Previous
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
3
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Torino
Empoli
0
1
FT
Game Details
Real Salt Lake
LA Galaxy
1:30 AM GMT May 7, 2015
Game Details
Guaraní
Corinthians
10:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
São Paulo
Cruzeiro
1:00 AM GMT May 7, 2015
Leg 1
Game Details
Atlético MG
Internacional
1:00 AM GMT May 7, 2015
Leg 1
Game Details
Next

Real escape with hope of progress

What the papers say
Read

Real escape with hope of progress

What the papers say
Read
By ESPN Staff

Solskjaer to start on bench in midweek qualifier

OSLO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored twice for Norway in their 4-1 win over Hungary on Saturday, will start Wednesday's European Championship qualifier against Moldova on the bench, coach Aage Hareide said.

Frode Johnsen will start in Solskjaer's place, Hareide said, stoking criticism from Norwegian media who believe the country's best player has been sacrificed to appease his powerful club side.

Hareide justified the move by the fact that Solskjaer, 33, was only beginning his return to international football from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for nearly two years.

'Ole Gunnar played a good game against Hungary but he has to be used sensibly after his long injury, and so he won't be starting against Moldova,' Hareide said in an interview on the Norwegian Football association's website.

'It would have been medically unacceptable (to start him).'

Norway beat Hungary 4-1 on Saturday to make a winning start in Group C alongside Bosnia and Greece, who also won their openers.

Hareide upset Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson by even naming Solskjaer for his squad for this month's qualifiers so soon after his recovery. Solskjaer has not played a full game for his club since his return.