UEFA Women’s Championship: England dominate Norway thanks to Beth Mead’s hat-trick

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Beth Mead’s hat-trick put England in first place. European Women’s Championship Norway’s record 8-0 thrashing on Monday in a ruthless game that sent the host country to the quarter-finals with a spare game.

From Georgia Stanway’s first penalty kick, Ellen White set up a brace around Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo, who also hit the target in front of 28,847 fans in Brighton.

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England's Beth Meade celebrates with Ellen White (right) her team's fifth goal during the Women's Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton.  Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022

England’s Beth Meade celebrates with Ellen White (right) her team’s fifth goal during the Women’s Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton. Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

It’s an incredible feeling to feel the way I do right now,” Mead said. “Incredible night.”

After two wins in a row England completes Group A on Friday against Northern Ireland, who lost 2-0 to Austria in another match on Monday.

Norway thrashed Northern Ireland 4-1 in the first leg, but the two-time European champions lost to England even teaming with Ada Hegerberg, the all-time leading scorer in the Women’s Champions League.

“Everyone feels empty,” said Norway coach Martin Sjögren. “I really feel terrible about the players being there and losing 8-0 in a game that we have been looking forward to for some time. We thought we had a good plan and played well in the beginning. The last 85 minutes were terrible. . “

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England's Beth Mead celebrates victory by scoring her third goal, eighth for England, during the Women's Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton and Norway.  Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022

England’s Beth Mead celebrates victory by scoring her third goal, eighth for England, during the Women’s Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton and Norway. Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The size of the result did not reflect the status of the teams in the FIFA rankings with England at No. 1.8 and Norway at No. eleven.

England became the first team to score seven goals in Europe championship a game when Russo headed out after serving a Bronze in 66th place.

“We made it too easy for them,” Sjögren said, “by losing the ball in dangerous places. We made some very, very serious mistakes.”

Mead scored twice in four minutes of the first half, and in the second he completed a hat-trick with a close-range shot after Kira Walsh’s shot was parried.

“What’s going on here? It crossed my mind,” said England coach Sarina Wigman. “We played well, Norway didn’t have any responses to our game, they didn’t pressure us and we just worked very well, created chances, scored goals and it was very nice to watch.”

After winning the 2017 European Championship ahead of her native Netherlands, Wigman is looking to secure England’s first major women’s title.

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England's Georgia Stanway (right) celebrates the first goal from a penalty during the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton.  Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022

England’s Georgia Stanway (right) celebrates the first goal from a penalty during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton. Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

A brilliant attack came in response to doubts over England’s lack of lead in a 1-0 victory over Austria in Wednesday’s Group A opener, with Meade also scoring a goal. England are three points ahead of Austria and Norway, while Northern Ireland is unpointed.

Austria took their first victory earlier in the day at Southampton Stadium in St. Louis. Maria Stadium.

The first ball came open in the 19th minute after Sarah Puntigam’s low free-kick deflected off the Northern Ireland defensive wall as defender Katarina Schichtl spun from close range.

Substitute Katarina Naschenveng burst into the penalty area and shot from under goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns in 88th place.

Defender Laura Winreuther has gone missing for the Austrians due to an injury. positive test for COVID-19.

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Ellen White of England celebrates her team's sixth goal during the Women's Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton.  Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022

Ellen White of England celebrates her team’s sixth goal during the Women’s Euro 2022 Group A football match between England and Norway in Brighton. Hove Community Stadium in Brighton, England on Monday 11 July 2022
(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Another case of coronavirus has been announced: striker Lea Schuller has been ruled out of Germany’s Group B game against Spain in Brentford on Tuesday. The Germans have a strong defense to rely on as they have been the only side other than England to keep a clean sheet so far.

Germany and Spain opened with victories over Finland and Denmark, who play in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.