Without Ruud Gullit but otherwise at full strength, the Dutch, favourites to reach the World Cup finals with England from a group also comprising San Marino, Poland and Turkey, started badly.
The Ajax defender, Danny Blind tripped Jahn-Ivar Jakobsen when he was clear inside the box in the ninth minute and Kjetil Rekdal coolly slotted home the penalty, sending goalkeeper Stanley Menzo the wrong way. Immediately, Dennis Bergkamp dribbled into the area at the other end and delicately placed an equaliser past the diving goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt. 'The Dutch were good, but they met a system they don't face elsewhere,' said Norway's coach Egil Olsen, referring to his 4-5-1 ploy.
Elswehere in England's group, the Polish defender, Tomasz Waldoch, scored in the 33rd minute to give his country a 1-0 victory over Turkey in Poznan.
Czechoslovakia needed to score three times in the last five minutes to overcome the Faroe Islands 4-0 in a World Cup Group Four qualifier in Kosice yesterday. Czechoslovakia replace Wales in third on goal difference. Wales, who beat the Faroes 6-0 in Cardiff a fortnight ago, will have been encouraged by the Czechoslovaks' inability to brush the minnows earlier and more convincingly.Reuse content