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Match Report
Trinidad & Tobago Norway
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Russell Latapy (pen 24')
Russell Latapy (45')
Russell Latapy (pen 53')

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DateVenueLocationAttendance
1995-11-29Queens Park OvalPort-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago24000


Latapy hat-trick stuns Norway


Another disappointing result from the Norwegian reserves. And this time it  wasn't undeserved either, as T&T were quicker and not as disorganized  in defense as Jamaica on Sunday.

It started so well with a 2-0 lead after  20 minutes, but instead of building from that lead, Norway allowed the  home side into the game. Particularly the Porto-player and captain Latapy was excellent, and he showed that the home country has more good players  than Dwight Yorke of Aston Villa.

Time after time the home side went past  a non-existing Norwegian midfield, and were allowed to run at the defense. The system of high pressure didn't work very well either, as the technical  T&T players were rarely disposessed of the ball. Instead the high pressure  left big gaps in midfield and defense, especially as the ground was a  king size 110x70 metres.

The referee from Barbados handed the Norwegians  five yellow cards, some of which were very dubious, and generally was very  kind to the home side, but still both penalties were justified. One thing  these two matches in the Caribbean showed was that the younger players  still have a long way to go before they eventually replace the more experienced players currently on the national team.

Of the players at this  tour, only Grodås, Mykland, Solbakken, Flo and Rudi look certainties for  the WC-team next year, and of them only Rudi was without first national  team experience before. The rest of the younger players still need more  matches before any of them are a real alternative to players on the EC-team  this year. Sad, but true.

LINEUP
 Ross Russell
 Subbed outCraig Demmin
 Subbed in 90' Travis Mulraine
 Ansil Elcock
6.Marvin Faustin
 Richard Theodore
 Arnold Dwarika
 Brian Haynes
10.Russell Latapy (capt.)
 Anthony Rougier
11.Subbed outLeonson Lewis
 Subbed in 88' Shawn Garcia
 Subbed outEvans Wise
 Subbed in 81' Stern John
SUBSTITUTES
 Shawn Garcia
 Travis Mulraine
 Stern John
COACH
 Zoran Vranes
SUBSTITUTIONS
81'Subbed outSubbed inStern John for Evans Wise
88'Subbed outSubbed inShawn Garcia for Leonson Lewis
90'Subbed outSubbed inTravis Mulraine for Craig Demmin