England and Northern Ireland are back in action as the second round of Euro 2022 group matches kicks off on Monday.

Hosts England, who opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Austria in front of a record crowd at Old Trafford, are in Brighton to face Norway.

Northern Ireland, meanwhile, face Austria in Southampton hoping to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat to Norway last week.

France rallied to beat Italy 5-1 on Sunday, while Belgium and Iceland drew 1-1.

Here, the PA news agency summarizes the latest developments in the tournament.

What is the pressure?

Sarina Wigman insists the pressure isn’t just on England ahead of their clash with Norway (Martin Ricketts/Pennsylvania)

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England and Norway tried to put pressure on each other before the meeting.

Norway coach Martin Sjögren opened the verbal war by saying his side were “definitely” underdogs and adding that England “feel quite a bit of pressure being at home, being one of the favourites”.

The opposite number Sarina Wigman hastened to return it to Sjogren.

“I don’t think so,” she said. “I think Norway also has to win to be first in the group.”

Sjogren added that he felt “there were a lot of nerves playing in” England’s opening win over Austria.

Again, Wigman had the answer.

“It’s nice that they’re trying to pressure us,” she said. “We’re just working on our game and how we want to play.”

Magill in Irish Thought

Simone Magill to miss rest of Euros (Nigel French/Pennsylvania)

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Northern Ireland want to beat Austria because of injured striker Simon Magill.

Magill, who recently joined Aston Villa from Everton, will miss the rest of the tournament after injuring his ACL against Norway.

Captain Marissa Callaghan said: “The girls were heartbroken for Simone.

“We always talk about this family we have and there were a lot of tears for her, but it’s a big boost for us to go out and get a result for her.”

At 47th in the world, Northern Ireland are the lowest ranked team in the world and Austria know they will be expected to win at St Mary’s Stadium.

“The expectations and the pressure are higher than in the first match,” defender Karina Weninger said.

France made a strong statement

Having seen victories from the likes of England, Spain and Germany, France, another of the tournament favourites, laid down their early lead in striking fashion.

France thrashed Italy in their Group D opener at New York’s Rotherham Stadium, scoring all of their goals in a one-sided first half, with Grace Guerra netting a hat-trick.

Marie-Antoinette Catota and Delfina Cascarina were also included in the report. Martina Piemonte claimed a consolation for Italy in the 75th minute after teammate Sarah Gama was shown a red card, reduced to a yellow following a VAR review.

Honored even in Manchester

Belgium and Iceland settle for a point (Martin Rickett/Pennsylvania)

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Iceland and Belgium played out a draw in the other Group D match at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.

Berglind Torvaldsdottir gave Iceland the lead after missing an earlier penalty, but Justine Vanhaevermath secured a share of the spoils with a spot-kick of her own.

Star attraction

Belgium men’s team manager Roberto Martinez (right) watched the game in Manchester (Martin Rickett/Pennsylvania)

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The choice of the 4,400-capacity Academy Stadium drew criticism from Iceland ahead of the competition, but what the venue lacked in size, the crowd made up for in atmosphere.

Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir was among those who joined in the fun and was photographed enjoying the occasion. Men’s coach of Belgium Roberto Martinez was also among the crowd.

Statistics of the day

Photo of the day

Geyora may have grabbed the headlines, but Cascarino’s long-range strike for France’s third goal was a superb effort (Nick Potts/Pennsylvania)

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Quote of the day


I’m happy with my game, but it’s a collective effort. I had just come back from injury and really wanted to start.

Geyoro modestly reflects on his performance

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11 July Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland (17:00, St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton) Group A: England v Norway (20:00, Amex Stadium, Brighton)

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/norway-northern-ireland-england-sarina-wiegman-roberto-martinez-b2120099.html

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