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England 1 (Stanway 10)>
Norway 2 (Maanum 58, Hansen 89)
England 1 (Stanway 10)
Caroline Graham Hansen scored in the 89th minute as Norway came from a goal behind to edge England 2-1 in Bergen.
Phil Neville made two changes to the team that started the 3-3 draw in Belgium last Thursday, with Millie Bright replacing Abbie McManus in the centre of defence and Toni Duggan coming in for Beth Mead on the left of a three-pronged attack. That meant Lucy Bronze, the recently-crowned UEFA Women's Player of the Year, was once again deployed in midfield, with Rachel Daly at right back.
Just like in Leuven five days ago, England got off to a blistering start. Steph Houghton drilled a low ball out wide to Nikita Parris. The 25-year-old laid it off first time to Georgia Stanway, who unleashed a fearsome 25-yard thunderbolt which flew into the top corner via the underside of the bar to give her side a tenth minute lead.
The youngster came close to doubling the advantage shortly after but could only watch as her shot crept wide of the far post, with Daly unable to add a vital final touch.
A heavy touch by Jodie Taylor then prevented the striker from punishing some slack Norway defending. The hosts failed to clear a Duggan free kick, although Taylor was unable to gather Bright's dink back into the box.
It took a while for Martin Sjogren's side, who England defeated 3-0 in the quarter final of the World Cup, to grow into the game but they started to find their feet midway through the first half. New Chelsea signing Guru Reiten bent a shot wide of the far post before the impressive Hansen almost caught out Carly Telford with an overhit cross to the far post, but the England keeper was equal to it.
The Scandinavians had begun to demonstrate why they are ranked 12th in the world and they were level shortly after the restart, England once again succumbing to a set piece. Amalie Eikeland was found in space 12 yards out and she forced Telford into a fine save, down low to her left.
They were level just seconds later as Maanum beat Daly to a near post corner and glanced her header into the back of the net.
Bronze almost nudged England back in front immediately after but her header, from Parris's cross, was just inches wide. Taylor had a similar chance from the opposite side, this time from Duggan's centre, though the outcome was the same with the striker unable to convert.
Norway created more chances in the second half, though none of them overly troubled either Telford or her replacement Ellie Roebuck. That was until the final throes, when England possession took them backwards from the edge of the penalty area and Bright gave the ball away to Hansen near the halfway line.
The attacker picked up possession, burst forward into the England area and beyond Steph Houghton's desperate, last ditch sliding tackle, before smashing an angled shot into the roof of the net, beyond the helpless Roebuck.
It was a bitterly disappointing end to the game for England, who will now be looking to end a run of three defeats in four matches against Brazil next month.
England: Carly Telford (sub Ellie Roebuck 78mins), Rachel Daly (sub Leah Williamson 78mins), Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris (sub Beth Mead 83mins), Lucy Bronze, Jodie Taylor (sub Beth England 78mins), Georgia Stanway (sub Fara Williams 89mins), Toni Duggan (Atletico Madrid). Subs not used: Hannah Blundell, Mary Earps, Abbie McManus, Melissa Lawley, Aoife Mannion, Anna Patten, Lucy Staniforth, Sandy MacIver.
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