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England take on Norway as the Second Round of the Women's Euro kicks-off
Sports Editor, Tomas Browne, gives us the latest on the action - from 5-nil first halfs to thrilling draws, the first round has not disappointed.
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With England kicking off tonight, it marks the start of the second round of group games in this years Women’s Euro 22. The Lionesses will be looking to build on a comfortable performance against Austria but will face a tougher task in Norway.
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In Group B, Germany and Spain have both got off to winning starts, as expected. Germany look back to their best and should maybe have beaten Denmark by more than the 4-0 result.
Spain conceded early on against Finland but managed to avoid an early tournament upset. With less than a minute on the clock they found themselves 1-0 up, but their quality shone through as they went on to win 4-1.
England fans might want to keep an eye out for Germany v Spain on Tuesday - it looks likely we will meet one of them in the next round, should we qualify.
Group C was all even across the board with Portugal and Switzerland and the Netherlands and Sweden all drawing their opening games. Reigning champions the Netherlands were held to a 1-1 with Sweden in a tightly fought contest, nothing to separate the two teams most likely to top the group.
Portugal and Switzerland provided the goals in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Bramble Lane. Switzerland may feel they could have done more after going 2-0 down inside the first 5 minutes.
And finally, Group D saw Belgium and Iceland draw 1-1 on Sunday afternoon. Neither side took their chances and with their next games against a strong French side and the Italians, it looks unlikely either will now progress.
The final game of the first week of Women’s Euro 2022 came in Rotherham as France played Italy. Needless to say, it is a game Italy will want to forget about quickly, at half time they found themselves 5 nil down! They did manage to get a consolation with 15 minutes left but the damage was already done.
Written by Tomas Browne, Sports Editor
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