Northern Ireland - Norway 2-0 Goals and Highlights 26/03/2017

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Northern Ireland - Norway 2-0 Goals and Highlights 26/03/2017 Northern Ireland - Norway 2-0 Goals and Highlights 26/03/2017 Northern Ireland re-established their two-point lead over third-placed Czech Republic in World Cup qualifying Group C with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Norway at Windsor Park. A 6-0 thrashing of San Marino saw Czech Republic go second temporarily, but Northern Ireland responded superbly to move back into a play-off berth. Michael O'Neill's side were in front inside two minutes as Jamie Ward fired them ahead and Lars Lagerback's start to life as Norway boss got worse after 33 minutes when Conor Washington doubled the hosts' lead. Washington latched onto Steven Davis' throughball to double Northern Ireland's tally with his first competitive international goal, though Alexander Soderlund had rattled the woodwork at the other end. Northern Ireland went close to a third early in a tame second-half, but they were able to close out a first win over Norway since 1975 despite failing to add to their tally further. The victory leaves Northern Ireland on 10 points from their five fixtures, with Azerbaijan next up in June, while Norway are second bottom on just three points. After a touching tribute to the late Derry City captain Ryan McBride, the hosts wasted no time in taking the lead. Chris Brunt slipped a neat pass into Ward who, despite a poor first touch, managed to spin away from his marker and dispatch a curling finish into the bottom-right corner. Northern Ireland - Norway 2-0 Goals and Highlights 26/03/2017 Northern Ireland - Norway 2-0 Goals and Highlights 26/03/2017 Northern Ireland - Norway Northern Ireland - Norway Northern Ireland - Norway Northern Ireland - Norway

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