England beat Norway (3-0) on Thursday in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Women’s World Cup and is now awaiting France or the United States, who face off in semi-finals in Paris on Friday. .
Third in the last World Championship in Canada in 2015, England has confirmed its serious title to the final victory with a successful performance, although it was helped by the awkwardness or slowness of the Norwegian goal.
A slowness that had nothing to do with the weather, the temperature being well below 30 degrees kickoff, unlike that prevailing in the rest of France.
“Their two scouts were sitting literally behind the bench,” said England coach Phil Neville. I greeted them after each goal. “
The Scandinavians, however, had a number of favorable positions.
But either they stalled as Guro Reiten in the 31st, who has forgotten Karina Saevik, better placed on his left, to finally see his shot countered, or they lacked agility as Caroline Graham Hansen, alone at six meters but who could not convert a discount from Isabell Herlovsen’s perfect header.
In the 66th, it was a well-returned Steph Houghton that Toni Duggan found to prevent him from reducing the score.
But the match seemed anyway already folded at that time, the English not having asked, she, to put the ball in the bottom of the nets.
“You’ve been able to see tonight that Lucy Bronze is the best player in the world,” said Neville. There is no other player like her on the planet. None who has the same athletic qualities. I played as center-back, but never at the level where she plays. “
By the third minute, Jill Scott had the right reflex – and help from the post – to take over a Lucy Bronze center that Ellen White had missed right in front of her (1-0, 3rd).
Nikita Parris, at the corner of six meters, missed the frame (21st) and White sent a recovery on the post (29th), but the players of Phil Neville managed to make the break before the break, still by White, who scored his 5th goal in 4 games played unopposed after a line service Parris (2-0, 40).
After the break, it’s the very dynamic side right, Bronze, which removed all suspense from a powerful shot under the bar from the entrance to the surface (3-0, 57th), for a goal much like the one inscribed four years ago against Norway, for a much tighter win (2-1) in the round of 16.
“It showed them how big they are,” said Neville.
The Norwegian goalkeeper managed to stop a nice penalty Parris in the 83rd, but for the third time in a row, the last four will be played without this former stronghold of women’s football.
England are now two victories to win a first major women’s title.
“I asked them during the caucus, ‘Are you ready to win the World Cup?’ Said Neville.