Elyounoussi on target for Norway

By SFC Media Tue 16 Oct International
Photo by Getty Images | Mohamed Elyounoussi

Southampton’s Mohamed Elyounoussi fired Norway to the top of their UEFA Nations League group, as he netted the only goal of the game in their win over Bulgaria.

Elyounoussi finished off a brilliant 31st-minute move, in Oslo, as Norway climbed above their opponents, on goal difference, in Group 3 of League C.

It completed a fine week for Lars Lagerbäck’s team, who also recorded a 1-0 home win over Slovenia, on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Nations League, Shane Long came off the bench for Republic of Ireland, as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Wales.

Long was brought on for Aiden O’Brien in the 56th minute, moments before Harry Wilson scored a superb free-kick.

The result leaves the Irish bottom of League B’s Group 4.

Also in action this evening were Jannik Vestergaard and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who started for Denmark in their 2-0 home friendly win over Austria.

Both played the full game, as Lukas Lerager netted in the 29th minute, before Martin Braithwaite scored the second deep into added time at the end of the match.

Earlier in the day, Mario Lemina and Gabon kept their hopes of qualifying for the finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations alive as they completed back-to-back wins over South Sudan.

Having recorded a 3-0 home win against the same opposition on Friday, Gabon beat them again this afternoon, 1-0, in an away clash, with André Poko scoring shortly after half-time.

Gabon sit second in Group C, with two games remaining, against leaders Mali, who are one point ahead of them, and third-placed Burundi, who are one point behind them, with the top two advancing.

Elsewhere, Saints defender Maya Yoshida kick-started the day, as he captained Japan in their thrilling friendly victory over Uruguay.

The Samurai Blue emerged 4-3 winners in Saitama, as they prevailed in a back-and-forth encounter.

Japan twice took the lead in the first half, only to be pegged back each time, before opening up a 4-2 lead in the second half and eventually holding on despite Uruguay’s late rally.

There was no action for goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who was an unused substitute as England Under-21s finished their 2019 European Championship qualification campaign with a 2-0 win away to Scotland.

The Young Lions finished well clear at the top of their group, as they now look to next summer’s finals in Italy and San Marino.

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