NATIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Haaland nets twice as Norway defeat Sweden

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New Manchester City forward Erling Haaland continued his fine form for Norway as he netted twice to help his country defeat Sweden 3-2.

Aged just 21, he £51million man took his international tally to 20 goals in 21 games at international level with a brilliant brace in Oslo.

After a well-placed header in the first half, Haaland send Robin Olsen the wrong way from the penalty spot in the second period to help Norwary on their way to a second victory over Sweden in a week.

Erling Haaland scored two more goals for Norway as they defeated Sweden 3-2

© Provided by Daily MailErling Haaland scored two more goals for Norway as they defeated Sweden 3-2

A second half penalty followed a fine header as he took his international goal tally to 20

© Provided by Daily MailA second half penalty followed a fine header as he took his international goal tally to 20

Emil Forsberg did halve the deficit just after the hour mark when he made it 2-1 with a finely-placed effort from the edge of the area.

But former Crystal Palace forward Alexander Sorloth restored the hosts’ two-goal lead just 15 minutes later when Haaland picked out his strike partner with a neat chip.

The hosts were dealt a late scare when Coventry City forward Viktor Gyokeres scored a second for Sweden when goalkeeper Orjan Nyland collided with teammate Leo Skiri Ostigard and dropped the ball, but survived a late flurry to register their third win from four games.

Haaland rose high to head home the opening goal of the game in the first half

© Provided by Daily MailHaaland rose high to head home the opening goal of the game in the first half

Norway, who missed out on qualification for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, are now four points clear at the top of the group, though Serbia, who sit second, have a game in hand.

In Group B4, the spoils were shared as Slovenia and Serbia drew 2-2.

Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 43 goals in 44 games in the Championship last season, scored Serbia’s second, rising highest to head home from Dusan Tadic’s cross to put the visitors into a two-goal lead.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was on the scoresheet once again for Serbia in the Nations League

© Provided by Daily MailAleksandar Mitrovic was on the scoresheet once again for Serbia in the Nations League

The Fulham forward rose highest to put his side 2-0 up in the 35th minute of the game

© Provided by Daily MailThe Fulham forward rose highest to put his side 2-0 up in the 35th minute of the game

It was the 27-year-old’s 46th goal for his country, which extended his record as Serbia’s all-time top goalscorer.

But Slovenia hit back in the second half, with goals from Adam Gnezda Cerin and Benjamin Sesko ensuring the points were shared.

Elsewhere, San Marino – FIFA’s lowest ranked side, were perhaps unfortunate to lose 1-0 away to Malta, with Zach Muscat scoring the only goal of the game.

San Marino lost to Malta by just one goal at the Ta' Qali National Stadium on Sunday evening

© Provided by Daily MailSan Marino lost to Malta by just one goal at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium on Sunday evening

The visitors remain bottom of Group D2, with Malta second only on goal difference to leaders Estonia.

In Volos, Greece were confirmed as winners of Group C2, keeping up their 100 per cent record in beating Kosovo 2-0.

In what was ultimately a comfortable outing for Gus Poyet’s side, Giorgos Giakoumakis opened the scoring before Petros Mantalos wrapped things up deep into injury time.

Greece eased to victory against Kosovo to win Group C2, the game finishing 2-0

© Provided by Daily MailGreece eased to victory against Kosovo to win Group C2, the game finishing 2-0

Gus Poyet has overseen a positive change of fortunes for the Greek national team

© Provided by Daily MailGus Poyet has overseen a positive change of fortunes for the Greek national team

Meanwhile, North Macedonia hammered Gibraltar 4-0 in Group C4 largely in thanks to a brace from Bojan Miovski, with all four goals coming in the first half of the match.

Georgia and Bulgaria played out a 0-0 draw in the other game in the group, but Georgia are now just three points clear at the top of the table following North Macedonia’s win.

Bulgaria are third with three points, with Gibraltar bottom with one point.

Bojan Miovski netted twice for North Macedonia as they beat Gibraltar 4-0 in Gr

© Provided by Daily MailBojan Miovski netted twice for North Macedonia as they beat Gibraltar 4-0 in Gr

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