Martin Odegaard put in an impressive display with Norway on Friday, but his teammates wasted a good opportunity to secure three points.

MALAGA, SPAIN: Martin Odegaard of Norway during the International Friendly match between Norway and Greece at La Rosaleda Stadium on June 6, 2021, in Malaga, Spain. Copyright: Joaquin Corchero
MALAGA, SPAIN: Martin Odegaard of Norway during the International Friendly match between Norway and Greece at La Rosaleda Stadium on June 6, 2021, in Malaga, Spain. Copyright: Joaquin Corchero

Not for the first time in recent matches, Martin Odegaard was Norway’s creator-in-chief as they took on Turkey this week. The Arsenal man captained his country for their World Cup qualifier, and he created four chances including one big late chance.

Odegaard played a small role in Norway’s first-half equaliser, with a short corner routine that eventually led to Kristian Thorstvedt making it 1-1. But he should really have been involved in a winning goal in the 96th minute.

With the scores still tied at 1-1, Odegaard drifted in from the left and floated a cross into the area. It fell perfectly for Mohamed Elyounoussi, just a few yards out, but he headed wide of the target.

Norway had to settle for a draw, with a Netherlands win over Latvia taking them two points clear of Odegaard’s side at the top of the group.

The Arsenal and Norway fans watching the game didn’t hide their disappointment at the 22-year-old’s last-minute assist opportunity going begging:

Norway will now hope to pick up the full three points when they face Montenegro on Monday.

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