Martin Odegaard rages as Erling Haaland forced into social media apology

Norway were held to a 1-1 friendly draw against Slovakia on Tuesday evening but it was an evening to forget for Erling Haaland, while Martin Odegaard was also far from happy


Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard was at the heart of an angry showdown with the referee during Norway’s controversial draw with Slovakia.

The Scandinavian nation were held 1-1 on Tuesday evening. Former Crystal Palace striker Alexander Sorloth gave his side the lead early on

He thought he had a second just before the break as he nodded home from Odegaard’s corner. The forward’s celebrations were curtailed after the goal was chalked off by the referee for what he perceived as a push by Sorloth.

That decision did not go down particularly well with Norway. Odegaard was at the heart of the protests following the call and resultant VAR decision.

He – alongside Erling Haaland – argued with the referee. That continued as the half-time whistle blew as he passionately remonstrated with the fourth official, while Sorloth again made his complaints known to the referee.

Norway’s frustration grew just minutes after the break. They were awarded a penalty after ex-Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi was taken down in the area.

Manchester City star Haaland assumed responsibility for his nation but saw his effort tipped away by Slovakian goalkeeper Marek Rodák. He took to social media shortly after the game to apologise.

Erling Haaland

Slovakia eventually found their equaliser through Ondrej Duda in the 87th-minute. Despite both Odegaard and Haaland having a tricky time of things, the Arsenal star’s teammate has leapt to his defence. Oscar Bobb has suggested that Odegaard is one of the best in his position in the world.

“It is a dream to play with Martin. Having one of the world’s best No. 10s next to me makes it much easier,” the Man City starlet told TV2.

Odegaard has since returned the favour after Bobb earned comparisons to his Arsenal teammate Bukayo Saka. He said: “They are two fantastic players, and two players who are very good with the ball. Oscar is perhaps more of a ball player and has been more of a midfielder, so a slightly different type

“I have played with Saka for a long time, I know him well and it [our connection] works very well. Now I played with Oscar last time, and felt we had a very good link. We found each other and understood each other. It’s always nice to play with quality players. You could see the move he showed against the Czech Republic. He has an X-factor.”

Odegaard, Haaland and Bobb will all be in action this summer as Norway take on Kosovo and Denmark in friendlies. They will not play at the Euros though after Norway finished third behind Spain and Scotland in their qualification group.


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