Anders Konradsen's first goal for Norway earned a 1-1 draw with a below-par Russia on Saturday.
The Rennes midfielder's 77th-minute header cancelled out Oleg Shatov's early opener as Fabio Capello's FIFA World Cup-bound Russia were left with much to ponder.
Despite making it nine matches unbeaten since the shock 1-0 reverse to Northern Ireland in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in August last year, Russia were less than impressive in Oslo.
Having recorded an unconvincing 1-0 over Slovakia on Monday, the visitors raced into a third-minute lead as Shatov capitalised on some hesitant defending to finish from close range at the second attempt.
Norway, who have won just once in the last 10 games, lost 4-0 against France on Tuesday and looked vulnerable against Capello's side whenever the ball came into the box.
But they improved after the interval and were rewarded when Konradsen headed in Morten Gamst Pedersen's cross via the far post.
It will cause some concern for Russia - who qualified for the World Cup ahead of Portugal in UEFA Group F - going into their tournament opener against South Korea on June 17, with matches against Belgium and Algeria to follow.
The visitors, who were without midfielder and captain Roman Shirokov once again through injury, signalled their intent from the start.
Shatov saw his initial shot from inside the box blocked before retrieving the loose ball to steer it past goalkeeper Rune Almenning Jarstein.
A long-range Havard Nordtveit free-kick called Russia keeper Igor Akinfeev into action midway through the half, but the hosts were immediately under pressure at the other end as Jarstein produced a finger-tip save to keep out Denis Glushakov's header.
Capello made three changes at half-time, with Aleksandr Kerzhakov - scorer of the winning goal against Slovakia - among those to make way.
Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo looked increasingly restless on the touchline but was afforded some relief when Pedersen's excellent delivery picked out Konradsen to level the scores.
The hosts were the better side for the remaining 13 minutes, but Russia, who have a home friendly against Morocco on Friday before heading to Brazil, held on.
|Coach: P. Høgmo|
for M. Dæhli 46'
for J. Samuelsen 56'
for T. Elyounoussi 57'
for H. Nielsen 71'
for A. Danielsen 73'
for R. Jenssen 80'
|Rooney should remain England captain - Eriksson|
|Emery wants new striker at PSG|
|Santos accept Juventus bid for Gabriel|
|Eriksson expects Sweden to try and tempt Ibrahimovic out of retirement|
|Spurs signing Janssen almost quit|
|Leicester stay best for Mahrez - Ranieri|
|Allardyce to take Mourinho cue on Rooney|
|Ings ready to outdo big-money signings|
|Henderson optimistic over Liverpool campaign|
|Allardyce hardened to the challenge of England post|
|Barcelona announce record revenues for 2015-16|
|Moyes enjoys Sunderland win as Palace beat Colchester|
|Stoke complete Allen signing|
|Roma coach Spalletti warns suitors off Manolas|
|Cresswell out for up to four months with knee injury|
|Burnley fan banned by club for racist abuse|
|Dad won´t let me play at the Olympics - Larsson Sr pulls rank|
|Kostic joins Hamburg on five-year deal|
|Tevez: I´d turn down Chelsea and Napoli to stay at Boca|
|Mayoral inspired by Benzema for Wolfsburg stint|
|Allardyce straight into competitive action with England|
|Liverpool, Sevilla fined for Europa League final incidents|
|Barcelona seal Guillemenot signing as part of new Servette deal|
|Niersbach handed one-year ban over World Cup corruption|
|Chelsea and Everton ´still interested´ as Koulibaly eyes Napoli exit|
|´Still working hard´ - Balotelli trains with Liverpool kids|
|Winter breaks, long-ball football and the World Cup: Allardyce in his own words|
|Inter warn Napoli Icardi is not for sale|
|Zanetti wants Simeone back at Inter|
|Stoke snap up Sobhi|
|PSG tougher under Emery - Lucas Moura|
|Totti not ready for retirement - Pallotta|
|Confident Allardyce reveals plan for England success|
|Pochettino to discard three Tottenham players|
|Allardyce: Rooney must wait for captaincy decision|
|Aubameyang: I will only leave Dortmund for Real Madrid|
|Allegri silences questions on Pogba|
|Bruce stands by decision to quit Hull City|
|Pochettino: Not the right time for Argentina job|
|Inter yet to approach De Boer with Mancini exit rumoured|
|Ancelotti trusts me more than Guardiola - Ribery|
|Wijnaldum rejected Everton for Klopp|
|Pre-season Manchester derby cancelled|
|Coutinho excited by ´fast´ Liverpool recruits|
|Cristiano Ronaldo and Conor McGregor step into the ring together|
|Mancini coy on reports linking Icardi to Napoli|
|Nolito reveals why he chose Man City over Barcelona|
|Inter 1 Paris Saint-Germain 3: Icardi absence in defeat fuels Napoli talk|
|MLS Review: Wright-Phillips double inspires Red Bulls to New York derby rout|
|James seeks more game time at Madrid|
|Rooney: I want to be a manager|
|Mignolet welcomes Karius challenge in Liverpool number one battle|
|Batshuayi buoyed by winning vibes at Chelsea|
|Moyes and Sunderland players diverted after plane fault|
|´Loved´ Varane targets long Madrid stay|
|Kostic set for Hamburg medical|
|Leicester crying over Kante sale - Ranieri|
|Schurrle the perfect Mkhitaryan replacement - Tuchel|
|West Ham face anxious wait on Cresswell injury|
|Mourinho will accept criticism from United legends|
|Bertolacci desperate for fresh start after underwhelming first season at Milan|
|Hoops hand Toure one-year deal|
|Origi ready to fight for Liverpool spot|
|Emery wants PSG stay for ´fantastic´ Matuidi|
|No Barcelona offer for Vietto - Cerezo|
|Burnley apologise for racist abuse from supporter|
|Guardiola will not rush Kompany comeback|
|Of course I´ll shake Guardiola´s hand, snaps riled Mourinho|
|Watzke: No more signings for Dortmund|
|Roma expect Manolas to snub Premier League move|
|Adriano set to leave Barcelona for Besiktas|
|Manchester United in worst possible situation - Mourinho|
|Sporting would have to sell stadium to afford Van Persie - Jesus|
|Jonas´ agent confirms Barcelona approach|
|No problem with Mourinho, insists Guardiola ahead of derby in China|
|Toronto´s hat-trick hero Giovinco: I´m back|
|Drogba revels in ´special night´, dedicates hat-trick to family|
|MLS Review: Hat-tricks for Drogba and Giovinco as stars shine|
|Whelan backs Liverpool for top-four finish|
|Pellegrini still waiting for right offer|
|Ronaldo deserves to win Ballon d´Or - Vazquez|
|Phelan wants Hull job|
|Alaba saddened by Gotze exit|
|Morgan: Vardy right to re-sign|
|Maradona ´hurting´ as Higuain closes on Juventus move|