- England and Norway meet in the knockout rounds for the second successive World Cup
- Lionesses cruised through to the last eight while their opponents were taken to penalties
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The stakes are the same, the warm summer weather will be similar and the teams, of course, are identical. But while plenty will be familiar when Norway and England meet in another FIFA Women’s World Cup™ knockout bout, freshness is guaranteed by two new coaches and a clutch of impressive young players.
Both sides have blossomed, too. The Lionesses are now the world’s third-ranked team with Lucy Bronze – their unlikely match-winner in this fixture four years ago – one of several world-class players within their ranks. Norway, meanwhile, have bounced back from a nightmare UEFA Women’s EURO to rack up impressive victories over Nigeria, Korea Republic and, most recently, Australia.
Veterans of that 2015 meeting also feel they have a score to settle. As captain Maren Mjelde told FIFA.com ahead of the tournament: “We should have won against England. That has stayed in my mind ever since – and it still annoys me.”
Norway-England: Quarter-final, Le Havre, 27 June, 21:00
Team Reporter analysis
Philip O’Connor (NOR)
The sheer physical and mental effort of 120 minutes plus penalties against Australia was eclipsed by Norway’s unbridled joy at making it to the quarter-finals. All of Martin Sjogren’s players are fit, rested and raring to go as they seek to avenge their 2-1 defeat to England at the 2015 World Cup in Canada. Key to their success will be striker Isabell Herlovsen who has scored twice and forced two own goals already at this tournament. She was also the only goalscorer the last time Norway won a World Cup quarter-final, against hosts China in 2007, when she was a promising teenager.
Laure James (ENG)
England face well-rounded opposition in Norway, who are not only physically fit and technically gifted but also tactically astute. While they may have had an easier Round of 16 game in terms of energy expended than a team that battled through extra-time and penalties, the Lionesses may be without influential captain Steph Houghton, who is nursing an injury. Phil Neville has said he will not change the starting XI as drastically as he did during the group stage games as he seeks consistency with a team ready to follow his game plan to the letter. Conditions in Le Havre will suit both teams given that the city sits in the only part of France avoiding this week’s brutal heatwave.
Fans interested in attending the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 can still purchase tickets for the tournament via www.fifa.com/tickets, as well as via ticket booths located at stadia for remaining matches still available to the general public.