#FIFAWWC2019 Day 19: Lionesses quash Norway in first quarter-final

England players celebrate at the final whistle. (Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA)

England will face either World Cup hosts France or holders USA for a place in the final after dispensing with Norway by three goals to nil.

Phil Neville’s side got off to the best of starts as Jill Scott scored turned in a Lucy Bronze cut-back via the post for the quickest goal of the tournament to date.

Ellen White had hit the far post before doubling the lead with a tap-in from a Nikita Parris pass before the interval.

Ellen White celebrates her goal with Nikita Parris. (Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA)

The game was won after the break when Bronze was left unattended at a free kick and drove the ball first time into the roof of the net.

Norway eventually mustered some efforts on goal and England needed a couple of Karen Bardsley saves and last-ditch Steph Houghton clearances to ensure there was no way back for the side they knocked out at the same stage four years ago.

It might have been 4-0 late on when Houghton won a penalty but Parris’s strike was well saved by Ingrid Hjelmseth.

The game was watched by another record TV audience of 7.6 million.

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