Norway 2, Brazil 1
MARSEILLE, France (AP) _ Kjetil Rekdal converted an 89th-minute penalty kick as Norway stunningly rallied with two goals in the final seven minutes to move into the second round of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Brazil Tuesday night.
Trailing 1-0 and looking like it was headed out after the first round, Tore Andre Flo gave Norway hope with a remarkable individual effort in the 83rd minute. Flo ran onto a long pass, one-touched it to the middle of the penalty area and beat goalkeeper Taffarel with a strike from 12 yards.
With Morocco beating Scotland 3-0 in Saint-Etienne and sure to advance from Group A with a Brazil victory or draw, American referee Esse Baharmast called Junior Baiano for knocking down Flo as the two battled for position on a high ball. Replays indicated little contact on the play.
Rekdal firmly stuck his penalty kick into the lower left side of the net and Norway reached the second round of the World Cup for the first time in three tries.
The Norwegian reserves sprinted onto the field to hug and contratulate their teammates when they clinched a spot vs. Italy on Saturday in Marseille.
Brazil controlled possession throughout and finally looked like the winner when Bebeto converted Denilson’s cross with a header in the 78th minute.
Denilson fell, but still managed to keep possession, spin away from Norwegian defender Berg Henning and strike a left-footed cross chest high across the penalty area. Streaking through, Bebeto put his head onto the ball and directed it into the middle of the net.
Brazil already had qualified for the second round, assured of winning Group A and a round of 16 meeting with Chile on Saturday in Paris.