
-
3.50
7

Substitutes

32
Jason Steele
Goalkeeper
 - 
13
Declan Rudd
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
47
2.50
22
Tom Lees
Defender
 - 
49
 - 
51
Josh McEachran
Midfielder
 - 
45
Henri Lansbury
Midfielder
 - 
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
67′
2.50
14
 - 
-
 - 
10
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
-
Arild Østbø
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
G. Kongshavn
Goalkeeper
2.50
14
Martin Linnes
Midfielder
57′
 - 
-
 - 
19
2.50
16
 - 
-
2.50
48
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
15

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Arkadiusz Milik Arkadiusz Milik
Striker
FC Augsburg
9 0
Morata Morata
Striker
Real Madrid
8 1
Marcelo Brozović Marcelo Brozović
Midfielder
Dinamo Zagreb
7 1
Munas Dabbur Munas Dabbur
Striker
Grasshopper
7 0
Emil Atlason Emil Atlason
Striker
7 0