Despite the obvious threat of Haaland, it wasn’t the Dortmund man who caused immediate threat to Gibraltar at the start of the match as Real Sociedad’s Alexander Sorloth tested Kyle Goldwin, (who was back between the sticks for Gibraltar due to Coleing's injury) multiple times in the opening minutes.
Sorloth’s efforts on goal set the tone for the majority of the match as Norway, knowing that only the top 2 of the group qualify for the World Cup Finals in Qatar, were eager to improve their goal difference and set themselves up to do exactly that.
Gibraltar defended admirably in the opening exchanges of the half, limiting the space in behind their backline and frustrating both the Norway team as well as the home supporters within the Ullevaal Stadion.
With this being said, Norway was still able to carve out a host of chances, with Goldwin proving key to keeping the score level, as well as young 20-year-old midfielder Kian Ronan who cleared a ball off the line in the 18thminute, getting in the way of Hanche-Olsen’s headed effort and clearing the danger.
Unfortunately for Gibraltar, it wasn’t long after Ronan’s heroics that the home side took the lead through Thorstvedt who slammed home a Meling low cross to put the hosts 1-0 up in the 22nd minute.