Norway downs Thailand 4-0 in Women’s World Cup

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Norway cruised to a 4-0 victory over Thailand for the European country’s first three points of the tournament.

Thailand was clearly outgunned in both physical stature and experience against the Grasshoppers, though the Asian side were able to push hard in the beginning of the match any generate some play.

The opening goal came in the 15th minute from Trine Ronning on an well-struck free kick, and in the 24th minute, Isabell Herlovsen hit a roller from 12 yards out that counted for the second score of the contest.

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In the 34th minute, lackluster defending allowed Herlovsen–her second goal of a brace in this contest–to head home a cross from Solveig Gulbrandsen.

Then, to cap it off in the 68th minute, 19-year-old Ada Hergerberg finished an Elise Thorsnes feed and the game did show other opportunities that would have stretched the scoreline in Norway’s favor.

“The first game of the tournament is always nerve-wracking,” Norway head coach Even Pellerud said. “We are happy to have three points, but we have to improve aspects of our play against other teams.”

Maren Mjelde stepped up for a penalty kick in the second half only to have her attempt magnificently saved by Thai goalie Waraporn Boonsing and Hergerberg smashed shots off the posts on two occasions.

Herlovsen also lost a goal due to an offside call.

As for Thailand, the fifth minute marked their best chance on frame. Kanjana Sung-Ngoen made a quality run down the right side and zipped a pass over to Silawan Intamee to tap into the back of the net but it sped by her.

Thailand got a decent result considering their massive underdog status in this one, as some predicted a bigger gap than four.

“We met a very good team and learned how women’s football at international level works,” said Thailand head coach Nuengrutai Srathongvian.