Erling Haaland continued his stunning goalscoring form with a hat-trick in Norway's 4-0 win over Romania but was quick to praise team-mate Martin Odegaard, warning there is much more to come from the young duo.

Lars Lagerback's side bounced back from their Euro 2020 play-off loss to Serbia on Thursday with a resounding Nations League triumph, with Haaland the star of the show.

The Borussia Dortmund striker has scored 17 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances and now has six in as many outings on the international stage.

Two of the 20-year-old's goals on Sunday were assisted by Odegaard, who is just a year older, and Haaland was keen to share the credit.

"I just have to pay tribute to him a little. Finally he came to his senses and played the ball to me," he joked after interrupting Odegaard's interview with TV2, with the Real Madrid midfielder suggesting he could share the match ball.

"Yes, I can simply split it in two," added Haaland. 

"It's nice to play with Odegaard. It will only get better in the years to come. We are still young."

Odegaard revealed what a luxury it is to play with Haaland, who has perfected the timing of his runs to make the most of any passes in behind.

"We know that it's just [a case of] getting the ball in behind," said Odegaard.

"He starts perfectly every time and almost never goes offside. He times it well and always gets there first."

Coach Lagerback was also quick to join in with the praise, adding of Haaland: "He is still very young.

"It's unfair to compare players, but I've never had a striker who has been as far ahead as him. 

"He holds a high international class. But if you wait a little longer, I will compare with other players."

Substitute Gavin Whyte scored late on to earn 10-man Northern Ireland a 1-1 Nations League draw against Romania in Ian Baraclough's first game in charge.

Baraclough officially took over as head coach in June after Michael O'Neill stepped aside and his tenure got off to a dramatic start at the National Arena on Friday.

George Puscas put Romania in front after 25 minutes and Josh Magennis was dismissed shortly before half-time to make the visitors' task all the more difficult.

But a string of impressive saves from Bailey Peacock-Farrell kept Northern Ireland in the game and Whyte headed in four minutes from time to earn his side a point in their Group B1 opener.

 

Adrian Mutu has been handed the chance to kick-start his coaching career with Romania Under-21s - a team he starred for before becoming a world-renowned top striker.

The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) confirmed Mutu in the job on Wednesday, after successful talks with president Razvan Burleanu.

It means the 41-year-old former Juventus, Fiorentina and Chelsea forward assumes control of a side who are in the frame to qualify for the Euro 2021 finals.

"I feel honoured, it is a big responsibility for me," said Mutu, quoted on the FRF website.

The Romania Under-21 side were semi-finalists at Euro 2019, where they beat Croatia and England and drew with France before losing to Germany in the semi-finals.

He takes over from Mirel Radoi, who in November was rewarded for his success by being appointed head coach of the senior Romania team.

Mutu said: "I'm coming after Mirel Radoi, who made history with the national Under-21s, and this motivates me even more. This is a talented new generation, this campaign started well. The objective is qualification for the Euros."

Mutu has previously had a short spell as boss of Romanian club side Voluntari and has also coached the Al Wahda reserve team in Abu Dhabi.

The Romania Under-21 side sit second in their Euro 2021 qualifying group, behind leaders Denmark.

Romania have appointed Mirel Radoi as their coach ahead of next year's Euro 2020 play-off with Iceland, the Romanian Football Federation (RFF) has announced.

His appointment was ratified by members of the RFF's executive committee on Tuesday and he will succeed Cosmin Contra after he resigned from the role last week. 

Radoi moves up to the senior squad after impressing as the coach of Romania's Under-21 side, who reached the semi-finals of this year's UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

That performance meant Romania qualified for the Olympics for the first time in 56 years, earning promotion for Radoi.

He will lead Romania into a play-off in Reykjavik in March with the winners of that tie taking on either Bulgaria or Hungary for a place at Euro 2020.

Scotland have been drawn against Israel in the Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals.

Aiming to reach their first major finals in 22 years, Steve Clarke's side will face Israel in a one-legged tie at Hampden Park on March 26.

