Norway beat Northern Ireland women in Euro 2013 qualifier

Rachel Furness
Rachel Furness

Two late goals condemned the Northern Ireland women's team to a 2-0 defeat by Norway women in their Euro 2013 Group Three qualifier in Sarpsborg.

The Norwegians had the better chances in the first half, although Rachel Furness went close for the visitors.

Lene Mykjaland broke the deadlock in the 77th minute and captain Maren Mjelde added the second on 86 minutes.

Alfie Wylie's side had beaten the Norwegians 3-1 at home but their hopes of qualification appear to have ended.

Mykjaland scored directly from a corner and Mjelde fired in a volley from inside the area.

Norway top the table with 18 points from their eight games so far, with Belgium a point behind and Iceland third on 16 points from seven matches.

Northern Ireland are fourth in the table on 11 points from eight games.

For Norway, Isabell Herlousen had a shot blocked early on, while Mari Knudsen, Mykjaland, Caroline Hansen and Kristine Hegland all had scoring chances.

Northern Ireland had gone into the game on the back of a convincing 4-1 win over Bulgaria at Solitude in May.

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