Women's World Cup: England beats Norway in the quarter-finals
England is in the semifinals of the World Cup. Against Norway, the Löwinnen sat in the quarter-final match in Le Havre 3: 0 (2: 0) by. Jill Scott (3rd minute), Ellen White (40.) and Lucy Bronze (57.) scored the goals.
The semi-final opponents make the top favorites US and France among themselves, the match will take place on Friday (21 clock, live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: the first). For England it is the second semi-final at a World Cup. In 2015 the team finished third. Even then they had turned off Norway, as in the second round (2-1).
The great strength of the English women has been the right side of this World Cup so far, and also Norway found no means against the wing play. All hits resulted from attacks on the right side, harmonized full-back Lucy Bronze and midfield winger Nikita Parris.
In the 1-0 Parris served the behind-running bronze, which went through to the baseline and then fitted flat in the back space. White kicked the ball and Scott, who was freed from behind, made it into the far corner and after three minutes England was in the lead.
Just before the break, it was the other way round: this time, Bronze released Parris, who matched the perfectly timed White. The 30-year-old had no trouble to achieve the 2: 0. The 3: 0 was particularly worth seeing. A free-kick from the right went wide before the penalty area, where Bronze hit the goal with a good chance. The free kick was preceded by a combination over Parris and bronze again.
England were also the more dangerous team away from the goals, Parris (21, 39) and White (29, post) awarded good opportunities. Norway struggled to make the most of their chances, and if they did, wrong decisions meant that no goal fell.
This was especially evident in the 31st minute, when Guro Reiten missed the free-kick Karina Saevik, who was shot and blocked instead. Later, in the last-16 win against Australia, Caroline Graham Hansen tried to control a ball in the six-yard box instead of shooting directly - another defender, Steph Houghton, was able to clear (47.).
Only when the match was decided did the Norwegian offensive gain momentum. Striker Lisa-Marie Utland, Karen Bardsley, had a bad pass from England's Millie Bright, but defeated defensive player Houghton, who cleared the ball in front of the goal line (66 '). Shortly thereafter, Bardsley parried a shot by Isabell Herlovsen (70).
In fact, the success could have been even clearer. After a foul by Maria Thorisdottir at Houghton Parris had in the closing stages of the big chance to 4-0 on penalties. But Norway's Hjelmseth parried the penalty brilliantly (85.).