Women’s World Cup: England beats Norway, 2-1, advances to quarterfinals

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Thanks to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Norway on Monday, England have won a knockout round game at the Women’s World Cup for the first time ever.

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The first half saw just a handful of chances for either side, as England and Norway played to nearly dead-even possession and production across the board. The second half, however, exploded to life with a 22-minute span that featured all three of the game’s goals.

Solveig Gulbrandsen opened the scoring with a flicked-on header in the 54th minute. Lene Mykjaland whipped in the in-swinging corner kick to the near post, where Gulbrandsen used the top of her head to flick the ball behind her, off the underside of the crossbar and just over the goal line.

England’s equalizer came just seven minutes later, when Steph Houghton bounced a perfectly placed header back across the face of goal and off the inside of the far post. Fara Williams’ out-swinging corner kick sailed over the majority of players in the box, to the far post, where Houghton beat two defenders to the ball.

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Lucy Bronze scored the winner in the 76th minute, when she finished a bit of passing around Norway’s penalty area with a swerving blast from the right corner of the 18-yard box. Jodie Taylor played the ball inside to Bronze, and the 24-year-old unleashed a right-footed blast and watched as the ball sailed seemingly forever toward the near post before it hit off the hands of goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth and found the back of the net.

England are now through to the quarterfinal round, where they’ll face Canada, hosts of the 2015 tournament, for either nation’s first trip to the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup.