Martin Ødegaard provided his best performance in months in Norway’s 4-0 victory over Romania in the UEFA Nations League. The Real Madrid player was slotted on the right flank in Norway’s 4-4-2, but had the freedom to roam centrally when Norway got on the ball. Ødegaard played a total of 70 minutes, providing two assists to Haaland, 3 key passes, 1 shot on target, and completed 3 out of 3 take-on’s.
The first assist, was Ødegod at his best. He wins the ball deep in midfield, picks his head up on the dribble, and slots a 30-yard line breaking vertical pass straight into Haaland’s path:
The first assist broke the deadlock and gave Norway an early lead. Ødegaard’s second assist of the game came off a recycled set-piece in the 63rd minute. Ødegaard played a short corner kick which was whipped in, but cleared by Romania. The short corner made its way to Sander Berge at the top of the box, who attempted to shoot, but saw the ball back deflected into the box, finding Ødegaard who had trailed in behind the back four. Ødegaard was left 1 on 1 with Romania’s goalkeeper, Tuturasano, but instead of going for goal with a tight angle, he slotted the ball across goal for Haaland to get an easy tap-in and score his second of the the night:
Madrid fans will be hoping Ødegaard can take this confidence boosting performance and replicate his good form for the club. A fit and firing Ødegaard can be a game-changing talent for Los Blancos.