UEFA turned the postponed Nations League match between Romania and Norway into a regulatory 3-0 defeat for the Norwegians on Wednesday.

As a result, Northern Ireland can no longer escape relegation in group 1 of division B.

Norway should have played in Romania last Sunday.

However, the Norwegian government banned the squad from flying to Bucharest.

The team had to be quarantined by the Norwegian Ministry of Health after a positive corona test by international Omar Elabdellaoui.

UEFA showed no understanding.

According to the European Football Association, the Norwegian Football Association has canceled the game itself.

The special corona rules stipulate that a match must be played when a team can line up at least thirteen players, including a goalkeeper.

UEFA claims that the Norwegian Football Association has not acted on this.

With a completely new selection, Norway will finish the last group match against Austria in Vienna on Wednesday.

Both countries still have a chance of promotion to division A. Northern Ireland plays at home against number three Romania, which can no longer promote or relegate.

Due to the absence of the permanent forces, Jørgen Strand Larsen makes his debut for Norway against Austria.

The twenty-year-old attacker of FC Groningen has a basic place.

With three goals in the Eredivisie, he has a good start with the Groningers, who took him over from Sarpsborg 08 FF last summer.

It is the first time that UEFA punishes a country in the Nations League with a regulatory 3-0 defeat following the corona measures.

It happened recently in the preliminary rounds of the Champions League and the Europa League, but not in the main schedule of both tournaments.

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