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Scots Stay Alive With 1-1 Tie With Norway

By Stephan Nasstrom
Associated Press
Tuesday, June 16, 1998; 1:27 p.m. EDT




 Craig Burley (center) chases down a pass from David Weir and scores for Scotland despite efforts of Norway's Ronny Johnsen (right) and Dan Eggen. (ian Waldie/Reuters)
BORDEAUX, France — Craig Burley kept his nation's World Cup hopes alive with a goal in the 66th minute Tuesday to give Scotland a 1-1 draw with Norway.

Burley, scoring for only the second time in 25 appearances for Scotland, chased down substitute David Weir's 25-meter lofted pass and volleyed it on one hop over advancing goalkeeper Frode Grodas.

A loss wound have made the Scotland, which lost 2-1 last week to Brazil, the first team to be mathematically eliminated from any chance of advancing to the second round. Still, the Scots will need to beat Morocco next week and get some help from others in the group to advance for the first time in eight World Cup appearances.

Burley's goal was the first sign of life in the second half from the Scots, who seemed doomed for another three-and-out World Cup after Havard Flo's header scored 30 seconds after the break.

Flo, also scoring his second international goal, got past Christian Dailly at the far post to head Vidar Riseth's left wing cross.

But Burley's score energized his team, and he nearly netted again eight minutes later when Grodas was forced to make a fingertip save over the crossbar on a 20-meter blast by the Celtic midfielder.

The Scots controlled most of the half, with Dailly working especially well moving the ball down the left side. But while Grodas was kept busy catching headers and punching away corners, he didn't have to make a tough save.

Norway's one quality shot in the first half came in the 28th minute on Roar Strand's close-range effort from the right, but Scotland keeper Jim Leighton made the sliding stop.

The Norwegians scored both their goals off set plays in a 2-2 draw with Morocco last week, but Scottish defender Colin Hendry won the aerial battle with tall striker Tore Andre Flo, keeping the Scandinavians' scoring chances at bay.

© Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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