Beth Mead secured a record goal haul, netting in four out of eight
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA @LIONESSES ON TWITTER
Last night, the Lionesses performed one for the history books in securing an 8-0 victory against Norway. Hosting the game at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, England have progressed to the quarterfinals of the European Women’s Championship as group winners.
Beth Mead’s hat trick secured the final eighth point, with Mead having secured four out of eight in the net. Notably, neither side has ever scored eight goals in a single Euros match in both the men’s and women’s competition until last night. This is history in the making, marking the biggest-ever win at a Women’s Euros, the highest victory since England beat Scotland 6-0 in 2017. This is also the second time in Women’s Euros history that a team has had five different players score goals in one match.
Amazingly, England secured six goals in the first half of the game. Georgia Stanway earnt England its first goal twelve minutes in through a penalty shoot-out, with Mead and Hemp working together to second the second just three minutes later. Mead slid the ball towards the goal, and Hemp back-heeled it in in an adrenaline-filled moment.
Shortly after, Ellen White netted the third goal shortly before the half-hour mark, scoring her first goal of the evening. Then, in just a seven-minute period, England scored three more goals, holding intense possession in the second half of the game and scoring a further two goals.
In a statement shared on the @Lionesses Twitter account, Beth Mead stated: “Honestly it is an incredible feeling to feel like I do right now. I don’t think I even dreamt of this. But I am just so happy that I could get the goals to help the team.” Jill Scott furthered in an interview with Sky Sports: “These games don’t come about very often. To walk away with such a big win…I thought the team was so good today. At half time, I was a bit in shock at what was happening. It was almost a perfect performance, really.”
Everyone should be talking about this victory today. And if you’re not, but you’re bigging up the men’s game, you should re-evaluate. The Lionesses return to Brighton on 20 July. To keep up with their progress, follow them across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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