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.