Haaland leads Norway 2-0 over Latvia

Sports Desk, Sep 4 (EFE).- Erling Haaland converted a penalty in the 20th minute to spur Norway to a 2-0 victory Saturday against Latvia in a World Cup qualifier in Riga.

The win lifted Norway to 10 points from five matches and they go top of Group G, though their grip on the spot may last only a few hours, as Turkey (8 points) are in action later Saturday against Gibraltar, who have yet to earn a point.

Latvia, with 4 points from five games, are second-from-bottom.

Haaland had already had two shots blocked by the time the referee awarded a penalty for a foul by Raivis Jurkovskis on Kristian Thorstvedt.

The Borussia Dortmund star stepped to the spot and bagged his second goal in two matches, having scored Wednesday in Norway’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.

Mohamed Elyounoussi’s goal in the 66th minute with an assist from Birger Meling was enough to ensure that the Norwegians would come away with all 3 points.

The visitors dominated throughout, with 71 percent possession and 12 shots on target to just 2 for the home side. Yet even with the 2-0 lead, Norway coach Stale Solbakken kept Haaland and Martin Odegaard in the game until the 88th minute. EFE apa/dr

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