England the boss Sarina Wigman hailed the efforts of her players on an “incredible night” after they booked their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 with a record 8-0 run. Norway at Amex Stadium.
The tournament hosts scored six goals in a blistering first half, with Georgia Stanway scoring a 12th-minute penalty to finish with Lauren Canaply followed three minutes later by Ellen White and Beth Mead.
It was equal to the most goals scored by one team in a Women’s Euro match and England claimed the biggest win in the competition’s history, surpassing their 6-0 win over Scotland in 2017 after a 66th-minute substitute strike. Alesia Russo and Mead completed her hat trick late on.
Asked to describe her display, Wigman said: “Just a great performance.
“We kept playing the game, also in the second half, and sometimes when you’re 6-0 up, players try to do different things, but we didn’t – we kept playing together and doing our job.
“Incredible evening, very enjoyable – (but) stay grounded because we have nothing yet.”
With a fine win in front of a crowd of 28,847 who at various stages chanted “football is coming home” as they saw them top Group A, the Lionesses will return to Brighton a week later on Wednesday for a quarter-final against a side who took second place in Group B, which includes Germany and Spain.
Their group matches conclude with Friday’s meeting in St Mary’s with now-eliminated Northern Ireland, who lost 2-0 to Austria earlier on Monday.
England opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Austria last Wednesday at Old Trafford in a competition-record attendance of just under 69,000.
And when Wigman was told that if people didn’t know there was a women’s Euro, they knew now, she said: “I don’t know, I think they already knew last Wednesday because that was nice too.
“I just hope they enjoy it and that’s what we hope to do is make the nation proud.
“We’ve had two games, we try to play our best and today we did that. But it’s only three points – if you win 1-0 or 8-0 it doesn’t matter – we haven’t won anything yet.”
Although Norway coach Martin Sjogren said before the game that his side were “definitely” underdogs in the game, the way things played out was something of a shock to the system for a team ranked three places below England, who ranked 11th in the world, and was 4th. -1 win over Northern Ireland in the opener at St Mary’s last Thursday.
Sjögren said when asked about his feelings after the match: “It’s not easy to put into words.
“Obviously everyone was gutted by the way we looked tonight. I really, really feel terrible for the players, to be there and be beaten 8-0 by England in a game we’ve been waiting for quite a while.
“We had a good feeling before the game, we thought we had a good plan and I thought we played well for the first 10 minutes, but after that the last 80 minutes were more or less terrible to be honest.”