After a ruthless Norwegian performance, England eventually won 8-0 and made Norway the laughing stock of the entire football world.
The match entered the history books with a negative mark for the Norwegian women’s national team.
– What a shame
The 0-8 loss was the biggest defeat in history for a Norwegian women’s footballer.
– It’s really embarrassing. Not in my wildest imagination imagined that this could be the scenario, said NRK commentator Andreas Stabrun Smith ruefully as the team entered the break.
– It’s just little girls against seniors. Sad to see, says NRK expert Carl-Erik Torp.
National team manager Martin Sjögren was devastated after the crushing defeat.
– It hurts to stand there and feel helpless. Above all, I suffer with the players. We have higher ambitions with this game. We started well, but then we deviated from the concept and played the ball backwards. We invite them to exert enormous pressure on us. We faced a good England but we did better than we needed to, Sjögren told NRK after the match.
He faced a lot of criticism for his own match management on Monday:
– One of the most embarrassing things
Stabrun Smith and Torp weren’t alone in reacting after such a dismal performance.
Soccer-Norway was amazed by the insults from England’s stars.
– This is one of the most embarrassing things I’ve ever seen from the Norwegian national team. Completely devoid of offensive play of its own. Absolutely no defensive structures – and on top of that, a lot of the players look terrified. It couldn’t get any worse, wrote football pundit Lars Tjærnås on Twitter after Norway’s nightmare round.
– I have a pretty good memory. I am approaching 48 years old, I have been a sports idiot since I was 4-5 years old. From everything to do with the Norwegian national team: Football, handball, bandy, indoor bandy, all para sports – I’ve never seen the Norwegian national team more torn apart. This is a pure horror film. This is a horror film mixed with action paralysis, said Aleksander Schau.
Captain: – Feels so small
National team captain Maren Mjelde was very upset after the game.
– You feel so small now. “We were punished very badly but it wasn’t good enough, we just had to admit it,” he told NRK.
– There were six goals in the first half, what was behind it?
– I felt we opened the game well, and had a good push, but were punished very hard. Then we had a penalty kick against us, and then I felt we were down. I feel we gave it to them in crucial situations, and then we weren’t good enough in our own box. No, that’s not good enough, said Mjelde.
Ada Hegerberg is also far behind after 0-8 against England.
– This is very new, and I don’t have all the answers. We started really well and put them under pressure, but then the first goal came and after that it started flowing. We can’t stop that, he said, according to NTB.
– It’s loud and brutal.
Still hoping for the quarterfinals
After Norway’s loss to England, and given Austria’s win against Northern Ireland in the afternoon, it’s clear that this will be the straight-forward quarter-final between Norway and Austria when the two teams meet on Friday.
Since Norway lost by more than two goals against England, Hegerberg & co. now won against Austria to advance to the quarter-finals.
In the event of a loss or draw in Friday’s game, the Norwegian women are eliminated from the championship. The reason is, Austria will then advance with a total goal difference in the group if it ends in a draw in the last game.
How far will Norway go into EC?
Cheap penalty before 0-1
The game was only ten minutes old when England were awarded a penalty. It happened when Ellen White fell to the ground after her duel with Maria Thorisdottir.
– I think it looks cheap. Where are the contacts? Not enough for punishment, says NRK expert Carl-Erik Torp.
– Incredibly cheap, added NRK commentator Andreas Statabrun Smith.
But VAR believed that it was not what it called a “clear and obvious mistake” and did not intervene. This allowed Georgia Stanway to send England ahead with a well-placed penalty.
Especially on the Norwegian left flank, England created constant danger, and it didn’t take long before the Norwegian nightmare continued.
Lauren Hemp made it 2-0 after a quarter of an hour, a goal which was initially ruled offside, but was approved after a VAR check.
After less than half an hour, the pain got worse when Maria Thorisdottir scratched it herself. He lost the ball as a defender and allowed Ellen White to go in alone with Guro Pettersen to make it 3-0.
– He can’t make a mistake like that. The ball will only disappear in one touch, Thorisdottir, it was very unnecessary, was a very clear decision from Carl-Erik Torp.
Ten minutes before the break, Beth Mead made it 4-0 when she headed in from close range after receiving a cross from the right, and the same player made it 5-0 with a simple dribble minutes later. Ellen White ended the Norwegian horror period.
National team manager Martin Sjögren made one change in the first half, bringing on Guro Bergsvand and dropping Karina Sævik, while at the same time switching to a back five.
However, England and Alessia Russo made it 7-0 after 65 minutes with a header at the back post.
Ten minutes from the end, Beth Mead increased the score to 8-0, and it was also the final score of Norway’s ruthless performance.
The biggest win in EC history before Monday’s game was 6-0. England can thus celebrate a solid record and a long run to the quarter-finals.
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