On Monday evening, England registered a record-breaking victory over two-times European champions Norway to secure their qualification spot as Group A winners after putting on an amazing performance.
Yesterday, the women’s England team performed at its best as they triumphed over Europe’s seventh-ranked Norway, which by the way had a Ballon d’Or winner and various other players that have dominated the continent at club level.
Sarina Wiegman’s side rose to the occasion as they quickly spotted Norway’s defensive mistakes, taking advantage of the situation to score 8-0, dominating the Norwegian side. This is the sixth time England has scored eight or more in 16 unbeaten games under Wiegman.
When asked about the team’s performance and game result, Weigman replied: “The great win. But also the way we played and kept playing the way we did in the second half, we were already up 6-0 but we still kept the ball going. I did not expect to win 8-0, absolutely not. They changed their shape, but we had an answer for that too. I’m really happy with the performance of the whole team and happy to go into the next round.”
“We hope they enjoyed and hope to make the nation proud. We’ve had two games now, we are trying to play our best game and today we did. We were 2-0 up pretty quickly. Then we got momentum so we could play the possession game, but they had a hard time getting pressure on the ball and we just had so much space to score goals. You could really tell that the players enjoyed it, the ones on the pitch and the ones that came on. We saw after the game that the whole team enjoyed it. It was very nice and we will stay grounded.”
England won big against Norway in the Euro Group A qualifiers
Ellen White made a returning spectacle as she sealed her spot as one of the country’s greatest forwards ever. She is now just one goal off Wayne Rooney’s all-time England record.
Beth Mead’s hat-trick gave England the needed boost and confidence to push forward, while Ellen White also put in two goals in making continental history. No team – men or women – had previously scored seven goals at the European championship finals.
England fans were worried about Ada Hegerberg, Caroline Graham Hansen, Guro Reiten and many others. However, when the game didn’t go Norway’s way, the team struggled to get any of them on the ball. It was an embarrassing match to watch as England dominated the field.
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall hailed Beth Mead’s performance as the best by any wide player at Euro 2022 so far, after her hat-trick against Norway helped England secure a quarter-final spot. In a rampant first half, Mead and White each scored twice, while Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway also got on the scoresheet as the Lionesses ran riot at Amex Stadium