Norway needed to wrack up a huge score if they were to overhaul Germany at the top of the standings, but despite creating a host of chances they rarely looked like completely running away with the contest.
It was a mixed match for Ada Hegerberg, who scored once in each half but missed a host of goalscoring opportunities.
Hegerberg netted on just six minutes after deftly firing home from an acute angle. Later in the half the 19-year-old saw one notable effort saved by goalkeeper Cynthia Djohore, before then proceeding to mishit her shot with an open net looming.
The Ivorians, to their credit, battled tirelessly and were soon rewarded as diminutive forward Ange Nguessan produced a great run and shot to set off wild celebrations.
Live Your Goals Player of the Match: Ada Hegerberg (Norway)