Mohamed Elyounoussi
Mohamed Elyounoussi fires past Bailey Peacock-Farrell for the opening goal of the game

Northern Ireland suffered a bruising 5-1 Nations League defeat by Norway in manager Ian Baraclough’s first home game in charge.

A frantic start saw Paddy McNair equalise Mohamed Elyounoussi’s second-minute opener before the the visitors took control at Windsor Park.

The impressive Erling Haaland scored with two excellent strikes, while Alexander Sorloth also netted a double.

NI drew 1-1 with Romania in their first match in the competition on Friday.

After the euphoria of Gavin Whyte’s late equaliser which earned a point in Bucharest after Josh Magennis had been sent off, this loss was a chastening experience for the squad.

The only positive was captain Steven Davis equalling Pat Jennings’ all-time appearance record of 119 matches, but the Rangers man will be in no mood for celebrations after he and his team-mates were outclassed.

Three-one down after 19 minutes thanks to goals from Elyounoussi, Haaland and Sorloth, that scoreline remained unchanged until half-time before another quickfire double from Haaland and Sorloth soon after the break took the game away from a hapless home side.

Haaland too good as Norwegians outclass toothless NI

Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland is one of the most talked about prospects in world football and he showed exactly why with a dominating performance against the home back four in which Daniel Ballard was winning only his second cap.

Norway opened the scoring in the second minute when Stefan Johansen’s clipped cross evaded Michael Smith at the far post and the unmarked Elyounoussi had time to control on his chest and volley home an angled finish.

The lead only last six minutes as Ballard played a searching ball over the top for Conor Washington. The striker ran on to it and when his shot was parried by goalkeeper Rune Jarstein, McNair was on hand to score the rebound.

Source: BBC Sport


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