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Sørloth Helps Norway Gain Nations League Promotion

20 November 2018

Alexander Sørloth's Norway had cause to celebrate on Monday night as they beat Cyprus 2-0 to earn promotion into UEFA Nations League B.

Two goals from LA Galaxy attacker Ola Kamara put the Scandinavians in firm control of proceedings in Nicosia, and with Bulgaria being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Slovenia, the two-goal win was sufficient for Norway to top their group and earn qualification.

Sørloth entered the fray in the 71st minute to win his 17th international cap and had a couple of chances to wrap up the win but couldn't add to his two goals for his country.

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However, by virtue of Norway winning promotion, the Palace man now has a great chance of reaching Euro 2020 as his team have guaranteed themselves a play-off place should they need it following the qualifying campaign which will take place next year, handing Norway hope of ending their 20-year long wait to reach an international tournament.

Meanwhile, Patrick van Aanholt's Holland also enjoyed a successful night last night as they staged a late comeback to draw 2-2 with Germany and top their group, handing them a spot in next summer's Nations League finals which will determine the winner.

Despite remaining on the bench for the encounter in Schalke, Van Aanholt may now get the opportunity to lift some silverware when the Dutch compete against England, Switzerland and Portugal, who host the tournament in June.

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