40 min A break in the game while Caldwell receives treatment. I think it’s better if it continues.
36 min “Yes, the NOR-NOR derby,” said Peter Oh. “Norway v. Norniron. “Whoever wins the North Korea vs. North Macedonia game should play to determine the final NOR bragging rights.”
34 min Good game from Northern Ireland. McCarron (I think) curls a great long pass to find Wade in space on the right. He cuts inside, across the line of the penalty area and hits a blocked shot.
32 min “Burns, hit the ball long,” says Peter Gartner. “You’ve already conceded a goal with your short passes from the back.”
Graham Hansen took the penalty through Burns, who went the right way and got a touch but couldn’t save it.
30 min The resulting corner hits Caldwell’s outstretched elbow. He probably didn’t see the ball until after it had gone over a head or two at the near post, but rules are rules.
28 min: Great block by Magee! Norway cut Northern Ireland to the right. Finally, Reiten passes the ball to Hegerberg, whose close-range shot is heroically saved by the lunging Magee. It almost saved a goal.
27 min A rare Northern Ireland attack ends with Wade firing wide from 20 yards.
25 min Hegerberg misses a great chance, Reite’s cross is headed back into the goal. For a player of his class, especially in the air, it was almost a sitter.
24 min Given some space 25 yards from goal, Maanum hit a superb low drive that was tipped onto the post by the sprawling Burns. Good savings.
23 min Hegerberg and Hansen get a lot of attention, understandably, but Guro Reiten is a truly delightful footballer – stylish, nimble, creative and full of mischief. He is giving Northern Ireland all sorts of problems.
22 min: Good save from Burns! Another chance for Norway. Hansen, Reiten and Hegerberg combined beautifully to set up Eikeland and his first-time shot was well saved by Burns.
21 min With Northern Ireland’s early enthusiasm starting to fade after those two goals, it’s all Norway now.
16 min Almost a third goal, with Reiten pulling back behind Hegerberg in the area. Norway looks very elegant.
It was a nightmare for Northern Ireland. Goalkeeper Burns played a short pass to McCarron, who was effectively pressed by Maanum. The ball ran to Hegerberg in the area and he squared it to give Maanum an open goal.
Now Frida Maanum made it two!
13 min Maanum’s sharp long-range shot is well held by Burns to his right. These are perilous times for Northern Ireland.
12 min Furness shoots from distance. Northern Ireland attacked fairly flat with very effective pressing.
It was a simple goal from a right-hander. Hegerberg and then Reiten, with a terrific reverse pass, moved the ball to Blakstad, who overlapped the area. He took a touch and fired a low shot past Burns at the post.
Julie Blakstad brings Norway to the fore!
9 min There is a break in the game when the ball is changed. What is this, cricket?
7 min Graeme Hansen breaks away from three players on the right and crosses to Reiten who heads in from 12 yards. It wasn’t bad luck. And that was Graham Hansen’s thrilling run.
4 min First chance for Norway. Reiten clips a nice pass to Hegerberg, who enters the area and shapes up to take the shot as McFadden struggles with a crucial lunge. McFadden’s shot knocks the ball over to Hegerberg, who eventually fires over the bar.
4 min It was a bright start from Northern Ireland, with full-backs Vance and Magee seeing plenty of the ball.
2 min “Northern Ireland say they’re not here to make up the numbers, but the 5-3-1-1 formation suggests otherwise,” says Tony D. “They are playing for a draw and they will probably do the same with England. The lone striker and number 10 will be very isolated and the Norwegian defense will find them easily on the break. NI will likely have two full-backs but they will need to be very disciplined to avoid being caught on the break. Maybe there won’t be many goals tonight.”
I would tend to see their tactics as more pragmatic than defensive. If they go toe-to-toe with Norway, they have no chance.
1 min Look carefully! Norway starts from right to left.
“Hi Rob,” Kari Tulinius writes. “Given that Kenny Shiels appears to be lining up Northern Ireland with eight players in defence, he is worried about the mismatch with Norway. Which I understand. If I were up against Ada Hegerberg and Caroline Graham Hansen, I’d be tempted to tell everyone to stand on the goal line and throw every ball into the sea.
On a beautiful summer evening in Southampton, players from both sides take the field – Norway in red and Northern Ireland in white. There is a great atmosphere with a reported crowd of around 11,000.
Northern Ireland are up against one of the all-time greats tonight: Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, recovered from an ACL injury to inspire Lyon to Champions League glory this year. Now he is also returning to Norway.
England has started Euro-2022 a slightly frustrating 1-0 win over Austria last night. Here’s Karen Carney’s take on the game, and in particular little genius Fran Kirby’s performance.
Is there anyone there? Feel free to post your hopes, dreams, fears, thoughts on the essence of the 5-3-1-1 system, or anything else.
Listening before the game
Our dedicated Euro 2022 podcast, Women’s Football Weekly, will be aiming for a position in your podcast feed throughout the tournament. You can listen there or by visiting the link below.
One of the star footballers of Northern Ireland Liverpool’s midfielder is Rachel Furness. He spoke to Louise Taylor about the influence of Northern Ireland’s specialty.
The relegation of two teams
Northern Ireland captain Marissa Callaghan, who is struggling with a foot injury, starts on the bench. Sarah McFadden will captain the team in his absence.
Norway (possible 4-4-1-1) Pettersen; Sonstevold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Blakstad; Eikeland, Maanum, Syrstad Engen, Reiten; Graham Hansen; Hegerberg.
Substitutes: Skoglund, Mikalsen, T Hansen, Bergsvand, Boe Risa, Saevik, Ildhusoy, Bjelde, Terland, S Hansen, Josendal, Haug.
Northern Ireland (possible 5-3-1-1) burns; Magee, McFadden, Nelson, Burrows, Vance; McCarron, Furness, Caldwell; Wade; Magill.
Subs: Flaherty, Turner, McKenna, Hutton, Callaghan, McGuinness, Holloway, L Rafferty, McDaniel, Wilson, Andrews, McGuinness.
Judge Lina Lehtovaara (Finland).
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Norway v Northern Ireland at St Mary’s. There’s been a lot of hype and excitement surrounding this game, so it’s about time someone put it into perspective: it’s the most important game the Northern Ireland women’s team has ever played. They will play in a major tournament for the first time 49 years after their first international match, a 4-1 defeat to the Republic of Ireland.
Whether by nationality, gender or unconscious snobbery, most of us struggle to fully understand what tonight means for the women’s game in Northern Ireland. We know it’s history, we wish them nothing but the best, but this event doesn’t hit us in the guts. How could it be?
It’s a bit of a bummer – we don’t want to make light of it, but we don’t want to patronize Northern Ireland either. There is an elephant in the preamble: the possibility that it is inconsistent. Although Northern Ireland is right, it is realistic enough to know that the impact of Euro 2022 will not be immediate, but long-term, to be felt by generations to come. By reaching the qualifiers, they changed women’s football in Northern Ireland forever.
Anything that happens in the next nine days is a bonus. They are 250-1 outsiders to win this tournament and have been drawn in a very tough group. Tonight’s opponents Norway beat them 6-0 home and away in the qualifiers and are among an exciting group of big teams who could win the tournament. The attack of Caroline Graham Hansen and Ada Hegerberg, five years retired from international football after Norway’s disastrous Euro 2017, will trouble any defense at the tournament.
Tournament. Euro 2022. Including Northern Ireland.
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