By Alan Duffy
England secured their first-ever Women’s World Cup knockout stages victory after a hard-fought 2-1 win against Norway.
The Norwegians dominated the first-half, with Karen Bardsley saving from Isabell Herlovsen and Ada Hegerberg.
England struggled to hold onto the ball, with striker Toni Duggan isolated up front, and were lucky to go in 0-0 at the break.
After the break, Norway eventually took the lead, with Solveig Gulbrandsen heading past Bardsley from a corner on 54 minutes.
England rallied, and got themselves level just after the hour-mark when Steph Houghton headed home from a Fara Williams corner.
With Jill Scott, who came on just before the Norway goal, adding an attacking edge in midfield, the Lionesses were a much improved outfit from the first-half.
Then, on 76 minutes, some fine interplay from the English culminated in a superb long-range strike from full-back Lucy Bronze which beat goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth.
Norway did their best to get back in the game but Mark Simpson’s charges held on to make history and set up an intriguing last eight clash with the hosts Canada in Montreal.
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