Erling Haaland kept up his scorching goal-scoring pace, but Slovenia proved to be a setback for Norway's attempt to gain promotion to the Nations League. 22-year-old Haaland gave the Group B4 leaders his sixth goal in five games in the 2022-23 Nations League. However, goals from Andraz Sporar and Benjamin Sesko in the second half changed the outcome of the game in Slovenia's favour.
When Serbia plays Sweden later on Saturday, they will have the opportunity to overtake Norway at the top of the standings. Before the two teams square off in their last group game on Tuesday, a win for Serbia would put them ahead of Norway on goal differential. Haaland has scored six of Norway's seven goals in the Nations League, and his most recent goal, which came as a result of a defensive blunder, brings his total for the year to 21 goals in 22 games for his nation.
Additionally, after joining the Premier League champions Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund this season, he has scored 14 goals in just 10 games. 11 goals have been scored in seven league games, while three of those goals have been scored in two Champions League contests for Pep Guardiola's team.