Norway 2-1 Macedonia: Second spot claimed
Scotland’s 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands, who were already assured of qualification as group winners, handed Norway their opportunity and they took it with a slightly nervy victory.
Early goals from Thorstein Helstad and John Arne Riise set Norway on their way and they held on despite Boban Grncarov’s goal with a little over 10 minutes to go.
With the group completed, and Norway finishing in second place with 10 points and a superior goal difference to Scotland, they must now wait to see if they are one of the eight best second-place teams that go into the two-legged playoffs.
That will only become clear once the groups made up of six teams have completed their matches.
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