OSLO - Norway revived their World Cup qualifying campaign when two goals by Morten Gamst Pedersen propelled them to a stunning 4-0 win over Scotland on Wednesday. After holding their own for the first half hour of the Group Nine clash, Scotland suffered a double blow when defender Gary Caldwell was sent off for a second booking and John Arne Riise scored with a powerful drive from the ensuing free-kick. Pedersen neatly curled the ball past keeper David Marshall to make it 2-0 just before half-time, after Norway were given space by a patchy Scottish defence. Norway continued to dominate in the second half with Erik Huseklepp finding the net after John Carew's shot hit both posts before rolling back. Pedersen added his second from a last-gasp free-kick. The Netherlands have already claimed the direct qualification place from the group, leaving the rest to scrap it out for second and a possible play-off berth. Macedonia are second with seven points, with Scotland behind them on goal difference and Norway with six points in fourth after claiming their first victory of the campaign.
12 August 2009
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