Haa­land ru­ins the night for Davis

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McNair 6

Ely­ounoussi 2, Haa­land 7, 58, Sor­loth 19, 47

Nor­way’s strike pair­ing of Er­ling Haa­land and Alexan­der Sor­loth dis­patched North­ern Ire­land to take sig­nif­i­cant gloss from a mo­men­tous mile­stone for Steven Davis.

The Rangers mid­fielder equalled the record of Pat Jen­nings as he earned his 119th cap, but may not re­flect on the evening with much fond­ness as his team slumped to the bot­tom of Group One in League B.

North­ern Ire­land fell be­hind al­most im­me­di­ately as a long ball found Mohamed Ely­ounoussi in­side the box and he fired be­yond Bai­ley Pea­cock-Far­rell. North­ern Ire­land were soon level through Paddy McNair’s tap-in, but the vis­i­tors led again as Haa­land lashed a left-footed shot home.

Sor­loth made it 3-1 from close range and scored again shortly af­ter half-time fol­low­ing good work by Haa­land, who fin­ished the scor­ing.

(4-2-3-1) Pea­cock-Far­rell; Smith, Bal­lard (Boyce 45), Cath­cart, Fer­gu­son; Davis, Thomp­son; Dal­las, McNair, Sav­ille (Evans 71); Wash­ing­ton (Lav­ery 77). Gal­braith, McLaugh­lin, McGinn, Laf­ferty, McGovern, Cooper, Mc­Cal­mont, Car­son. Bal­lard, Cath­cart.

(4-4-2) Jarstein; Elab­del­laoui (Svens­son 79), Hov­land, Ajer, Aleesami (Mel­ing 78); Jo­hansen (King 71), Hen­rik­sen, Nor­mann, Ely­ounoussi; Sor­loth, Haa­land.

Hanche-Olsen, Gabrielsen, Fos­sum, Ny­land, Ross­bach, Berge, Linnes, Berg, Thorsby. Mel­ing.

Bar­tosz Frankowski (Poland).

As­ton Villa man­ager Dean Smith is to bid £16mil­lion for Bournemout­h’s Josh King, af­ter be­ing pipped by New­cas­tle to the sign­ing of his for­mer team-mate Cal­lum Wil­son. King has un­der 12 months left on his con­tract and Villa are ready to of­fer him a swift re­turn to the Pre­mier League. New­cas­tle are ex­pected to hand £20mil­lion sign­ing Cal­lum Wil­son the club’s iconic No9 shirt to take the pres­sure off mis­fir­ing striker Joelin­ton.

Chelsea hope to sign Sene­gal goal­keeper Edouard Mendy on the rec­om­men­da­tion of Petr Cech from his for­mer club Rennes. Chelsea mid­fielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has edged closer to a move to AC Mi­lan but is also wanted by Crys­tal Palace. Ethan Am­padu, who spent last sea­son on loan at RB Leipzig, has joined Sheffield United.

West Bromwich Al­bion are set to com­plete the sign­ing of Cal­lum Robin­son, with Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Oliver Burke join­ing Sheffield United in a swap deal. Robin­son played a key role on loan in Al­bion’s pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League last sea­son

The English Foot­ball League is set for an­other le­gal row with Derby af­ter launch­ing an ap­peal against the club’s es­cape from two al­leged breaches of spend­ing rules. The Cham­pi­onship club were ini­tially charged with mis­con­duct re­lated to the val­u­a­tion of their Pride Park Sta­dium, but the EFL will be con­test­ing the dis­missal of a sec­ond charge over amor­ti­sa­tion – which is ef­fec­tively how the pur­chase price of a player is spread over a con­tract.

Danny Gra­ham has joined Sun­der­land on an ini­tial one-year deal af­ter leav­ing Black­burn. Ful­ham full-back Steven Sesseg­non has agreed a sea­son-long loan at Bris­tol City.

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