Thursday, May 26, 2022

Quality content

Lionesses ease past Norway

Share This Post

England’s Lionesses progress to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup for the second successive time as they beat Norway 3-0. Goals from Jill Scott, Ellen White and Lucy Bronze were enough as the Lionesses took the win in Le Havre.

The first half was fantastic for England and it took them no time at all to race into the lead. Less than three minutes in, Lucy Bronze powered down the right wing, pushed to the byline and pulled the ball back towards Ellen White. England’s star striker swung at the ball and totally missed it, but Jill Scott was there to spare her blushes and finish the move off. At just over two minutes, Scott’s goal was the quickest goal of the tournament so far.

Phil Neville’s side had to wait a while for their second goal but it came at the perfect time – just before half-time. Lucy Bronze was involved once more as she played a lovely pass into Nikita Parris, the Lyon winger then picked out Ellen White in the six yard area – she swept the ball into an empty net as England doubled their lead.

Lionesses roar into semis

Lionesses Roar
Lionesses Roar

In the second half, the Lionesses weren’t quite as strong but still looked dangerous every time they went forward. There were a few misplaced passes at the back, particularly from Millie Bright – the Chelsea centre-back was bailed out by her skipper Steph Houghton numerous times in that second period. Houghton was fantastic all game long, she put in numerous last ditch tackles and showed some all round brilliant defending – exactly what you want from your skipper. Injury? Pshhhht… what injury?

The third goal, which wrapped the game up for England, came from the other standout performer on the pitch in Lucy Bronze. Phil Neville reiterated his belief that she is the best player in the world after the game and her goal did nothing to make you disagree with statement. Beth Mead stood over a free-kick on the right wing, pulled it back to Bronze at the edge of the box and the Lyon full-back smashed her effort into the roof of the net. Fantastic goal and progression all wrapped up.

England had a chance to make it four late on when Steph Houghton was hauled down in the area. For the third time in the tournament, Nikita Parris stepped up to take it. Unfortunately, Ingrid Hjelmseth was equal to it and she beat the shot away, keeping the score at 3-0 – that was Parris’ second missed penalty of the tournament. Will she be taken off penalty duties in the next round? She possibly should be.

England’s Lionesses will face one of either France or USA in the semi-final. It’s a daunting prospect but if England can play like they did tonight, they’ll have every chance of picking up another win.

For more like this, visit the dedicated football section here. Meanwhile, follow us on Facebook for news and analysis right to your timeline.

Share This Post

Want to stay up to date with the latest sports news and analysis?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and we will stay in touch. It's that simple!

Related Posts

Do the Atlanta Falcons have a plan at QB1?

The Atlanta Falcons have added Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder after trading Matt Ryan to the Colts.

But do they have a plan, or are they on a wing and a prayer?

The curious world of the Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are just one season removed from a divisional playoff game. But so much has changed.

NHL and Origins Of Ice Hockey

Today's NHL is a slick polished game of speed and power.

But where did it all begin?

Can you Bet on Sports in Pennsylvania?

Betting on sports is now fully legal in PA. Since 2019, the state has allowed all forms of sports betting, including retail and online....

Joe Burrow And The 6 Best Players Ranked On The Cincinnati Bengals

One of the biggest surprises that came out of the NFL this year is the boom in talent among the Cincinnati Bengals. The NFL...

10 Best Sacks During The 2021 Regular NFL Season

2021 has been a gold mine for sacks, but who was the best of the best?  A sack is when an offensive player acting as...

Hill, Saints find themselves at crossroads

With the Saints still in the playoff hunt, they are also looking to their future.

Is that Taysom Hill at QB?
- Advertisement -
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x