Women’s World Cup 2019: Penalty double sends Norway through

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Women’s World Cup 2019: Germany shuts out South Africa, 4-0, to clinch top spot Norway scored a penalty in each half as they saw off South Korea 2-1 on Monday to finish second in Group A and book a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.With a point being enough to send Norway through, they made a fast start in Reims as Caroline Graham Hansen scored the earliest spotkick in the competition’s history after four minutes and 33 seconds. Martin Sjogren’s side, beaten 2-1 by tournament hosts France last time out following a 3-0 win over Nigeria in their opener, added another early in the second half through Isabell Herlovsen’s penalty.Despite pulling one back through Yeo Min-ji 12 minutes from time, there was to be no late twist as South Korea exited the competition without a point from their three round-robin fixtures. Related Newscenter_img — Caroline Graham Hansen’s opening goal for Norway was the quickest goal scored at the 2019 edition of the Women’s World Cup.— Kristine Minde made her 100th appearance for Norway, the fifth player in the current squad to hit that milestone. 4:33 – At 4 mins 33 secs, Caroline Graham Hansen’s goal for Norway was the earliest penalty ever scored at a Women’s World Cup tournament. Spotted. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/rRhHUHISm9— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 17, 2019The Asian nation’s heaviest defeat in this competition came against Norway in 2003 when losing 7-1 and they were behind inside five minutes on this occasion.Maria Thorisdottir was dragged down by Cho So-hyun and Hansen sent the first penalty of the game flying past Kim Min-jung.A good opportunity to level up the match came and went for Yeo two minutes before halftime as she dragged the ball into the side-netting.And South Korea’s failure to create any further clear-cut chances cost them four minutes into the second half as Hansen was felled by Kang Chae-rim and Herlovsen successfully converted, despite Kim getting a hand to the ball.Following a poor miss from Karina Saevik, Yeo scored a consolation 14 minutes later at the other end with a close-range finish from a smart flick from Lee Geum-min, but it was not enough to stop Norway joining France in the knockout rounds.Key Opta Facts:— Norway has won its final group stage match in seven of its previous eight Women’s World Cup tournaments (W7 D0 L1), with three of those wins coming against Asian nations.last_img

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