FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 soccer: England beat Norway in a tough match, scores, schedule
England seems to have won the match due to sheer luck. Otherwise there is nothing to describe how the country overcame a very determined Norway to move to quarterfinals of the FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup.
Womenâ€™s soccer seems to be getting far more eyeball than the ongoing Copa America that has top of the line menâ€™s soccer team belonging to central and South America.
But the success would have eluded the England soccer team if defender Lucy Bronze hadnâ€™t come out with stunning winner in the second-half to guide her side to book a place in the 2015 Women’s World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Norway on Monday.
England would have to fly back home in case a loss here in the match against Norway. The sixth-ranked England had fallen behind after the 1995 champions Norway scored a goal in the 54th minute. But Steph Houghton and Bronze scored a goal each in the second-half to help England register their first win in the knockout round of a Women’s World Cup.
Team coach Mark Sampson seems to be excited about the outcome of the hotly contested match. â€œBronzie was outstanding today. She recovered from a couple of errors in the first half that nearly cost us and KB (goalkeeper Karen Bardsley) came to our rescueâ€, said Samson.
But the next match will be much more difficult as England will be taking on the hosts, Canada on Saturday in Vancouver. â€œIt’s a real sense of pride for the team, to show that character and resilience to come back from a goal down in this tournamentâ€¦We’re ready for a big quarter-final and determined to keep this journey goingâ€ Sampson added. Four changes were made in the starting lineup by Sampson with midfielder Katie Chapman, defenders Laura Bassett, Bronze and Claire Rafferty all coming on. But in the first half, Norway got many chances but Bardsley kept England’s sheet clean.
Norway seems to be very heartbroken following the loss. Norway coach Even Pellerud says, â€œWe had six or seven fantastic opportunities before England had oneâ€¦England scored on their first scoring chance to level the game and we started to struggle. We became stressed.” The Norway coach praised Sampson for wise half-time substitutions. “Compliments to my English colleague who managed to do some nice tactical changes at half time. We should have finished this game in the first half. They managed to come back with two beautiful goals,” said the coach.
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