Riise's penalty gives Norway 2-1 win over Slovenia


OSLO, Norway (AP) -John Arne Riise scored an injury-time penalty to give Norway a 2-1 win over Slovenia in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday.

Marko Suler gave Slovenia the lead in the 16th minute after Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein failed to hold a free kick.

Norway equalized 10 minutes later when Tarik Elyounussi's shot hit the crossbar and Markus Henriksen headed in the rebound.

The match appeared headed for a draw when substitute Alexander Soederlund was fouled in the box by Dejan Kelhar in injury time and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Riise, who had faced criticism in Norwegian media before the match, coolly slotted in his 16th goal for Norway's national team.

"I've used these days to focus on the game and I think people can stop talking about whether I'm focused or not," Riise said.

Norway lost its opening qualifier at Iceland 2-0, while Slovenia lost at home to Switzerland with the same result.

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