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Haaland nets 22nd career hat-trick as Norway see off Kosovo

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jun 2024

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Erling Haaland netted the 22nd hat-trick of his career for club and country as Norway eased to a 3-0 win over Kosovo in Wednesday’s international friendly at Ullevaal Stadion.

The Manchester City striker, who was crowned the Premier League’s top scorer in 2023-24 for the second season running, took just 15 minutes to get off the mark in Oslo.

Haaland headed home David Moller Wolfe’s cross inside the six-yard box, before doubling his tally in the 70th minute with a clipped finish after being played through on goal.

The third and final goal arrived three minutes later as the prolific striker exchanged passes with Aron Donnum and fired home after Kosovo made a mess of cutting out the danger.

Haaland now has 30 goals in just 32 appearances for Norway, who face Denmark in their next friendly on Saturday.

Euro 2024-bound Denmark were themselves in friendly action on Wednesday as they earned a 2-1 win over Sweden thanks to a late Christian Eriksen strike.

Eriksen netted via a dipping shot in the 86th minute at Parken Stadium after Alexander Isak had earlier cancelled out Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s opener.

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