Player ratings as favourites secure straightforward win

From St Mary’s Stadium – Norway kicked off their Women’s Euro 2022 campaign with a win, breezing to a 4-1 victory over minnows Northern Ireland on the south coast.

The heavy favourites wasted no time exerting their dominance, racing into a three-goal lead inside 30 minutes. Northern Ireland then gave them a scare with a Julie Nelson header, but Guro Reiten soon had the ‘home side’ back in control and Norway then coasted to the full-time whistle.

It took less than 10 minutes for Norway to take the lead. Two WSL players combined with Reiten finding Julie Blakstad well-timed overlap and the…

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