It's Coming Home! Women's World Cup Is Coming Home...
THIS CAN BE REAL! IT'S REALLY COMING! IT'S COMING HOME! WOMEN'S WORLD CUP IS COMING HOME!
Let's quickly point out that Norway didn't have their star in this World Cup, Ada Hegerberg, because she's fighting for the rights of women in the sport. Good luck, Ada!
Just 3 minutes in, England scored the first goal of the game. A terrific run down the right flank by Lucy Bronze, who entered Norway's area without a problem and passed the ball to White, who mistimed her kick and so the ball fell straight into Jill Scott's path, who fired it into the bottom corner. It couldn't have started much better! 0-1!
England wasn't giving up any chances to their opponents, as they kept pressing and pressing, almost scoring their second goal. Parris and White had two clear chances to make the 2nd goal of the game early on, but both failed to convert, both going too wide, some superb saves by Hjelmseth or hitting the post. GOD DAMN YOU, POOOOST!
It took a while, but just 5 minutes before the end of the first half (40th minute), Ellen White finally scored the 2nd for the British team: White slotted the ball from close range, after a marvelous run by Lyon's striker Nikita Parris down the right wing. The English winger used her pace to beat her marker and then squared with precision to White, who, unmarked, just needed to tap it into the back of an empty net. 0-2! HALF TIME! What a start!
In the second half the Norwegians seemed to not be done yet, and looked more compact than in the first half, where England was the clear dominant force. On the 47th minute, Hansen was completely unmarked in England's area, after Norway worked a very good ball that "somehow" ended up there for her, thankfully, England's captain Steph Houghton got back and recovered the ball to save her team from a dangerous situation.
But, in the end, that fighting spirit didn't last long, as England's Lucy Bronze made the 3rd on the 57th minute. And what should I say? HOLY S***! What was that!?
The right-back wasn't picked up on the edge of the Norwegian penalty area as Mead drilled the ball out to her, and Bronze just blasted it into the goal from... 20 YARDS OUT!? Hjelmseth couldn't stop it! Too much power! 0-3! (With great power comes great responsibility)
Still, Norway didn't give up (again) and could have scored a goal, if it wasn't for Houghton (again) becoming England's savior in the worst scenarios. On the 66th minute, striker Utland got in-behind England's defense, after a poor back pass from Bright. The forward took it past the English goalie from a tight angle, but, unfortunately, Houghton was there again to make a superb block and clear the ball off the line. What a defender!
Then, a couple saves for both teams, and then... A PENALTY!? (What a surprise!)
This time, VAR didn't appear as the foul was clearer than water, however, the penalty was saved in the end by Hjelmshet. The shot from Parris went to the left side, which the Norwegian giant was able to predict as well as stopping a bigger defeat (82nd minute). And that was pretty much it! END OF THE MATCH!
Norway has been eliminated from the Women's World Cup by England once again, after losing in 2015 against their rivals. Meanwhile, the Lionesses should be happy and celebrating, as they go through to the semis of the tournament for a second consecutive time, where they will face either France or the USA (Please, not the USA). Now, my question is: Will England reach the final of the Women's World Cup this year? (As I said, I hope we're not facing the USA until the final round)