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At 15, Norway's Odegaard becomes youngest player to appear in Euro qualifier

  • Norway's youngest player, Martin Odegaard, centre, avoids Bulgaria's Svetoslav Dyakov, left, during the Euro 2016 Group H qualifying soccer match between Norway and Bulgaria at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Hakon Mosvold Larsen)  NORWAY OUT

    Norway's youngest player, Martin Odegaard, centre, avoids Bulgaria's Svetoslav Dyakov, left, during the Euro 2016 Group H qualifying soccer match between Norway and Bulgaria at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/NTB Scanpix, Hakon Mosvold Larsen) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Norway's Haavard Nielsen, center, celebrates scoring with Alexander Tettey, left, and Martin Odegaard during the Euro 2016 qualifying group H soccer match between Norway and Bulgaria at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo on Monday Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Haakon Mosvold Larsen, NTB Scanpix) NORWAY OUT

    Norway's Haavard Nielsen, center, celebrates scoring with Alexander Tettey, left, and Martin Odegaard during the Euro 2016 qualifying group H soccer match between Norway and Bulgaria at Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo on Monday Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Haakon Mosvold Larsen, NTB Scanpix) NORWAY OUT  (The Associated Press)

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."