Thorisdottir goes down after a collision in the Northern Ireland penalty area. The Manchester United player is able to continue playing after a short break.
Now the outsider could get badly under the wheels. The Norwegian team is now really rolling and pushing straight for the third goal.
Tooor for Norway, 2-0 through Frida Maanum
Norway follows suit! Burns plays the ball low from the back in the middle, where Maanum takes the ball from her opponent. The ball gets to Hegerberg in the penalty area and she only has to put it across on the goal scorer. The 22-year-old Maanum pushes into the empty goal. Again, final woman Burns does not look good with the risky pass.
Of course, the Northern Irish women had hoped otherwise. Kenny Shiels’ eleven would have liked to stay in the zero for longer.
Tooor for Norway, 1-0 through Julie Blakstad
The favorites take the lead! After a throw-in from the right, Reit gets the ball in the center. She pulls flat from 14 meters and half-left position and hits the short corner. Goalkeeper Burns doesn’t look good.
Maanum is looking for a teammate with a low pass into the sixteen. There he rushes past all the players and Burns can pick up the thing.
Northern Ireland started early in the first few minutes and seemed to surprise their opponents a bit. Norway hardly has time for a quiet build-up game. Cheeky appearance of the outsider.
First chance for goalscorer Ada Hegerberg! Guro Reit plays the ball well from the left into the striker’s path. She penetrates the penalty area, but warps when pressed from about 13 meters and a half-left position.
We expect the Northern Irish very low. Kenny Shiels’ Elf will initially be keen not to fall behind too early and not get under the wheels.
Here we go! The ball rolls.
The two teams step onto the lawn. In a few moments, the national anthems will be played and then we can start!
The direct comparison also underscores the Norwegian women’s role as favourites. They won both games in the European Championship qualifier 6-0. Graham Hansen was the outstanding player. She scored three times in the first leg and twice in the second leg.
Norway are the clear favorites going into this game. Martin Sjögren’s team is ranked 11th in the world and has several stars in its own ranks. With Ingrid Engen and Caroline Graham Hansen, the Scandinavians have two exceptional FC Barcelona players in their team.
Kenny Shiels’ team won both relegation games against Ukraine. In the first leg, number 47 in the FIFA world rankings won 2-1 in Ukraine, and in the second leg they secured their ticket to the European Championships in England with a 2-0 win.
The two teams from Norway and Northern Ireland meet again. The two nations met in qualifying for the European Championship. The Norwegians took first place with six wins from six games. Northern Ireland finished second and had to go to the playoffs against Ukraine.
Good evening and welcome to Southampton’s Saint Mary’s Stadium for the UEFA Women’s Football Championship and Group A match between Norway and Northern Ireland. It starts at 9 p.m.