SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – Twice champions Norway crushed debutants Northern Ireland 4-1 on Thursday as each groups received their Women’s European Championship marketing campaign underway in an entertaining match.
Norway, who’ve twice reached the ultimate since their most up-to-date title in 1993, regarded assured all through the sport and took the lead earlier than the 10-minute mark via midfielder Julie Blakstad.
Frida Maanum doubled the benefit three minutes later after receiving a neat move from 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen made it 3-0 from the penalty spot within the thirty first minute.
Defender Julie Nelson, Northern Ireland’s most capped participant, pulled one again for the one first-timers at the 2022 match simply after halftime, nodding residence from the sting of the six-yard field.
Midfielder Guro Reiten lashed a free kick past goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns 5 minutes later to revive Norway’s three-goal lead and inflict a heavy loss on Northern Ireland of their first match at a significant match.
Norway moved high of Group A forward of second-placed England, who’re additionally on three factors following their 1-0 win over Austria on Wednesday.
Norway play England on Monday in Brighton.
(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk, enhancing by Ed Osmond)