Cymru suffer narrow defeat at home against group winners Norway
International
27 October 2020

Cymru suffer narrow defeat at home against group winners Norway

Cymru’s hopes of qualifying for Euro 2021 now hangs in the balance after suffering a 0-1 defeat at home to the group winners, Norway.

Cymru 0-1 Norway

UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Qualifier

  • Tuesday, 27 November 2020
  • Cardiff City Stadium

It was a brave performance from Ludlow’s side, who frustrated Norway for an hour and came close to equalising after falling behind but in the end, Maanum’s goal was enough to separate the two sides.

During the first 45 minutes, Ludlow’s game plan to frustrate the visiting team worked well, with the Cymru squad organised and well-drilled despite Norway enjoying most of the possession. Fishlock had a chance in the opening five minutes, spotting space at the edge of the box and turned away from the Norway defence to strike just wide of the top left-hand corner. 

The majority of the chances however came from the visiting team, with O’Sullivan coming up trumps with a couple of crucial saves. Thorsnes proved threatening in the box but the Cymru keeper handled her with ease.

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With no changes from either teams after half time, it started out much of the same with Norway piling on the pressure again. Eventually they had their breakthrough after a mistake from Green in midfield and miscommunication between Fishlock and Hughes resulted in a free strike for Maanum into the bottom left corner. With Ludlow’s side needing a point to solidify their second place standing in the group and an elusive play-off spot, it was necessary to change tactics and take the game to Norway.

Cymru’s main chance came from a corner, with Angharad James crossing to Fishlock before striking it wide. They continued to pile on the pressure, with James forcing Fiskerstrand into action after stealing possession in midfield, but yet again the keeper denied the Cymru attack. It was sadly too little too late for Ludlow’s squad this evening, with victory to Norway securing their qualification at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"It was a game of two halves really.

We did really well to keep to our game plan and one sloppy mistake is the difference.

We did fight back and it's disappointing we couldn't equalise."

– Laura O'Sullivan

The hope of qualifying for Euro 2021 is now out of Cymru’s hands and hangs in the balance. With one game left for Ludlow’s side in this qualifying campaign against Belarus at home, they will need to win their final match and hope that Northern Ireland drop points against Belarus to secure the second place and a spot in the play-offs.

 

CYMRU: 1 Laura O'Sullivan; 4 Sophie Ingle; 5 Rhiannon Roberts; 7 Helen Ward (19 Lily Woodham79’); 8 Angharad James; 9 Kayleigh Green (22 Georgia Walters 76’); 10 Jessica Fishlock; 11 Natasha Harding; 13 Rachel Rowe; 14 Hayley Ladd; 15 Elise Hughes (3 Gemma Evans 72’);

SUBS Not Used: 12 Olivia Clark; 21 Poppy Soper; 2 Maria Francis-Jones; 3 Gemma Evans; 6 Josephine Green; 16 Charlotte Estcourt; 17 Nadia Lawrence; 18 Kylie Nolan; 19 Lily Woodham; 20 Carrie Jones; 23 Chloe Williams 

NORWY: 1 Cecilie Fiskerstrand; 2 Ingrid Wold; 3 Maria Thorisdottir; 6 Maren Mjelde; 7 Ingrid Syrstad Engen; 9 Elise Thorsnes (11 Lisa-Marie Utland 74’); 10 Caroline Graham Hansen; 16 Guro Reiten (15 Amalie Eikeland 65’); 18 Frida Maanum; 21 Karina Sævik (8 Vilde Bøe Risa 86’); 22 Julie Blakstad

SUBS Not Used: 12 Oda Bogstad; 23 Ida Norstrøm; 4 Tuva Hansen; 5 Vilde Hasund; 13 Thea Bjelde; 14 Elisabeth Terland; 17 Kristine Minde; 19 Synne Jensen; 20 Emilie Haavi