Women’s Euros: Norway take advantage of outsider status before the clash against England | Soccer News
When the Norwegian players landed in England on July 3, there was little talk of them as one of the teams likely to win Euro 2022. After a resounding victory against Northern Ireland in their first game of group, that’s starting to change.
A team filled with star players in Europe’s top leagues, Norway’s individual talent eclipses their FIFA World Ranking of 11.
Leading the pack is the first-ever Ballon d’Or winner and top scorer in Champions League history – Ada Hegerberg.
“It’s a very, very big game for the group stage,” said the Lyon striker Sky Sports News ahead of their huge Group A game against England.
“Obviously playing at home in a crowded stadium is the time we play for. We’re going to enjoy it.”
Hegerberg apologized during our interview for speaking in cliches, saying they had to “take every game as they come”, but let out a rye smile as he discussed whether she was hoping to ruin the match. summer of English fans.
The striker returned from a 20-month injury layoff in October and one of the ways to cope was to set various short and long-term goals.
The short term goals were various based on fitness, the long term goal was to play at the highest level again with Lyon. She more than achieved this by taking part in the French giants’ Champions League campaign, scoring in the final.
Reconnected with “world-class” Hansen
Hegerberg is always quick to talk about the abilities of her international team-mates, especially Barcelona striker Caroline Graham Hansen who she calls “truly world-class”.
The couple’s friendship had to be put on hold during the build-up to the Champions League final in May, with the usual text-to-talk chatting halted.
But now they are reunited, much to Hegerberg’s delight.
“Now that the season is over, it’s interesting because…Boom! We’re back together, we’re doing everything we can to be our best together and be the best for Norway.”
Besides being one of the most talented players in the competition, Graham Hansen is a serial winner.
She won seven domestic trophies in five seasons at Wolfsburg before winning three consecutive league titles and a Champions League winners’ medal at Barcelona.
Add to that back-to-back Women’s Super League champions Guro Reiten and Maran Mjelde of Chelsea, Arsenal midfielder Frida Maanum and potential star Julie Blakstad of Manchester City. Norway truly have one of the most accomplished starting XIs in the tournament.
Almost every player mentioned so far had an influential impact in Norway’s opening Euro 2022 victory over Northern Ireland. Blackstad, Maanum, Hansen and Reiten scored the goals.
Reiten assisted in the opener, as it took less than 13 minutes for Hegerberg to get her hands on a goal on her return to a major international tournament, often playing selfless passes for her teammates to shine.
It was a warning to the other teams in Group A and beyond – we are here to play. As quarter-finalists of the 2019 World Cup, they are aiming for another chance at the knockout stages.
“I love to spoil the party,” full-back Tuva Hansen told Fotmob.
Beating the team that the majority of the 30,000 fans came to cheer on in Brighton on Monday night will certainly be one way to do that.
If that happens, Norway will no longer be an outsider.
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Coverage will be anchored by Sky Sports WSL presenter Caroline Barker, alongside Jessica Creighton and Kyle Walker. Meanwhile, Karen Carney, Sue Smith, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Laura Bassett will provide analysis throughout the tournament.
They will also be joined by experienced England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester City defender Esme Morgan.
Pundits and presenters will work from the Sky Sports Women’s Euro 2022 mobile presentation bus, which will follow the Sky Sports News team around the country to the various stadiums where the matches are taking place.
Additionally, Sky Sports’ Essential Football Podcast will be rebranded for the Sky Sports Women’s Euros Podcast Tournament from June 21. Hosted by Charlotte Marsh and Anton Toloui, it will feature exclusive news and player interviews in addition to a solid tournament programme.
Euro 2022: The groups…
Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Euro 2022: The schedule…
Wednesday July 6
Group A: England 1-0 Austria
Thursday July 7
Group A: Norway 4-1 Northern Ireland
Friday July 8
Group B: Spain 4-1 Finland
Group B: Germany 4-0 Denmark
Saturday July 9
Group C: Portugal 2-2 Switzerland
Group C: Netherlands 1-1 Sweden
Sunday July 10
Group D: Belgium v Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Italy – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
Monday July 11
Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s
Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
tuesday july 12
Group B: Denmark v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Wednesday July 13
Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Thursday July 14
Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
friday july 15
Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s
Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Saturday July 16
Group B: Finland vs Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium
Sunday July 17
Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane
Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village
Monday July 18
Group D: Iceland vs France – Kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium
Wednesday July 20
Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium
Thursday July 21
Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium
friday july 22
Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village
Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium
tuesday july 26
Semi-Final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 v Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane
Wednesday July 27
Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK
Sunday July 31
Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley