A late Josh King penalty earned Norway a deserved 1-1 draw against Spain in Euro 2020 qualification at the Ullevaal Stadium on Saturday night in Oslo.
The loss breaks Spain’s streak of 14 Euro qualifying wins and delays the Group F leader’s efforts to clinch a spot at next year’s European Championship final.
Norway did well to hold Spain scoreless in the first half, but the group leaders would find their opener soon after the restart when Saul pounced on a poor clearance and smashed a volley off the fingertips of an outstretched Rune Jarstein in Norway’s goal to take the lead.
Spain gave Norway plenty of chances throughout the second half and it came back to bite them in stoppage time when keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga clattered into Omar Elabdellaoui and referee Michael Oliver pointed directly to the spot.
King stepped up and cooly slotted home past Kepa to earn his team the point and keep Norway’s hopes of qualifying for next year’s finals alive.
“It’s a real shame we couldn’t win the game but it’s very difficult to play against a team that knew they were almost out of contention if they lost,” said Spain captain Sergio Ramos.
“They played to their strengths in the final stages, putting their biggest players in the area.”
Next up for Spain in Group F is an Oct. 15 match against Sweden, who sit second after beating Malta on Saturday, a match that Ramos will miss due to card accumulation after picking up a yellow against Norway.