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Berntsen hails Norway recovery

Published: Thursday 9 June 2005, 23.30CET
Bjarne Berntsen praised the second-half performance of his players after a poor start against France in Warrington.

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Goals scored1
Attempts on target1
Attempts off target0
Fouls committed0
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Group B : GER / FRA / NOR / ITA(Host country: England)

Germany Germany22005056
France France21104224
Norway Norway201112-11
Italy Italy200217-60
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:20 CET


P: Played   
W: Won   
D: Drawn   
L: Lost   
F: For   
A: Against   
+/-: Goal difference   
Published: Thursday 9 June 2005, 23.30CET

Berntsen hails Norway recovery

Bjarne Berntsen praised the second-half performance of his players after a poor start against France in Warrington.

By Kevin Ashby in Warrington

Norway and France can both still qualify from Group B after playing out a 1-1 draw at the Halliwell Jones stadium tonight. Stéphanie Mugneret-Béghé opened the scoring in the 20th minute for France - who need a draw against the Germans on Sunday to qualify - before substitute Isabell Herlovsen, 16, equalised in the 66th minute. Norway must now beat Italy to have a hope of advancing. rounds up the reaction.

Bjarne Berntsen, Norway coach
I'm not totally happy as we were going for a win and went very close to getting that when Solveig [Gulbrandsen] hit the post in the final few minutes. If that had gone in we would have been in a much stronger position. We were very poor in the first half, especially considering the way we played against Germany. We took too many touches in defence, were too slow coming out and lost the midfield battle. It was a mistake for their goal but that happens in football - even the best players in the world do that. What was really good was the way she recovered from that and played so well which proved what strong character she has. We now have to concentrate on our game against Italy and hope Germany beat France. Germany are the best team in the group and are well capable of beating France but we have to do our part of the job. We talked at half-time about playing the ball out quicker from defence, to move it at speed. We lifted our midfield up at least 15 yards and said we must attack whenever we can. It was tremendous for a 16-year-old to score such a vital goal.

Elisabeth Loisel, France coach
A draw was not enough for us here to qualify but it will be on Sunday. I thought we had scored the winning goal in the final minutes when it was ruled out for offside. In 2001 we were eliminated from this competition because of such a close decision and thankfully this time it hasn't come down to that. We played 4-3-2-1 with a defensive curtain which worked very well. The midfield formation also worked well as we were trying to negate their playmaker Gulbrandsen and stop her playing 40 metre balls. Unfortunately our attackers were not on top form and that cost us. The rhythm was high with action swinging from end to end in two or three passes - that sort of exertion is bound to take its toll late on. Germany don't normally change their team because they have qualified and we will prepare like we would any other game to try to win it.

Last updated: 10/06/05 13.44CET