The lively Lauren Wade has the opportunity on the opposite side to shorten to 1:3. She tries a shot from about 14 yards, but Maren Mjelde blocks the shot.
Tooor for Norway, 3-0 through Caroline Graham Hansen
The 27-year-old increases the penalty to 3-0! She shoots halfway towards the left corner. Burns has his fingertips on but can’t hold the powerful shot. inside!
There’s a penalty for Norway! The referee penalizes the handball and points to the point. Right decision, because the arm was already very high.
At the corner kick, Caldwell touches the ball with his arm while jumping. The referee reviews the situation in the review area.
Hegerberg on the other side with the chance! The striker fired in a fantastic counterattack from seven yards out, but a Northern Ireland defender twisted the ball wide for a corner. It remains harmless.
First degree of Northern Ireland. Laura Wade comes to the ball from the inside right on the edge of the box and tries a low shot. But it goes quite clearly to the right of the goal.
Since the 1:0 it’s a game on one goal. Norway live up to their role as favorites and create chance after chance. Northern Ireland can hardly get out of the back and can do nothing against the star squad.
Maanum on the second row! The scorer to make it 2-0 tries a shot from twenty yards into the left corner. But Burns goes very long and fends off the corner. It brings nothing.
Almost the third goal! The Norwegians combine themselves with a great short passing game through to the penalty area. Hegerberg plays Eikeland there and closes from the half-left position. She shoots the goalkeeper and the chance is lost. There would have been more.
Corner kick for Norway. Graham Hansen puts the ball in front of the six yard box and this time Burns is on the post. She confidently picks the ball out of the air.
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.