Sports Football 19 Jun 2019 Norway reach pre-qua ...

Norway reach pre-quarters

AFP
Published Jun 19, 2019, 1:51 am IST
Updated Jun 19, 2019, 1:51 am IST
Caroline Graham Hansen gave Norway an early lead from the spot after Cho So-hyun was judged to have grabbed Maria Thorisdottir in the third minute.
Norway’s Isabell Herlovsen (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring in a Women’s World Cup match against South Korea at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, on Tuesday. Norway won 2-1. (Photo: AP)
 Norway’s Isabell Herlovsen (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring in a Women’s World Cup match against South Korea at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, on Tuesday. Norway won 2-1. (Photo: AP)

Reims: Norway went through to the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup alongside China and Spain on Tuesday after beating South Korea 2-1, while France and Germany topped their groups with wins over Nigeria and South Africa.

Caroline Graham Hansen gave Norway an early lead from the spot after Cho So-hyun was judged to have grabbed Maria Thorisdottir in the third minute, before winning the decisive second penalty shortly after the break when she was chopped down by Kang Chae-rim.

 

The Barcelona attacker had to watch while she received treatment on the sidelines as Isabell Herlovsen just squeezed home Norway’s second to secure the points from a nervy encounter and seal second place in Group A, despite Yeo Min-ji’s poked finish 12 minutes from time. They also survived a late scare from the Koreans, who are nonetheless out after finishing bottom with no points, when Min-ji headed a fraction wide in stoppage time.

Outsiders Italy need just a point against Brazil to top the group while the Australians can snatch second place if they beat point-less bottom side Jamaica and the Brazilians — in second level on three points with the Aussies — fail to win.

 

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