Beth Mead hits hat-trick as record-breaking England stun Norway

Stunning 8-0 win against Norway sees Lionesses book their place in the Euro 2022 quarter-finals

Tuesday, 12th July — By Catherine Etoe

England fans - vs Norway

England fans had plenty to cheer at the Amex Stadium

ATTENDANCE records continue to tumble at EURO 2022, but England set a new standard on Monday when they hit the goalscoring heights with a whopping 8-0 win over Norway.

A wall of noise greeted every goal at the Amex, the crowd of 28,847 in raptures as England toyed with one of the best teams in the world.

It was another great night for Arsenal’s Beth Mead, who was left clutching the match ball and player of the game gong in Brighton after scoring a hat-trick in a ruthless win that stunned even the players.

“If you’d have told us that yesterday we’d probably have all laughed at you,” Mead said of the scoreline afterwards. “We couldn’t believe it on the pitch as you could probably see by our faces, but every player was phenomenal.”

Mead’s hat-trick, an Ellen White brace, Georgia Stanway penalty and goals from youngsters Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo sealed an historic night for England.

The result eclipsed the existing competition record, a 6-0 win over Scotland set by England in 2017.

The Lionesses’ passage into the quarter-finals is now assured and Sarina Wiegman’s side will close out the group stage in Southampton on Friday against Northern Ireland.

Kenny Shiels’ debutants are set for an early exit after a 2-0 loss to Austria at St Mary’s on Monday afternoon.

Austria must now avoid defeat to Norway to reach the knockouts, but their elation at a solid victory over Northern Ireland prompted a joyful press conference invasion by a handful of players.

Gunner Manuela Zinsberger played her part, in both the match and dancing celebrations, although Arsenal’s Laura Wienroither missed the tie after testing positive for Covid.

England and Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy has also been out this week after testing positive.

Their club mate Vivianne Miedema is also now out with Covid. That news will be a blow for the Netherlands – star forward Miedema was hailed as the player of the match at Bramall Lane after leading a fightback in a 1-1 draw with a Sweden side that featured fellow Gunner Stina Blackstenius.

More than 21,000 fans descended on Sheffield for that tie, the streets awash with orange as scores of Dutch fans danced and sang their way to the stadium.

Sweden supporters played their part too, though, urging their team on in a match that set a new attendance record for a group stage game that didn’t involve the hosts.

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