UEFA Women’s Euro 2022: England win again, Austria go through

England women 5-0 Northern Ireland
Two-goal substitute Alessia Russo. (Photo: www.jamespricktt.co.uk)

UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Group A was completed as England beat Northern Ireland 5-0 and Austria progressed by defeating Norway.

Watched by a 30,000 crowd at St Mary’s Stadium, Lauren Wade forced an early save from Mary Earps, while England had a penalty decision overturned for an earlier handball of their own.

Jackie Burns had to push away a Millie Bright strike, before Ellen White’s effort slipped inches wide.

Rebecca Holloway blocked Georgia Stanway’s goal-bound shot but soon after Fran Kirby found the net from the edge of the box, to make the breakthrough.

England Women 5-0 N.Ireland
Photo: www.jamespricktt.co.uk

Beth Mead doubled the lead before half-time through a crowded box and crossed for the first of Alessia Russo’s  early second half brace.

The scoring was completed when the unfortunate Kelsie Burrows deflected another Mead cross over her own keeper.

England next play on Wednesday in the quarter-finals against either Spain or Denmark, 8pm at Brighton.

Austria reached the WEURO2022 Quarter Finals
Players of Austria celebrate their victory and entry into the quarter-finals. (Daniela Porcelli /Sports Press Photo)

Austria took second place in the group with victory over Norway, in front of well over 12,000 at Brighton.

Nicole Billa got the only goal of the game eight minutes before the break, heading in a Verena Hanshaw delivery.

That lead could have been extended in the second half but Barbara Dunst and Billa both shot straight at Guro Pettersen.

Norway needed a win to go through but the bar thwarted Celin Ildhusoy, while Ada Hegerberg was denied by Manuela Zinsberger.

Austria into WEURO2022 QFs
Nicole Billa celebrates her goal. (Pedro Soares/Sports Press Photo)

Austria will now play Germany in the quarter-finals on Thursday, 8pm at Brentford FC.

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