The winner of that match will go on to face either Norway or Serbia in the Path C final five days later.

Scotland beat Israel 3-2 at Hampden Park last November en route to topping their Nations League group and Clarke is after a repeat result in four months' time.

"The draw is what it is," he told Sky Sports News. "I never get too carried away about who you are going to play. 

"It would been nice to repeat the home win, but the match will come with its own level of pressure, which we will have to embrace.

"Being at home is very important for us. I'm sure Hampden will be full, with the Tartan Army on the march. It's a great stadium when it's full, so if we start fast we can get them all behind us."

Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are on course to meet in the Path B final, having been drawn away to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia respectively in the semis.

In Path A, Romania travel to Iceland and Bulgaria host Hungary, while Belarus are at Georgia and North Macedonia face Kosovo in Path D.

The four play-off winners will join the 20 teams that have already qualified for the finals, which will take place in 12 different cities next year.

Spain wrapped up their successful Euro 2020 qualification campaign in style with a rampant 5-0 victory over Romania in Madrid.

Robert Moreno's side already had qualification and top spot in Group F secured heading into their final fixture and followed up a 7-0 demolition of Malta with another dominant display at the Wanda Metropolitano on Monday.

With the excellent Santi Cazorla having already hit the crossbar, Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Gerard Moreno's double then put Spain out of sight.

Adrian Rus' own goal completed the first-half scoring, with substitute Mikel Oyarzabal picking out the bottom-left corner in the 91st minute to complete the rout.

Jose Gaya's foul saw the hosts have a goal disallowed in the fifth minute, before Cazorla rattled the bar with a brilliant strike from 18 yards.

Spain's dominance swiftly paid dividends, though - Fabian calmly side-footing home his first international goal after Ciprian Tatarusanu failed to hold Dani Carvajal's effort.

Romania would have been level if not for Kepa Arrizabalaga's save from George Puscas, and Spain made their goalkeeper's work count when Gerard headed in from Cazorla's exquisite first-time cross.

Cazorla was involved again when Gerard doubled his tally, playing a neat pass into Gaya, who crossed for the Villarreal forward to tuck in.

There was still time for Romania's first half to get worse - Rus diverting Gerard's cutback beyond Tatarusanu in the 45th minute.

Sergio Ramos looked set to make it 5-0 shortly after the break, only for Spain's captain to volley over from close range.

Alvaro Morata seemed to have been forced wide moments later but managed to dig out an effort that clipped away off the post in the 55th minute.

Spain's efforts to get a fifth were finally rewarded in stoppage time – Oyarzabal unleashing a crisp strike on the turn to round off La Roja's qualification in fitting fashion.

 

What does it mean? Sparkling Spain look in good shape

Moreno has picked up seamlessly where former coach Luis Enrique left off and - after a dismal World Cup campaign - Spain, with a rejuvenated squad, are sure to be contenders for the top prize next year.

Evergreen Cazorla shines bright

Cazorla's resurgence for Spain is a wonderful story and at this rate the midfielder - who will be 35 by the time the finals roll around - could well be one of Spain's chief creators at Euro 2020.

The former Arsenal playmaker was desperately unlucky not to open the scoring early on, before teeing up Spain's second with a delightful cross and playing a key part in La Roja's third.

Hapless Romania ravaged at the back

Romania's capital Bucharest is a host city for Euro 2020, but unless Cosmin Contra's side display more resilience in defence than they did on Monday, they will have little hope of making it through the play-offs.

What's next?

While Spain will begin preparations for Euro 2020 with friendlies in March, Romania will discover their play-off opponents on Friday.

Alvaro Morata vowed to continue pushing to earn a place in Spain's squad for Euro 2020, accepting he faces a fight for a spot.

Morata returned to the squad this month and opened the scoring in the 7-0 thrashing of Malta in Euro 2020 qualifying on Friday.

The forward has scored seven goals in 13 games for Atletico Madrid this season and the 27-year-old wants to continue his form to guarantee a spot at next year's European Championship.

