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Haaland fails to turn up for Norway: Far from a 180m euro striker

Norway’s hopes of qualifying for their first World Cup this century have taken a hit after they fell to a 3-0 home defeat to Turkey in the second round of European qualifying for Qatar 2022.

After failing to score against Gibraltar on Wednesday, it was a second match in a row without a goal for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.

The 20-year-old’s form in the Bundesliga this season had led many to believe that he could be the man to end his country’s World Cup hiatus.

Norway haven’t played at a World Cup finals since France 1998 and it is vital that they pick up points against their main rivals, the Netherlands and Turkey, in Group G for Qatar 2022.

However, Haaland was substituted with his team 3-0 down on Saturday, being replaced by Morten Thorsby with seven minutes of the game left to go.

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Before the international break, the youngster had been prolific for Dortmund, scoring at least two goals in three of his last four games – against Bayern Munich, Sevilla and Koln.

Since joining up with Norway, though, the goals have dried up. Alexander Sorloth, Kristian Thorstvedt and Jonas Svensson netted in the 3-0 win over Gibraltar, while Stale Solbakken‘s side drew a blank against Turkey.

If Norway are to qualify for Qatar – either by finishing first in their group or via the play-offs – they’ll need their star striker to start reproducing his club form in a red shirt.

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