England Dominate Norway to a 3-0 Win in Quarter Finals
(PM) — England played out a commanding performance against a highly-rated Norway in the first of the quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Le Havre, France, securing a place at the semi’s in Lyon next Tuesday.
England led by a first goal 3 minutes in from Jill Scott before Ellen White made it 2-0 up in the first half, only prevented from being 3-0 by White hitting the goalpost.
White’s goal places her in joint first place for the Golden Boot, with her tally equal to the United States’ Alex Morgan and Australia’s Sam Kerr at five goals apiece.
In England’s best performance so far in the tournament, the second half again saw England dominate Norway.
Lucy Bronze scored a scorching strike from 25 yards from a free kick that any soccer team, women’s or men’s would have been proud of.
England’s Nikita Parris had a late penalty saved by Norway’s keeper Ingrid Hjelmseth to spare Norway further embarrassment.
Bronze was named Player of The Match. The result sees the England women’s team reach their second consecutive semi-final in World Cups.
The match was watched by, amongst others, former England captain David Beckham from the stands and was shown live at the annual Glastonbury music festival in the U.K.
England manager Phil Neville said the win against Norway was one of his ” proudest moments in football”. With regard to whether England would play U.S.A. or France, Neville said: “We’re not bothered who we play”.
England now line up to play the three-time and current Women’s World Cup holders U.S.A. or the host nation France on Tuesday 2nd July in Lyon – kick off 1400 EST (2000 BST).
The U.S.A. v France quarter final will take place tomorrow 28th June at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris – kick off 1400 EST.