A Beth Mead hat-trick helped England to a record 8-0 win over the two-time European champions in their second Euro 2022 group stage game here at Falmer Stadium in East Sussex on Monday .
No team had ever scored eight goals in a single Euros match in both men’s and women’s competitions until the Lionesses smashed Norway at the Amex Stadium. With this victory, they qualified for the quarter-finals as winners of Group A with victories in both matches.
Norway looked better for the first ten minutes of the game, but the English started their reign of terror over Norway from the 12th minute and didn’t stop after that. They were awarded a penalty in the 12th minute after a foul and Georgia Stanway managed to put the ball in the net.
Just three minutes later, England doubled their lead with an excellent goal from Lauren Hemp. Norway had a few half chances between those two goals but couldn’t convert them into goals.
In the 29th minute of the match, Ellen White made it 3-0 in favor of England. Norway couldn’t control this Manchester City striker and they easily strengthened their side’s grip on the game.
Beth Mead scored back-to-back goals in the 34th and 38th minutes to make it 5-0. White scored her second goal in the 41st minute to make it 6-0 before half-time, when she met Fran Kirby’s cross with a bounding header.
The second half was not really a goal celebration, but the English kept control. In the 66th minute, Alessia Russo scored her first-ever England goal just ten minutes after coming on as a substitute, beating Guro Bergsvand in the air to make it 7-0.
Med scored his hat-trick in the 81st minute, Maria Thorisdottir failed to stop Med and allowed him to score the game’s eighth goal.
England return to Falmer Stadium next Tuesday to play the Group B runners-up. Their next game is against Northern Ireland on Friday.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland were expelled from their first major international tournament after losing to Austria 2-0 at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on Monday. They needed England to lose to Norway, but the results didn’t show up in that game either.
Austria started better, with their winger Julia Hickelsberger looking really good.
Before Northern Ireland could get their water break in the first half, Katharina Schiechtl tapped in from close range after a Sarah Puntigam free-kick and scored the first goal for Austria in the 19th minute.
Northern Ireland created a few chances in the first half. Lauren Wade and Kirsty McGuiness tried to score for their team, but goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger made saves.
Early in the second half, Northern Ireland stifled Austria’s attacking momentum but were unable to create chances. Wade put in a solid first effort on Zinsberger’s bar but still failed to equalize for his team.
In the 88th minute, Austria took an unassailable lead after Katharina Naschenweng made it 2-0.
Austria will now face Norway on July 16.
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