’95 win­ners dom­i­nate in Group B

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -

OTTAWA — Nor­way dom­i­nated Thai­land, 4-0, to open Group B play at the Women’s World Cup.

No. 11-ranked Nor­way, the 1995 world cham­pion, scored in the 15th minute when Trine Ron­ning bent a free kick around a wall of Thai de­fend­ers to beat goal­keeper Wara­porn Boon­s­ing.

Is­abell Herlovsen added a pair of goals, beat­ing Boon­s­ing in the 29th minute and head­ing in a cross­ing pass from Solveig Gul­brand­sen in the 34th. Ada Hegerberg capped the scor­ing in the 68th minute.

The low­est-ranked team in the field at 67th, Thai­land made the tour­na­ment af­ter a steroid scan­dal in­volv­ing North Korea at the 2011 tour­na­ment. Boon­s­ing had a spec­tac­u­lar save on Maren Mjelde on a penalty kick in the 75th minute. Af­ter Duang­napa Sri­tala re­ceived a yel­low card, Mjelde drove her kick to the keeper’s right. Boon­s­ing guessed cor­rectly and stopped it.

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