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