Harry Awurumibe, Live in France
It did not take England’s Three Lionesses more than three minutes on the clock to score a goal in their 3-0 annihilation of Norway in the first quarter final of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup in France to book their semi final ticket.
Attacking midfielder, Joe Scott benefited from Ellen White’s mistiming in front of goal and ball fell nicely to her part and she fired the ball towards the bottom corner, it strikes the post and trickles inside the net.
England increased their lead before the half time after an unmarked White fired into the empty net from close range to make it 2-0 before the break. The goal came in the 40th minute of the exciting game.
On resumption the Norwegians came out of their shells to fight and they did get into the danger area when striker Hansen found herself unmarked in the box ans was about to pull the trigger when England captain, Houghton gets back quickly to make an important tackle to divert the ball out of play.
Shortly, Phil Neville- tutored ladies who had in the crowd England football legend, David Beckham continued from where they stopped in the first half as they surged forward to put the match away from the reach of the former FIFA Women’s World Cup winners in 1995 in Sweden.
England got a free kick from close distance and Betty Mead who was introduced two minutes earlier just drilled the ball to defender Laura Bronze standing at the edge of the box unchallenged who scored a phenomenal goal, firing from into the roof from the 20 yards out. Norway goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth could not stop the ball which has too much power. The England third goal came in the 57th minute.
It could have been worse in the 83rd minute when Houghton again was fouled inside the box and the referee pointed at the penalty box. Impressive diminutive N. Parris stepped out but her kick was saved by Hjelmseth who stretched full length to stop the ball from hit the net.
With three goals down in the highly advertised match, threw the kitchen sink on England but they were denied even by the woodwork on many occasions as it was not their day to shine.