Alexander Sørloth’s Norway could celebrate UEFA Nations League promotion on Monday night after they struck late to grab a 1-1 draw against Slovenia on Friday.
With his team trailing, the Palace striker was introduced off the bench in the 75th minute, and 10 minutes later a Bjoern Maars Johnsen header salvaged a point which leaves Norway top of their group.
They are currently level on points with Bulgaria, and a win against Cyprus would give them a massive chance of moving out of League C, although simply bettering the Bulgarian’s result would also see them advance.
However, Wayne Hennessey’s Wales saw their chances of promotion from League B derailed by Denmark, who won 2-1 in Cardiff to clinch top spot in the group themselves.
The Eagles keeper was beaten by strikes from Nicolai Jorgensen and Martin Braithwaite, and despite a late consolation by Gareth Bale, Ryan Giggs’ team saw their chances of promotion and a spot in the Euro 2020 play-offs disappear on what was Hennessey’s 81st cap for his country. He could add to that tally as Wales head to Albania for a friendly on Tuesday night.
Two Palace players watched their teams face off in Rotterdam and it was a happy occasion for Patrick van Aanholt as Holland beat world champions France 2-0, but neither Van Aanholt or Mamadou Sakho featured in the game, with the French centre-back an unused sub.
A draw for the Dutch against relegated Germany on Monday will see them reach next summer’s semi-finals, joining England, Switzerland and Portugal. Sakho meanwhile will hope to get on the field in France’s friendly with Uruguay on Tuesday.
Meanwhile in Africa, as well as Jordan Ayew netting twice for Ghana in their 2-0 win over Ethiopia, already-qualified Senegal won 1-0 against Equatorial Guinea in Bata thanks to an own goal by Luis Meseguer, with Cheikhou Kouyaté captaining the Lions of Teranga once again.
Academy midfielder Will Donkin saw Chinese Taipei exit the East Asian Championships after a 2-0 defeat against North Korea, but he came off the bench with 35 minutes to go to win his 11th international cap aged just 17.