England set Euro record by beating Norway eight goals

England set Euro record by beating Norway eight goals

England recorded the biggest win in European Championship history as Beth Mead’s hat-trick inspired an 8-0 demolition of Norway that booked the hosts’ place in the quarter-finals on Monday.

Sarina Wiegman’s side scored six first-half goals en route to smashing their own record winning margin at the Women’s Euros when they beat Scotland 6-0 in 2017.

No team, male or female, had ever scored eight goals in a European Championship until England’s incredible run of goals against the overwhelmed Norwegians at Brighton.

Georgia Stanway’s 12th-minute penalty opened the floodgates and Lauren Hemp struck three minutes later.

Ellen White and Mead scored twice in the first half to leave Norway reeling.

Confirming their status as top contenders to win the tournament on home soil, England showed no mercy after the break.

Alessia Russo scored the record seventh goal and Mead completed her hat trick to cap off a stunning performance from the Lionesses.

England’s victory ensures they finish top of Group A with one game to play.

They face Northern Ireland at Southampton on Friday in a dead rubber before returning to Brighton a week away on Wednesday to face runners-up Group B, which includes Germany and Spain, in the quarter-finals.

A crowd of 28,847 roamed the blistering stage, chanting ‘football is coming home’ as England’s unbeaten run under Wiegman extended to a 16th game with 14 wins.

“It was a very special night. We didn’t expect to get such a big win, but we played really well. We really exploited their weaknesses and we’re really happy, but at the same time, it’s just a match,” Wiegman said. .

“What’s going on here? It was going through my mind. Norway had no answers. We created chances, scored goals and it was great to watch.

“We showed how good we are. When we go through, we will be tested at a higher level. We have to do better in every game.”

Mead added: “I really enjoy my football, I love being part of this team. Honestly, it’s an amazing feeling to feel what I’m doing right now.

“The girls need to take advantage of this one. These are the times we need to take advantage of.”

– Deadly Mead –

Northern Ireland, who lost 2-0 to Austria last Monday, are now eliminated.

Third-placed Norway, who are expected to be among the title contenders, and second-placed Austria both have three points after two games.

They will meet in a shootout on Friday to decide the other qualifier for the group quarter-finals.

England opened their campaign with last week’s 1-0 win over Austria at Old Trafford.

But that tense tie was a far cry from the deluge of goals raining down on Norway.

Stanway kicked past Guro Pettersen after White was fouled by Maria Thorisdottir.

Three minutes later, England scored again when Mead’s cross was cleared by Hemp, with the goal given via a VAR check after the flag was initially raised for offside.

White took advantage of sloppy play from Thorisdottir in the 29th minute, grabbing the ball, advancing into the box and heading home.

Mead was next to enter the act with a quick brace, heading in from Hemp’s cross in the 34th minute and then shooting past Pettersen in the 38th.

Three minutes later, White took her goalscoring record for the Lionesses to 52, converting at the far post as she met Fran Kirby’s delivery.

Russo scored seven in the 66th minute, heading in from Lucy Bronze’s cross, before the lethal Mead produced a finishing single to score his fourth goal of the tournament and cap off a remarkable night.

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