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Norwegian footballers set for Euro2013 final

Norway pried victory from the hands of their Danish counterparts in Thursday's Euro2013 semi-finals, after a Danish 87th minute goal took the 1-1 draw into a penalty shoot-out. The Norwegians will now take on the German women in Sunday's final.

Norwegian footballers set for Euro2013 final
Norway celebrate their Euro 2013 semi-final win against Denmark. Photo: Terje Bendiksby/Scanpix

The semi-final in Sweden on Thursday night had fans of opposing sides Norway and Denmark gripping their seats in suspense after a Danish striker annihilated Norway's one-goal lead in the 87th minute of the game.

After Norway scored their first goal already in the third minute, however, Norwegian sports commentators said their players became too "passive", crediting the Danes for their exuberant tries to redress the balance. NTB critiqued rigid defence structures on the Norwegian side, saying they left the field open for repeat Danish attempts at scoring. 

The star of the show was goalie Ingrid Hjelmseth who blocked the two first shoot-outs by Denmark's Line Røddik and Theresa Nielsen.

The Norwegian side's quartet of Solveig Gulbrandsen, Cathrine H. Dekkerhus, Maren Mjelde and Trine Rønning put ball to net in their attempts at goal, shoring up a 4-2 win for Norway, who are now set to take on the Germans after their dramatic semi-final against Sweden earlier in the week which had the homeside in tears. 

Norway's women have faced off with their German counterparts before, during the 1995 World Championships.

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FOOTBALL

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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