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Positive Norway reap reward

Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 22.54CET
Norway 5-3 Italy Norway edge a dramatic encounter to move into the semi-finals on goal difference.

Match statistics

NorwayItaly

Goals scored5
 
3
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group B : GER / FRA / NOR / ITA(Host country: England)

TeamsPWDLFA+/-Pts
Germany Germany33008089
Norway Norway31116514
France France311145-14
Italy Italy3003412-80
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:20 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Sunday 12 June 2005, 22.54CET

Positive Norway reap reward

Norway 5-3 Italy Norway edge a dramatic encounter to move into the semi-finals on goal difference.

By Paul Saffer at Deepdale

Norway had five goals and, more importantly, a semi-final place to celebrate after their thrilling 5-3 win against Italy in Preston proved enough to take them through.

France pipped
Not only did they inflict the Azzurre's third defeat in Group B with some sublime attacking football - reciprocated by their opponents for their consolations - Norway also secured second place on goal difference and a date with Sweden after France fell 3-0 to pool winners Germany.

Forwards retained
With three points essential, Norway coach Bjarne Berntsen went for the forward line that salvaged their campaign against France in the form of second-half substitutes Lise Klaveness and 16-year-old goalscorer Isabell Herloven, while Marianne Paulsen replaced Siri Nordby in defence. With only pride to play for, Italy gave first finals starts to defender Valentina Lanzieri, midfielder Elisa Camporese and striker Melania Gabbiadini. Gioia Masia was suspended.

Swift opener
Unsurprisingly, Norway surged forward from the start, earning three corners within the first seven minutes. They scored from the third as Klaveness broke free from her marker to get her foot to Trine Rønning's centre as goalkeeper Carla Brunozzi failed to scramble the ball away.

Immediate equaliser

Italy levelled moments later. The pacy Ilaria Pasqui broke down the right, cut into the Norwegian box and her low cross was turned in by Gabbiadini. Now Norway had to attack again, and Solveig Gulbrandsen played a superb through-ball to Dagny Mellgren, whose dangerous cross was cut out by her fellow No14, Lanzieri.

Herlovesen menace
Herlovsen was threatening down the left, and one delicate cross was flicked on by Mellgren and only just eluded Klaveness's head. Mellgren then volleyed on to the underside of the crossbar and the ball eventually was scrambled behind. However, from the resultant Stensland corner Norway’s lead was restored, as Marit Fiane Chritsensen's header from the penalty spot bounced out of the reach of both Mellgren and Brunozzi and into the net. Italy almost equalised once more, only for Patrizia Panico to be dispossessed in the box.

More goals
Instead, Norway took a two-goal lead from a set-piece after Herlovsen was upended just outside the box. Stensland curled the ball in and Gulbrandsen burst forward to force it into the net. Just before the break another Herlovsen surge produced a further goal, with Mellgren connecting with her cross.

Azzurre respond
Italy had the first shot of the second half, as Pamela Conti curled wide after an impressive passing move. But on 52 minutes Gabbiadini had her second of the game as she pounced on a loose ball from an interception, strode forward and slotted in.

Klaveness again
That was the cue for Norway to increase their tally. Mellgren showed her skills on the right, cutting back for Klaveness to lift the ball past Brunozzi. Worse was to come for Italy as Lanzieri's game ended early due to a stomach injury.

Camporese's turn
Camporese was next on the scoresheet in the 69th minute, chesting down a clearance and her long-range shot leaving Bente Nordby clutching at air. Not long after, Christensen had to intercept a Pasqui cross - and then news filtered through of Germany's goals. The game petered out a little, but for Norway the hard work had been done, and they can now look forward to a Thursday showdown with neighbours Sweden in Warrington.

Attendance: 1154

Last updated: 28/03/13 3.09CET

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Lineups

Norway

Norway

Italy

Italy

1
Bente NordbyBente Nordby (GK)
1
BrunozziCarla Brunozzi (GK)
2
StangelandAne Stangeland (C)
2
DomenichettiGiulia Domenichetti
Substitution54
3
FølstadGunhild Følstad
3
ZorriTatiana Zorri
4
StenslandIngvild Stensland
5
TonaElisabetta Tona
6
ChristensenMarit Christensen
Goal30
9
PanicoPatrizia Panico (C)
7
RønningTrine Rønning
Substitution46
10
CamporeseElisa Camporese
Goal68
Yellow Card80
8
GulbrandsenSolveig Gulbrandsen
Goal35
Substitution69
11
PasquiIlaria Pasqui
Substitution90+1
9
HerlovsenIsabell Herlovsen
Substitution83
14
LanzieriValentina Lanzieri
Substitution63
14
MellgrenDagny Mellgren
Goal45
16
FicarelliElena Ficarelli
17
PaulsenMarianne Paulsen
17
GabbiadiniMelania Gabbiadini
Goal8
Goal52
20
KlavenessLise Klaveness
Goal7
Goal57
18
ContiPamela Conti
Yellow Card77

Substitutes

5
NordbySiri Nordby
4
Di FilippoSara Di Filippo
10
LehnUnni Lehn
Substitution46
6
PerelliGiulia Perelli
11
KaufmannMaritha Kaufmann
8
DeianaDamiana Deiana
Substitution63
12
HjelmsethIngrid Hjelmseth (GK)
12
CupidoMichela Cupido (GK)
13
NilsenChristine Nilsen (GK)
15
SchiaviViviana Schiavi
Substitution90+1
15
HeimlundTone Røst Heimlund
19
BoniValentina Boni
Substitution54
16
BjerkeKristin Blystad- Bjerke
20
MarchitelliChiara Marchitelli (GK)
18
M. KnutsenMarie Knutsen
Substitution69
19
FrantzenStine Frantzen
Substitution83

Coach

Bjarne Berntsen (NOR) Carolina Morace (ITA)

Referee

Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Assistant referees

Hana Spackova (CZE), Katarzyna Nadolska (POL)

Fourth official

Amy Rayner (ENG)

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