England hit EIGHT against Norway to seal EURO 2022 quarter-final spot
- G. Stanway (12′PEN)
- L. Hemp (15′)
- E. White (29′) (41′)
- B. Mead (34′) (38′) (81′)
- A. Russo (66′)
- J. Blakstad (56′)
- C. Bizet (77′)
- F. Maanum (87′)
Highlights: England 8-0 Norway
See all the goals from Brighton, as the Lionesses seal their EURO 2022 quarter-final spot
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Mead, Ellen White, Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo all netted at the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium as the Lionesses successfully secured their place in the knockout stages following on from last week's opening day win over Austria.
Mead, Stanway, Hemp and White all scored before half time before the Arsenal ace completed her hat-trick after the break to complete the biggest margin of victory in the EURO tournament's – both men’s and women’s – history.
The contest began as a defensive battle, with little room to breathe for either team.
But that soon changed into a memorable night for England as Norway's Maria Thorisdottir's rash play in the box brought down White in front of the referee for a soft penalty.
And it only got better from there as a fumble from Martin Sjögren's side saw Mead's low ball find Hemp for an awkward, yet straightforward, backfoot tap to claim the second goal after only 16 minutes.
Originally ruled as offside, VAR came into play as the offside was overruled and the sold-out Sussex crowd thundered in applause for an England 2-0.
Norway tried to bounce back with several corners and attempts around the box but it was no use as England were firmly in control.
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The Lionesses extended their momentum again in the 34th minute as White hustled Maren Mjelde off the ball before Mead grabbed another goal with a clean header.
And Mead claimed one more four minutes later as she teased the Norwegian defence, slalomed past two defenders before slipping the ball past Guro Pettersen.
Half time came shortly after White found the back of the net once more with a close-range shot from Fran Kirby's cross to hit Norway for six.
Norway suffered a further setback as Julie Blakstad was shown yellow for dragging down Mead after the break and the Arsenal star almost sealed her hat-trick four minutes later but couldn't quite get her boot to the ball.
The Lionesses toyed with the Norwegian side, dancing around the box and trying to fire in shot after shot.
And a rocket from substitute Alex Greenwood almost claimed an eighth but hit the crossbar, as Lucy Bronze tried the same.
But it was Mead who had the final say, by sealing her first hat-trick in a major tournament in the 81st minute with a simple finish from close range to outline a statement of intent in the race for the golden boot while also helping fire England into the last eight in style.