Eng­land ral­lies to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals

Its first knock­out- stage win in a World Cup comes on a sun­baked ar­ti­fi­cial turf field. ENG­LAND 2 NOR­WAY 1

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OT­TAWA — English women’s soc­cer fi­nally has a few World Cup mo­ments that de­serve remembering.

In 15 stun­ning min­utes, the Three Lionesses over­came a 1- 0 deficit, the blis­ter­ing heat on a sun­baked ar­ti­fi­cial turf field, and their own dis­ap­point­ing and brief tour­na­ment history. They beat Nor­way, 2- 1, on Mon­day, de­liv­er­ing Eng­land its f irst knock­out- stage vic­tory.

“The f irst emo­tion I’m feel­ing is a real sense of pride for the team,” Coach Mark Samp­son said. “To show that char­ac­ter and re­silience to come back from a goal down in this tour­na­ment is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment.”

The win be­gan with stel­lar goal­keep­ing from Karen Bard­s­ley, who helped Eng­land weather Nor­way’s firsthalf push and keep the game score­less.

And then, af­ter fall­ing be­hind on Solveig Gulbrandsen’s goal in the 54th minute, Eng­land’s of­fense found its range.

Steph Houghton tied it by head­ing in Fara Wil­liams’ cor­ner kick in the 61st minute. And de­fender Lucy Bronze, from just out­side the penalty area, won it in the 76th minute with a hard, line- drive shot that glanced in off the hand of goal­keeper In­grid Hjelm­seth.

“We showed an amaz­ing amount of char­ac­ter to­day,” said Bard­s­ley, who stopped four shots. “We went very, very deep to make it hap­pen.”

Eng­land will play Canada in the quar­ter­fi­nals on Satur­day in Van­cou­ver.

“The in­di­vid­ual play­ers are now inked in the football history of Eng­land for­ever,” Samp­son said. “But I re­it­er­ate, we want this jour­ney to keep go­ing.”

An­dre Ringuette Getty I mages

NOR­WAY GOAL­KEEPER In­grid Hjelm­seth can’t stop the win­ning goal by Eng­land’s Lucy Bronze.

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