Euro 2012 - Matchpack: Norway v Croatia

Sat, 02 Jun 09:15:00 2012

Team news, manager quotes and match odds ahead of the international friendly between Denmark and Australia at Parken Stadium.

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Havard Nordtveit, who spent three years at Arsenal without making an appearance, remains out with a shoulder injury. Thomas Rogne looks set to also miss the game with a muscle strain and Kim Andre Madsen remains in the squad as cover.

Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has left out injured defender Dejan Lovren and three other players. Former Blackburn Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic, now playing for Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, was deemed surplus to requirements as were Dinamo Zagreb defender Sime Vrsaljko and Hajduk Split goalkeeper Goran Blazevic.


Egil Olsen: "Like us, they want to get the ball forward early, to get the ball out wide and into the box. Set-pieces are an area we are dangerous and on the break – we can play a counter-attacking game if necessary as Croatia are a good side."

Slaven Bilic: "We couldn't have a better warm-up for the opening match against Ireland. Norway are something like Ireland, they're two teams very similar in their style of play and team ability. The match in Oslo will show us where we are a week before our first match. I believe I will get my answers tomorrow. The result is always important and a victory here would bring a better atmosphere and confidence to the team."


Norway 8/5 - Croatia 7/4 - Draw 11/5


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