Norway 0-3 Turkey: Erling Haaland's side frustrated via Ozan Tufan's brace and Caglar Soyuncu header


Norway 0-3 Turkey: Erling Haaland’s side frustrated by opponents in World Cup qualifier as Ozan Tufan’s double and Caglar Soyuncu header make it a brilliant week for Senol Gunes’s side after beating Holland earlier this week

  • Norway suffered a 3-0 defeat to Turkey in their World Cup qualifier in Malaga 
  • Ozan Tufan and Caglar Soyuncu gave Turkey a two-goal half-time lead in Malaga 
  • Norway’s Alexander Sorloth hit the post and had a goal ruled out in the first-half
  • Tufan curled home a brilliant third after the half-time break to seal the victory 

Ozan Tufan scored two superb goals as Turkey cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Norway, who had substitute Kristian Thorstvedt sent off late on in the Group G World Cup qualifying clash on Saturday.

Playing their home game in Malaga due to coronavirus restrictions in Oslo, the Norwegians protested about the Qatar World Cup for the second time in four days by wearing t-shirts that called for human rights to be respected.

The players also held up their left hands, mirroring the international logo for human rights.

Erling Braut Haaland's Norway were frustrated in a 3-0 defeat to Turkey on Saturday

Erling Braut Haaland’s Norway were frustrated in a 3-0 defeat to Turkey on Saturday

Turkey took the lead when Ozan Tufan swept home at the back post after just four minutes

Turkey took the lead when Ozan Tufan swept home at the back post after just four minutes

Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu headed home to double Turkey's lead in the first-half

Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu headed home to double Turkey’s lead in the first-half

They quickly fell behind as Yusuf Yazici sliced their defence open down the left and put in a low cross for the late-arriving Tufan to rifle home in the fourth minute.

Alexander Sorloth could have put his side level in the 26th minute, but his powerful shot cannoned back off the post and it proved to be a costly miss when Caglar Soyuncu was left unmarked to head home Yazici’s corner two minutes later.

Sorloth and Erling Haaland went close from an early second-half corner but their night was effectively ended when Tufan netted Turkey’s third with a glorious curling shot that flew in at the far post to make it 3-0 just before the hour mark.

Alexander Sorloth (left) hit the post for Norway in the first-half and had a goal disallowed

Alexander Sorloth (left) hit the post for Norway in the first-half and had a goal disallowed

Tufan (middle) curled in a brilliant third after the break to put the game beyond doubt

Tufan (middle) curled in a brilliant third after the break to put the game beyond doubt 

Haaland had a second-half goal ruled out for offside as Norway ended the game with ten men

Haaland had a second-half goal ruled out for offside as Norway ended the game with ten men

Haaland had the ball in the net shortly afterwards but his effort was ruled out for offside and Turkey held on for a comfortable win to top Group G with six points after two games, ahead of Montenegro on goal difference. 

Netherlands, who beat Latvia 2-0 are third on three points, with Norway fourth on goal difference. 

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