England outclasses Norway, marches into last four

England marched into the Women’s World Cup semi-finals with an impressive 3-0 victory over Norway, delivering its best performance of the tournament.
England outclasses Norway, marches into last four
England’s Lucy Bronze scored a screamer to cap off an easy win
LE HAVRE: Ellen White scored her fifth goal of the competition in between Jill Scott’s opener and a Lucy Bronze screamer for the Phil Neville-coached side. England was devastating on its right flank, with the outstanding Bronze and Nikita Parris tormenting their opponents. Norway struggled to cope with their swift movement and intelligent use of the ball.

England got away with some sloppiness at the back early in the second half, but it ended strongly. The semis will be hosted in Lyon, where Bronze plays her club football for European champion Olympique Lyonnais. England took the lead after three minutes when Bronze burst down the right flank and cut in from the byline. White swung and missed, but Scott slotted the ball home off the post for the fastest goal of the event.

England doubled its tally five minutes before the break, with White tapping in Parris’s cross from inside the area. Parris’s pace was too much to handle for Norway, but England put itself in a dangerous situation when goalkeeper Karen Bardsley’s poor first touch almost saw her dispossessed in front of goal.

But the contest was all but over in the 57th minute when substitute Beth Mead’s quick free-kick was played back to Bronze on the edge of the area. The latter blasted her drive into theroof of the net.

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