2022-23 UEFA Nations League, Group Stage
  • Erling Haaland (26')

Manchester City's Haaland fires Norway to Nations League win over Serbia

Erling Haaland, centre, celebrates with Norway teammates after scoring a goal against Serbia in the Nations League. Getty Images

Striker Erling Haaland's superb first-half volley gave Norway a surprising 1-0 win away to Serbia as they got their Nations League Group B4 campaign underway on Thursday, but they needed goalkeeping heroics from Orjan Nyland to secure the win.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute as Martin Odegaard sliced open the defence with a beautiful pass to Marcus Pedersen who crossed for Haaland to deftly volley home from close range with the only shot on target in the first half.

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Serbia dominated possession and put the Norwegian defence under tremendous pressure in the second half, but Nyland pulled off a string of fine saves to keep his clean sheet intact and secure the three points for his team.

Norway star Haaland is set to move from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City this summer, after the Premier League club announced a deal was in place on May 10. He will add to an already talented squad at City, who have won the last two titles in England's top flight.

Serbia host Slovenia on Sunday, while Norway take on Scandinavian rivals and group leaders Sweden in Stockholm.