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England women’s football team makes Euro history with spellbinding 8-0 victory over Norway

Amelia Hansford July 12, 2022
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Beth Mead of England celebrates after scoring her team's fifth goal with teammates during the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton at Hove Community

Beth Mead of England celebrates after scoring her team's fifth goal with teammates during the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton at Hove Community Stadium on July 11, 2022 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Thor Wegner/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

England beat Norway in a record-breaking 8-0 victory at the Women’s Euros, guaranteeing them a place at the quarter-finals.

The England women’s team made history at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Monday night (11 July), scoring eight goals in a single match, something that has never been done in a men’s or women’s Euro match.

England will now reach the quarter-finals with skyrocketing momentum behind them. As a Group A team, their opponent will be runner-up of Group B.

After a notably underwhelming first few minutes, where Norway displayed dominance, a 12th-minute penalty by Georgia Stanway jumpstarted a historical run of goals that those who were attending will scarcely forget.

Among the players to score was queer forward Beth Mead, who bagged a hat-trick, cementing England’s dominance during the game.

By the end of the match, England coach Sarina Wiegman told BBC Sport she wanted her side to “entertain” the Brighton crowd.

“It was a very special night, we didn’t expect to make such a big win, but we played really well,” she continued.

“We really exploited their weaknesses and we’re really happy – but at the same time, it’s just one game. We’ll enjoy the moment but we’ll stay really grounded.”

The record-breaking match came as a huge surprise to both fans and players alike after England’s somewhat underwhelming win against Austria on 6 July. The team’s one and only goal was pulled off by Arsenal winger Fran Kirby just after the 16-minute mark.

During the Austria game, England hit 15 shots, with five on target. Comparatively, their Norway game saw a whopping 25 shots and 15 shots on target.

“I keep saying I’m really enjoying my football, I love being part of this team,” Mead said in an interview with the BBC.

“Honestly, it’s an incredible feeling to feel how I do right now. I don’t think I even dreamt of this but I’m just so happy I could get the goals again.”

Beth Mead of England celebrates with Lauren Hemp after scoring her sides fifth goal during the UEFA Women's Euro England 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium on July 11, 2022 in Brighton, England.
Beth Mead of England celebrates with Lauren Hemp after scoring her sides fifth goal during the UEFA Women’s Euro England 2022 group A match between England and Norway at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium on July 11, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The England women’s team unveiled its Euro 2022 squad last month on 16 June. Using a smart mix of younger and more experienced players, manager Wiegman expressed her excitement for “what is possible for this group.”

The team also includes several LGBTQ+ players, including Beth Mead, veteran Jill Scott, midfielder Rachel Daly and Demi Stokes.

This isn’t the first time Mead has scored a hat trick. Her iconic 14-minute goal trifecta in April 2022 proves more than anything that she’s a worthy competitor on the field.

Midfielder Jill Scott’s time on the team has surpassed 150 caps. The 35-year-old made her England debut in 2006 and has been a valuable player to the team ever since, having played in the 2009 and 2011 World Cups and four Euros.

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