Northern Ireland humbled at home by Erling Braut Haaland-inspired Norway

Ian Baraclough may find consolation in the troubled start to Michael O’Neill’s ultimately successful reign as Northern Ireland manager but comparisons must cease there. With a place at Euro 2020 at stake in next month’s play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina, O’Neill’s successor can ill afford a repeat of this jaded display and chastening defeat against Norway.

Erling Braut Haaland destroyed them with a display that underlined why his international manager, Lars Lagerback, has drawn parallels with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the eve of the game.

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