Tettey’s Euro 2016 dream suffers a major setback
PUBLISHED: 22:08 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:53 13 November 2015
Alex Tettey’s hopes of playing in the finals of the European Championships in France next year suffered a blow when Norway lost 1-0 at home to Hungary in the first leg of the play-offs.
The Norwich City midfielder played for the full 90 minutes in Oslo, picking up a booking into the bargain, as his side ended up losing a game they dominated for long periods.
In an open and entertaining clash, Norway had 21 efforts on goal but could find no way past veteran keeper Gabor Kiraly.
The visitors - wearing black armbands in tribute to former goalkeeper Marton Fulop, who died yesterday - scored the only goal on 26 minutes when debutant Laszlo Kleinheisler smashed in from 15 yards.
The two sides will meet again in Budapest on Sunday in the second leg, with a place at next summer’s finals at stake.
Meanwhile Youssouf Mulumbu and Dieumerci Mbokani helped DR Congo complete a late comeback to win 3-2 in Burundi 3-2 on a rain-sodden pitch in the first leg of their tie to reach the third round of World Cup qualifying for the 2018 tournament in Russia. Mulumbu captained DR Congo in a side that also featured Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie, Newcastle’s Chancel Mbemba and Peterborough United defender Gabriel Zakuani. Bolasie put the visitors ahead in the fifth minute. DR Congo appeared to be heading for defeat after Cedric Amissi’s brace, but substitute Ndombe Mubele scored twice in the final four minutes of normal time to hand his side the advantage ahead of Sunday’s return leg.
Mulumbu and Mbokani both played the full 90 minutes with Mulumbu picking up a booking.
Sebastien Bassong’s Cameroon begin their round two quest today when they travel to Niger, with the second leg next Tuesday.