"I am confident on the pitch and I know I will have to give everything during the season in order to be at the European Championships," Morata told a news conference on Sunday.

"There won't be space for everybody. I want to keep going, doing everything I can for Atletico and Spain.

"If I play well at the club the Euros will be closer at the end of the season for sure."

Spain have already progressed from Group F ahead of hosting Romania in their final qualifier at the Wanda Metropolitano on Monday.

Robert Moreno has overseen six wins and two draws since first taking charge of Spain in March and the head coach has been happy with his side's progress.

"When you give all you have in order to get everything and you can see the players do that as well, so you can just give 10 out of 10," he said.

"Results sometimes are complex and I think we have done a really good job, my mum says that when she watches us on TV and I agree with her.

"I am giving my staff and my team 10 out of 10 as I couldn't ask more from them."

Moreno is wary of Romania, who are third in the group and have secured a spot in the play-offs.

"I don't think it will be easy, I think it will be even more difficult because when there are teams playing for something there is some pressure, which sometimes is bad for the team," he said.

"Romania are not playing for anything as they have secured a place in the play-offs, so that will make them a more dangerous opponent.

"I would like Cosmin Contra to continue coaching Romania. He is doing a good job. I think he is a good coach. If he wants to keep coaching Romania I think it will be good for the country."

Alexander Isak was subjected to racist abuse as Sweden booked their spot at Euro 2020 with a win over Romania on Friday.

Isak, 20, came off the bench during the win in Bucharest, with the game halted shortly after his 78th-minute introduction.

While play was then allowed to continue, the Real Sociedad forward confirmed he had reported racist abuse to the referee, describing the incident as "incredibly sad".

"Of course it is sad for the moment, but at the same time we were prepared for such things to happen, even if it does not help in that way," Isak told C More.

"I think I could handle it well and the team's support was incredible too.

"We did well and it is incredibly sad that such things happen, but what should we do?"

With one game remaining, Sweden (18 points) are second to Spain (23) in Group F, with both sides having already progressed.

Finland were the other team to book their spot at Euro 2020 on Friday after a 3-0 victory over Liechtenstein, reaching their first major tournament.

Denmark and Switzerland moved closer to qualifying from Group D after wins over Gibraltar and Georgia respectively.

With 15 points, Denmark top the group ahead of Switzerland (14) and the Republic of Ireland (12), with all three teams having one game left to play.

Dani Olmo has been named in the senior Spain squad for the first time for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, while Alvaro Morata has been recalled.

Coach Roberto Moreno has boosted his attacking options ahead of matches against Malta and Romania, although Spain have already booked their place in next year's finals.

That includes a call-up for Olmo, who starred as Spain won the European Under-21 Championship in June.

The winger, who came through Barcelona's famed academy, has subsequently impressed for Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League, scoring four times through the qualifying rounds and the group stage to date.

Morata is also included, alongside Borussia Dortmund forward Paco Alcacer.

Atletico Madrid's Morata has rediscovered his best form in recent weeks, netting in five consecutive games in all competitions heading into this squad announcement.

Spain have injury concerns elsewhere in the squad, but Rodri has surprisingly been selected.

The Manchester City midfielder suffered a hamstring injury against Atalanta in the Champions League last month, and manager Pep Guardiola suggested he would not return until after the international break.

Moreno has opted against bringing in Dani Ceballos, though, after the Arsenal midfielder - who sustained a similar issue this week - was ruled out of the weekend's Premier League action.

Jordi Alba is missing, too, meaning Jose Luis Gaya comes back into the squad.


Spain squad in full: David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Pau Lopez (Roma); Jose Luis Gaya (Valencia), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Villarreal), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Juan Bernat (Paris Saint-Germain), Inigo Martinez (Athletic Bilbao); Rodri (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Saul (Atletico Madrid), Fabian (Napoli); Paco Alcacer (Borussia Dortmund), Dani Olmo (Dinamo Zagreb), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo (Valencia).

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