By Matias Grez, CNN
The England women scored a first milestone at Euro 2022 with a superb 8-0 hammering of Norway to book their place in the knockout stages.
After a tense and lackluster 1-0 win over Austria in the tournament’s opener, the chains were lifted on matchday two as England became the first team in Euro men’s history or women – to score seven or more goals in a match.
The team broke the previous record they set at Euro 2017 with a 6-0 win over Scotland.
In the build-up to the match, Norway head coach Martin Sjögren did his best to get inside the heads of those in the English side, insisting that the Lionesses “feel a lot of pressure to be at home, being one of the favorites.”
Obviously, he couldn’t have been more wrong.
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England led 6-0 before half-time thanks to goals from Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp and braces from Ellen White and Beth Mead, before Alessia Russo’s header and Mead’s third goal sealed victory eye-catching in the second half.
What makes this result all the more astonishing is that Norway were among the pre-tournament favorites to go far at Euro 2022 and have a number of top talents including the attacking trio of 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg, Chelsea. star Guro Reiten and Caroline Graham Hansen of Barcelona.
“I just can’t put it into words,” Mead told the BBC. “I don’t think I even dreamed of it. I’m so happy to have scored goals to help the team. I just love being here, loving being part of this team and loving every minute.
“It’s an incredible feeling to feel what I’m doing right now. Girls must enjoy this one. These are times we should take advantage of. »
After more than 68,000 fans watched the team in their first match against Austria, 28,847 came to watch England hammer Norway and created an atmosphere which striker White described as ‘absolutely crazy’ .
“We are very grateful for this support,” she added. “I hope we can continue to grow as a team, but I hope everyone is proud of us.”
England head coach Sarina Wiegman, who maintains her unbeaten record in charge of the Lionesses, described it as a ‘special night’ but admitted even they hadn’t seen that kind of victory come.
“We really exploited their weaknesses and we’re really happy, but at the same time it’s just one game,” she told the BBC. “We will take advantage of the moment, but we will remain really anchored. ‘What is happening here?’ – it went through my head.
“Norway didn’t have the answers. We created chances, we scored goals and it was great to watch. We really showed our qualities.
“The fans have been really nice again, almost 30,000 of them. We just need to enjoy this moment, relax a bit and then start preparing for the next game.
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