Host nation Israel were denied an opening victory in their European Under-21 Championship campaign when 10-man Norway secured a 2-2 draw in injury time.
Israel were outplayed for long spells in Netanya, with Norway striking the woodwork three times, but had seemingly profited from two defensive mistakes to enjoy an important win with matches against England and Italy to come in Group A.
Captain Nir Biton struck the opening goal from the penalty spot on 16 minutes following a clumsy foul in the box and, after Marcus Pedersen had claimed a fine equaliser, Norway were reduced to 10 men when Vegar Eggen Hedenstad was dismissed for a professional foul.
Substitute Alon Turgeman struck what appeared to be the winner after 71 minutes when dispatching an opportunistic finish into the bottom corner, but Harmeet Singh popped up in added time to slot the ball home from outside the box and give both teams a point.
Norway were missing four key players as Valon Berisha, Joshua King, Havard Nordtveit and Markus Henriksen are all in the senior squad to play Albania in a World Cup qualifier on Friday. However, Tor Ole Skullerud's side quickly set about dominating the hosts and pinning them back in their own half.
Anders Konradsen had the first clear chance of the game as the deep midfielder make a late run into the box to meet a cross from the right and headed over the bar when he should really have hit the target. Wide forward Jo Inge Berget also tested keeper Boris Klaiman with a fierce low effort that skipped nastily towards the near corner before being turned round the post.
However, Norway's early dominance was undermined by a sloppy moment at the back as they conceded a penalty on 16 minutes after failing to clear from a corner that should never have been given. Omar Elabdellaoui chopped down Omri Ben Harush and captain Biton sent Orjan Haskjold Nyland the wrong way from 12 yards.
Israel only led for eight minutes though as Pedersen drew Norway level with an admirably determined piece of forward play. Stefan Johansen chipped a neat ball into the box and the striker controlled, held off his man and fired into the bottom corner on the turn from 15 yards.
Norway then struck the woodwork twice in two minutes as they threatened to take firm control: Konradsen curled a first-time effort onto the top of the bar following a meek clearance before Berget rattled the post following a cute pass from Magnus Eikrem.
Israel appeared to have little hope of holding Norway back but the Scandinavians were punished for a second defensive lapse on 44 minutes as a pass from Munas Dabbur caught Hedenstad out and the defender pulled Mohammed Kalibat to ground to earn a red card.
Even then, Norway finished the first half with a golden opportunity to take the lead as Yann-Erik de Lanlay collected a flick-on from Pedersen, touched the ball away from his man and slotted the ball wide from 10 yards.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Norway continued to create chances after the break and hit the woodwork for the third time when a shot from Konradsen deflected off a defender's boot and spun the other way from keeper Klaiman, eventually striking the bottom of the post.
Pedersen continued to menace the Israel defence too, the striker planting one header just over the bar from a free-kick and then striking a shot against the legs of Klaiman when set free by a fine pass from Eikrem to go one-on-one with the keeper.
Norway were punished for their wastefulness on 71 minutes when substitute Turgeman put Israel in front, the forward slotting home an opportunistic volley when the ball popped up fortunately into his path in the box.
Pedersen had yet another chance for Norway late on when getting free of his marker to meet a free-kick but saw his glancing header saved by Klaiman as another fine chance passed the Scandinavians by. However, Singh managed to grab a point in injury-time when converting from just outside the box following a cute piece of chest control from Havard Nielsen.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Omar Elabdellaoui (Norway) - The right-back was composed in defence and contributed intelligently to the attack too. In a bit of a mad game he was consistently impressive.
ISRAEL: Klaiman 7, Dasa 7, Gotlib 6, Tawatha 5, Ben Haroush 6, Kabah 6, Biton 8, Golsa 6, Kalibat 7, Dabbur 6, Baroch 6. Subs: Krieff 6, Turgeman 8, Zaguri 6.
NORWAY: Nyland 6, Strandberg 6, Hedenstad 5, Elabdellaoui 8, Berge 6, Konradsen 7, Eikrem 7, Johansen 5, Berget 6, Pedersen 6, De Lanlay 6. Subs: Linnes 6, Nielsen 7, Singh 7.