Nations League: Norway vs Austria


Norway and Austria will meet on Friday at the Ulleval Stadium in Oslo for another UEFA Nations League match. Both countries are ranked in Group A Leaue along with Romania and Northern Ireland. The onset of the football rivalry between Norway and Austria began with the first match in 1912 and met a total of six times, of which only once in this century.

Norwegian domestic football has not kept up with the development of modern football but now they will believe in the brilliance of the national team when a new generation of talent emerges, primarily Erling Haaland and Martin Ödegaard. Haaland is already the mainstay at the Borussia Dortmund, the 19-year-old has written Bundesliga history with many impressive scoring records, with a market value of 60 million euros, Haaland is the most valuable player in the history of Norway. A title he has taken over from Ødegaard (50 million euros), who is currently in great form at Real Sociedad, where he is on loan from Real Madrid and has been recalled by the host club. The top two talents are leading a young generation of Norway who decided to move abroad at a young age and then develop into key players at their clubs. Among them was midfielder Sander Berge - a 21-year-old who spent three years at KRC Genk, where he became the most valuable player in the Jupiler Pro League and was later sold for € 21.5 million to Sheffield. United. Then 21-year-old Kristoffer Ajer joined Celtic in 2016 and is a key player for the Glasgow club. Scandinavian representatives currently have a series of 2 consecutive victories and 9 unbeaten matches and only lost to Spain and Bulgaria in the last 20 games, both times with a difference of 1 goal.

Austria went to Latvia to play their final match in November 2019 and lost 0-1, the defeat ending the Austrian's streak of three consecutive victories and seven unbeaten streaks. Austria conceded a total of 4 goals and never more than 1 goal in the last 8 matches and also kept 4 clean sheets in the process. Only 2 of their last 5 meetings had more than 2.5 goals and also 2 matches saw goals in both teams in Austria's matches. After the absence of Florian Kainz and Valentino Lazaro, coach Franco Foda called Reinhold Ranftl (LASK) and Christoph Monschein (FK Austria Wien) to attend UEFA Nations League matches against Norway (September 4) and Romania (7 / 9) with Monschein going to join the national team for the first time while Maximilian Wöber has been called up to replace David Alaba.  




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