Sarina Wiegman hails England’s eight-goal performance on ‘incredible night’

England chief Sarina Wiegman hailed his players’ efforts on an ‘incredible night’ after securing their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2022 with a record 8-0 hammering of Norway at Amex Stadium.

The tournament hosts scored six times in a frantic first-half display, with Georgia Stanway’s 12th-minute penalty and a finish from Lauren Hemp three minutes later, followed by a brace from Ellen White and Beth Mead.

It equates to the most goals scored by any team in a Women’s Euro game, and England went on to record the competition’s biggest win, overtaking their 6-0 win over Scotland in 2017 , after a 66th-minute effort from the substitute. Alessia Russo and Mead completing his hat trick late.

When asked to describe his team’s performance, Wiegman said, “Just a great performance.

“We kept playing the game, also in the second half, and sometimes when you’re 6-0 up the players try to do different things, but we didn’t – we kept playing together and do our job.

“An amazing evening, very enjoyable – (but) stay grounded, as we have nothing yet.”

With the remarkable win in front of a crowd of 28,847 – from which cries of ‘football come home’ rang out at various stadiums – seeing them seal top spot in Group A, the Lionesses will return to Brighton a week on Wednesday to play a quarter-final against the runners-up in Group B, which includes Germany and Spain.

Their group matches end with Friday’s encounter at St Mary’s with now-eliminated Northern Ireland, who lost 2-0 to Austria earlier on Monday.

England opened their campaign with last Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Austria at Old Trafford, with a competition record attendance of just under 69,000.

And when Wiegman was told that if people didn’t know there was a Women’s Euro they knew now, she said: “I don’t know, I think they already knew last Wednesday, because it was good too.

“I just hope they like it, and that’s what we hope to do – make the nation proud.

“We’ve had two games now, we’re trying to play our best game, and today we did. But it’s only three points – if you win 1-0 or 8-0 it doesn’t make a difference – we haven’t won anything yet.

While Norway boss Martin Sjogren said before the match that his side were ‘definitely’ underdogs ahead of the game, the way things unfolded came as a shock to the system for the three-placed side. below world-ranked 11th England, who were 4-1 winners against Northern Ireland in their opener at St Mary’s last Thursday.

Sjogren said when asked how he felt after the match: “It’s not easy to put into words.

“Of course everyone felt devastated by how we looked tonight. I feel really, really bad for the sake of the players, to be out there and be beaten by England 8-0 in a game that we have been looking forward to for some time.

“We had a good feeling before the game, we thought we had a good plan, and I thought we played the first 10 minutes well, but then the last 80 minutes were more or less awful to be honest.”

Sarina Wiegman hails England’s eight-goal performance on ‘incredible night’

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