Norway's Odegaard Sets Euro Qualifier Age Record

At 15,  midfielder Martin Odegaard made his Euro 2016 qualifier debut against Bulgaria. Norway won the match 2-1.

Updated: October 14, 2014 09:13 IST
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Norway's youngest player, Martin Odegaard, centre, avoids Bulgaria's Svetoslav Dyakov, left, during the Euro 2016 Group H qualifying soccer match.

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Oslo: Norway's 15-year-old midfielder Martin Odegaard became the youngest player to appear in a European Championship qualifier when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 win over Bulgaria on Monday.

Odegaard replaced Mats Moller Daehli in the 64th minute to a huge ovation from the home crowd, setting a new age record at 15 years and 300 days. He broke a 31-year-old mark held by Iceland's Sigurdur Jonsson, who was 16 years and 251 days when he made his qualifying debut against Malta in 1983.

Odegaard told Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang after the game that "it was special." He said "I think it went great today and we got the three points, that's the most important."

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