Norway got off to a dream start in today's friendly match against Germany when Leni Larsen Kaurin gave Norway the early lead with a goal in the first minute.
BEND IT LIKE KAURIN!!
After Germany tied the score in the 22nd minute, Ragnhild Gulbrandsen gave Norway the lead again six minutes later. Norway held on to their 2-1 lead until the 75th minute, which was when Prinz capitalized on a defensive mistake by Marit Fiane Christensen who had been subbed into the match only five minutes earlier.
Here are the match statistics that were posted at the fotball.no site:
Germany - Norway (1-2) 2-2
Venue: Am Bruchweg, Mainz, Germany.
Referee: Biblana Steinhus, Tyskland.
Scoring: 0-1 Larsen Kaurin (1), 1-1 Behringer (22), 1-2 R. Gulbrandsen (28), 2-2 Prinz (75)
Norway's Squad (4-3-3): Bente Nordby - Siri Nordby, Trine Rønning (Marit Fiane Christensen 70. min), Ane S. Horpestad, Gunhild B. Følstad (Camilla Huse 46. min) - Solveig Gulbrandsen, Ingvild Stensland, Lene Storløkken - Leni Larsen Kaurin, Ragnhild Gulbrandsen (Lise Klaveness 60. min), Melissa Wiik (Marie Knutsen 46. min)
I'd be interested to see what comments those who watched the match have about how Norway played. From what I understand of the Norwegian match report I attempted to read, Lene Storløkken had another good match today. After playing so well in road matches against the #1 ranked U.S. and now against #2 ranked Germany, I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Storløkken in the starting lineup again in Norway's first WC match against Canada.
Interesting to see that Lise Klaveness came in as a sub for Ragnhild in the 60th minute, while her former Asker teammate Kaurin played the full 90. According to the askerfk.no site, the goal scored by Kaurin was her first after 28 appearances with Norway's "A" team.
During the month of August Kaurin also scored her first league goal this season as well as her first goal in a Cup match when she scored the match winner against Røa that put Asker into their fourth straight Cup Final. In an interview after the match Kaurin promised that it wouldn't be 28 matches before she scores again for Norway.
Asker's third starter in the match ,Melissa Wiik, was subbed out after 45 minutes, but that may have been because Wiik had been very sick earlier in the week. Wiik is currently the leading scorer in Norway's premiere league with 16 goals, while Ragnhild and Solveig Gulbrandsen are tied for second with 12 goals each.
ASKER'S NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS (L-R KAURIN, GULBRANDSEN, & WIIK) WERE EXCITED ABOUT STARTING AGAINST GERMANY TODAY