Wales Women lose narrowly in Norway

Norway scorer, Guro Reiten
Norway goalscorer Guro Reiten. (PA Images)

Wales held out hope of a positive result away to UEFA Women’s EURO Qualifyng Group C leaders Norway right until the end of a 1-0 loss.

As Sophie Ingle made her 100th appearance, fellow centurion Jess Fishlock threatened to open the scoring but saw her long-range effort turned over the bar by Brighton’s Cecilie Fiskerstrand.

Wales survived a run of corners before later letting Chelsea’s Guro Reiten go free to curl in a shot which Laura O’Sullivan failed to deal with, the ball ending in the corner of the net.

Kayleigh Green might have levelled in the first half, with the home keeper well out of her area but the effort slipped wide.

After the interval, Natasha Harding went close from the edge of the box and moments after O’Sullivan denied Caroline Graham Hansen with her legs.

Graham Hansen did then find the net from distance but it was dramatically ruled out for offside, Lisa-Marie Utland judged to have been offside and interfering with play.

Late pressure from Wales saw Fishlock volley against the post but with an infringement given, Rachel Rowe’s effort blocked, passionate calls for a penalty for handball against Maren Mjelde turned down and then a Fishlock header wide of the upright.

Kika van Es exits Everton Women

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